Most graduates have rehearsed a response to “What are you going to do next?” that comes with a convincing smile, but deep down inside they’re not sure. I can assure you of this because I launched one of those four years ago.
It’s graduation week in our part of the world. You’d think it’s a great time to talk about purpose with all of the brilliant minds being unleashed on the world. What you might not realize when you ask a graduate, “What are your plans for the rest of your life?” is that so many of them don’t know. Take my advice and soften your approach at grad parties this week. Consider this story.
My eldest daughter had rehearsed her response to these questions about what she was going to study, but really she wasn’t certain what she would do with a psychology degree. She didn’t know whether she’d go into clinical work or applied psych. It caused her no small amount of stress even into her freshman year, as she tried out business courses to test her resolve in sticking with the psych program. She’s glad she did because now that she has graduated from college and scored a job in consumer behavior research, she knows for a fact that psychology is marketable and you can get a real job with that degree.
Here are the five strategies that helped my senior stay on track and come out on top.
If you were drawn to this article, maybe it’s because you have a graduate in your life or YOU are embarking on a new venture. Congratulations, either way, on seeking strategies to cultivate a life that counts for something bigger than ego. Imagine a world where everyone lives their passions every day.