5 Things to Do After College Graduation

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5 Things to Do After College Graduation

‌As milestones go, graduation is up there with the greatest achievements of a young life.

With hindsight, it may be revealed as the undisputed greatest, even if right now there are other contenders for the title.

After the frantic final months of studenthood, there comes a point where you get it all in perspective: those days are over.

That book is closed.

Another volume is about to open. In the meantime, what is a person in the prime of their life supposed to do now?

Things to Do After College Graduation – Breathe

It seems that in every single movie these days, someone advises someone else to do this: take a deep breath.

In other words, calm down; don’t hyperventilate (you can see why they use one short word instead).

Truly, your breathing period may be a few hours of reflection, a few days, or several months. It may involve lying in bed, sitting on a park bench, lazing on a beach, daily journaling, or heading off somewhere to do all four.

But it’s worth taking some time to absorb what has just happened and enjoy the feeling.


Having stroked the past and put it to rest, then comes the time to see where this leaves you.

You may have had a vague idea of what comes next but see how it feels now. If you’re already committed to a career, you may have no choice but to get showered and dressed and get out there.

But if your picture is still unfocused, the brain needs to be engaged again for some preliminary meditation.

Things to Do After College Graduation – Plan

Now that you’ve got this qualification under your belt, what can it help you to achieve?

Do you want to find your dream job and see a bright, lucrative future in an obvious direction?

What do you want: a meteoric rise in an exciting new environment?

A solid gold career path with job security because the world is full of strife and uncertainty?

Do some research and find out how things are, right here, right now. From tech startups that most people don’t even understand to classic careers, the options are limited only by your imagination.


You’re at the gateway to your future, and there is this big, inviting option looking at you.

For the first time in your life, you have a clear road ahead on which you have the potential to earn money.

No more bits and pieces to fill evenings and weekends and vacation time.

This is the real deal.

You’re going to embark on this thing called a career, whether that means one employer for the foreseeable future or a series of stepping stones.

Things to Do After College Graduation – Repay

This might seem to put a damper on the whole business, but it’s a reality.

The student loan that enabled you to do the whole college thing now has to be repaid.

But here’s the good news in that now that you are in the driver’s seat, you may be able to renegotiate the terms.

You can check out student loan refinance options.  And, you may be able to use your new earning power to pay the loan off faster.

If you have a co-signer, maybe a parent, you may be able to get them off the hook and take on sole responsibility.

Or you may knuckle down and start doing what must be done.

One thing is for sure… you can do this!

Your brain, your personality, and your shrewdness are about to start making deposits in the “Bank of You.”

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