I think we all have an idea of where we want to be after we graduate from college. Some aren’t really sure; others are very calculated. The “real world” holds endless opportunities for the hopefuls who endure years of education for this: freedom.
For me, I knew I was to move across the country after my internship drew to a close at the end of the summer. Beyond that, nothing else was set in stone. The summer came and left me in the blink of an eye and before I knew it, I was packing up my entire life to move to Seattle.
Flash forward four months, and here I sit, still a hopeful who applies to every position possible and who goes out of her way to get interviews. The real world holds endless possibilities for those who embrace them, but here are some tips to take into consideration if things don’t go exactly as you might have hoped:
Not everything will go as planned – I’m a very calculated person. I knew for four years that I would move to Washington State after college. I’m very punctual and I take pride in my organization. That being said, it’s a hard pill to swallow when things don’t work out. It’s better to know that not everything will go your way – that way the punches don’t seem so earth-shattering.
Don’t give up on your goals – This sounds über cheesy, I know. Despite my stumbles along the way, I’ve never given up on my ideal career and life goals. At times, it will be hard to remain positive but it is imperative that you maintain a positive mindset and focus on what you can do to maintain your knowledge and continue to further it.
Learn to go with the flow – This was a difficult one for me. As mentioned before, I’m very calculated. That being said, I used to be a person who didn’t adapt very well when something didn’t go as planned. Be an adaptable individual – if nothing else, I’ve learned that humans are endlessly susceptible to learning. Take the hiccups in your stride and keep your head up; it’s most important to remember that your journey is only just beginning.
You earn what you give – Don’t expect to be handed things after college. A perfect career or job will not fall into your lap (although that would be pretty great). You must always put forth your best effort and results will follow. Your world won’t change in the blink of an eye, but your hard work will eventually pay off.
Keep your chin up – It’s most frustrating when things don’t happen as you may have imagined but there is always a silver lining. You may not have secured the past few jobs you applied for but at least you practiced your interviewing skills. Think of a positive factor in every outcome – whether it be seemingly insignificant or monumental – you’re constantly lighting the pathway to the job you’re meant to have.
The “real world” is what you make it. There will be difficult times and there will be joyous ones. The most important thing is that you enjoy where you sit and your passion drives your next steps. Make the most of your youth and allow yourself to learn everything you possibly can. Who knows, we may see you on the covers of magazines one day.
Courtney Schultz is an EMU alum who holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications. She currently resides in the greater Seattle area. Contact Courtney via Twitter @cschulPR.