You may one day wake up and find yourself clueless with a diploma, be it for a line of work you enjoy from the bottom of your heart or something you forced yourself to complete to achieve higher education. You’ve graduated from university, and are clueless as to what your next steps should be. Here are a few tips to motivate you and help organize yourself.
After having achieved such a big milestone within your life, it is time you choose a path completely for yourself. There are cases when your diploma would lead you to a path you do not feel passionate about anymore. In other cases, your career may start blossoming after graduation and your opportunities lead you toward your goals. Either way, if you aren’t already, it is time for total independence.
Your first step should be finding things you enjoy doing and that elevate your quality of life. After many strenuous years of academia and having little to no time, it is time you explore yourself as an autonomous individual. The world becomes your sandbox. Try exploring your hobbies, and as written in the next paragraph, search for a job for yourself, if you don’t already have one.
Experience above all
Ideally, you would already have experience in being a part of the workforce from internships or student jobs completed during your student years, but if you don’t fret, there is still hope, just focus on self-assessment. If you do happen to have the proper experience, then it is a question of writing it into your resume and being able to utilize the knowledge you gained from those jobs.
The first way to get experience is to apply for internships, through which you can gain experience relating to your industry, as well as prove your potential to future employers. The most important part of working any job is gaining contacts, to be able to create a network for yourself. Creating a network can come in handy at all times of life, so try your hardest and pump up the charisma.
Another way would be to do volunteer work relating to the career you wish to have, though that comes without pay of course. Volunteering is based mainly on ethics, so you can develop as an individual and an employee/ future employer without any constraints.
Lastly, you can find many types of jobs, for example full-time, part-time, or you can become an entrepreneur with proper funding, which will be expanded upon in later paragraphs.
Drive towards your goal
Think about your future. How do you imagine yourself? What values motivate you? What morals do you live by and what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your dream? It may sound like a cliche, but persistence is key. Before persistence, let’s break down why self-assessment is important and how to utilize your skill sets for success.
Say you were to become an entrepreneur, and start your own company from an idea there is probably demand for. To support that company, you have to bring forth many things, including policies by which you expect your employees to work. To do so, you must first answer the aforementioned questions and analyze what ideals would be an economically realistic frame for your company.
Focus on what you are already able to utilize to apprehend your goal, for example, maybe you are good at social media, marketing, or have a friend who is skilled in graphic design. In essence, organize what marketable skills you are endowed with, and who you can work with.
Becoming successful takes a lifetime of work, so without commitment and persistence, there is no chance for it. You need to know what you want, how you want it and have people who will help you achieve it along the line, which is why building a network was mentioned earlier. It also takes passion, be it towards a goal or a career path. Focus on reaching your full potential as a boss and as a team, and never forget to celebrate achievements.
Another tip you hear often is that you need to focus, but what does that truly mean? It means you need to be brave and willing to take risks and think outside the box. People want to see and experience new things, whilst maintaining quality.
Reality and self-fulfillment
We’ve covered having an education, expanding on an idea and finding demand for it, your existing skills to use to market said idea, as well as building your network and having mentioned financial stability. The next step would be creating the business.
To create the business means finding a location for it, choosing a structure for it, since there are factors like registration requirements, taxes, laws, personal liabilities, etc. Choosing a name for it and advertising it the way you wish, which can be done online, business cards, WOW marketing (word of mouth), newspapers, television, directories, and so forth.
You start by registering it legally. Depending on the country you are in, you get an employer identification number, open a bank account and pay taxes, which you can hire an accountant for.
If you end up being a part of the workforce rather than an entrepreneur, you can use the tips from this article in your career, be it working as a chef or for a company, it just takes passion towards a goal.
You must find ways to be satisfied in your personal life as well, so you can also continue having a healthy life next to work. Find time for yourself and your loved ones whenever you find it suitable and never forget to maintain yourself with your hobbies. Mental and physical health are also things people tend to neglect. You can avoid negligence by remembering to stop and focus on yourself.
Overall, hopefully, this article helps organize yourself and motivates you to do better and achieve further milestones.