No one told me that going out into the real world and acting like an adult would be the most stressful time of my life. As my days ended in a one-year grad program, I contemplated every night what I was going to do with my life after crossing that graduation stage. My friends and I were all frantic with job and internship searching – all to no avail (at least for me). As the hype of graduation wound down and my friends left for their respective internships, I realized that this was life’s way of telling me that I wasn’t ready for a job just days after graduation.
Here are four reasons as to why working right after graduating college may not be your best idea:
1. Lack of funds to move to a new (and possibly more expensive) city.
There is no denying that going to college and graduate school is going to leave you drowning in debts. You also probably spent too much money going out every weekend to heal your wounds, so moving back home to your parents might soften the blow of paying your credit cards. Most parents will take us back and not make us pay rent, as long as we don’t stay at home jobless. Take advantage of that time to expand your job search and even get a part-time job in the meantime.
2. You need to de-stress
There is no doubt that going to college is stressful. Having to juggle a social life, studies, and your physical/mental/emotional health is no joke. College pushes us to try our best. No wonder graduation is such a big celebration. It means you survived. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have your fair share of battle wounds. Take your time to go back home, see friends you haven’t seen in years and enjoy not having to do all-nighters because you have a midterm the next day.
3. Traveling. Need I say more?
Most of my friends have decided to travel after graduation, even if it’s just for a few weeks or a month. College may have taught you about different cultures, but there is nothing like really experiencing them by going to different countries. Also, you do not have to limit yourself to working near home or somewhere in your state for work. There are job opportunities overseas, and help is guaranteed when you move to another country.
4. Something better will come along
I always believe that things happen for a reason. My friends tell me that something better, my dream job, is around the corner, and that’s why I haven’t gotten other internships or jobs. It was hard to believe them because I knew they just wanted to make me feel better, but in time, I realized they were right. Everyone gets their dream internship or job, and mine is just around the corner. Yours is too. Something better will come along. You will be ready and internship/job-free when it happens. It’s just a matter of waiting.