From a Graduate Who Finished College Three Years Ago
Start writing a post
Student Life

From a Graduate Who Finished College Three Years Ago

Three years ago, I was in their shoes, just as nervous, terrified and scared of the unknown. But I promise it all worked out.

From a Graduate Who Finished College Three Years Ago

Response to “It's Okay To Not Know What's Next.”

Earlier this week, I was asked to speak at my alma mater (Go Illinois State Redbirds! Woo!) about life after graduation to a group of communication students. I and two other young graduates talked about what value we have gotten out of our work experiences since graduation, the easiest and hardest things to adjust to in your career and more. It was a blast and I am so glad they invited me, but it is crazy to me that three years ago, I was in their shoes, just as nervous, terrified and scared of the unknown.

Like many graduates, I had no idea what was upcoming. I was applying to jobs around my hometown with PR agencies and other communication positions. I had an internship lined up when the pandemic hit in March 2020. The internship program was put on hold and I was without a job and had no money coming in. I panicked, as most other people were at this time, and was upset that my plan was ruined. The “plan” was to get a job at a big PR agency where I would figure out what I liked to do and then go from there.

The thing about plans is that you can plan for them all you want, but it doesn’t mean it is always going to work out. I mean I planned on walking across that stage in 2020 with a job/internship lined up when I got home, celebrating with my friends and family. The world had other plans. But without that fork in the road, I would not have ended up at my dream job. It was not easy getting there. I had two internships and a part-time job before ending up at a full-time job. Just for me to not love it like I thought I would. But it all worked out.

It’s okay not to know what is next. That is the beauty, but also the nightmare, of life. Life tests you in so many ways and, honestly, pushes you to best version of yourself. I am a control freak and always look at what is up next. But remind yourself that you are doing all the right things: applying for jobs, networking, updating your resume, etc. All those things you are doing right now will work out for you. Even if it’s not your dream job, you are still using those skills and learning more about working that grind.

One of my biggest pieces of advice to those communication students is that if you were not ready, you wouldn’t have the opportunity. All of this is to say, don’t let the “3-5 years of experience” prevent you from applying or don’t diminish your successes and skills that would prevent you from being the best fit for the position. You are amazing. You got to where you are now and you should be so proud of that. Be confident in yourself and go for it. I was in your shoes and I promise you, it will all work out.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments