I Don't Know What I'm Doing Once I Graduate

I Don't Know What I'm Doing Once I Graduate

Please stop asking me

6
I Don't Know What I'm Doing Once I Graduate
Courtesy of Raisa Bruner

Imagine walking down a beautiful road, every step has been paved out for you. The path is clear and, while there are some forks in the road, it is very apparent where you should go. Suddenly the path ends, and you're left standing in front of a forest; you have no direction, no end in sight, and worst of all no path. That is how most college seniors feel. So, please stop asking, "what do your plans after college look like?" because we don't know.

For everyone going to elementary, middle, and high school was a must. This meant you always knew what the next year would hold. Even if it was having a locker next to the kid who smelled like beef, at least you knew what you were in for. And for many kids, college was a logical next step. While you were unsure what the future at your university would look like, maybe you'd actually live with the kid that smelled like beef, you knew that you would have security for the next four years. But once college ends, what do you do?

Whether it's parents, relatives, professors, classmates, or friends, everyone asks, on a regular basis, "What are your hopes and dreams now that college is almost over?" The idea that you are supposed to already have gone ahead and weed-whacked a path for yourself before you have even laid eyes on your graduation cap is terrifying.

As of April 2014, 83 percent of seniors said they did not have a job lined up after graduating, despite 72.7 percent reporting that they were actively looking for one, according to AfterCollege. If it was just my academic advisor or my mom consistently asking me, it would be a less threatening question. But when it is something I hear every time I meet someone new, it becomes engrained in my brain and makes it difficult to focus on actually finishing college.

We're all scared and worried about making our way through this metaphorical and literal forest that is the job market. Applying to jobs now is both far easier and way more difficult than it was even 20 years ago. You now have access to thousands of jobs and thousands of sites to help perfect your resume or write your cover letter, but so does every other college graduate with internet access. The sheer volume of choices coupled with the reminder that you're only one of the "first 100 candidates" to apply is overwhelming.

Applying to jobs is difficult, and you probably had two or three internships by the time you're ready to graduate, but, contrary to popular belief, just because you had an internship does not mean that you have a job. According to the DailyCaller, only about 25 percent of students say they were able to swing an internship into a real job. Those experiences look great on your resume, but they can't help you move out of your parent's house.

With all this pressure to just get a job, it can be tempting to take the first thing you're offered. But that first job, however arbitrary, can impact the rest of your career. According to CNBC, recent grads "who end up in jobs that didn't require a college degree are five times as likely to still be in such a position five years later, compared with those who put their diploma to use right away."

We become faced with this predicament of trying to find a job fast, but a good job; a job that we like, but makes an impact; a job that means something to us, but pays well. While it is very beneficial to have a plan, most of us don't.

So, please don't ask a college senior what their plan for graduation is, instead just ask how they're doing.

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

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.

NBC

From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments