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Post-Grad Blues And How To Deal With Them

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Congratulations class of 2014! The stress of writing research papers papers and cramming for exams is finally over for you! Now that it is all over, you may find that you are not feeling as happy and relieved as you had expected. That is normal! Now that you have graduated there are all sorts of new responsibilities and stresses awaiting you, but it’s important to not let the stress overwhelm you.

Here are some suggestions on how to deal with any post-graduation blues:

1. Job Search

This is probably the number one cause of stress for recent graduates. The job hunt can take a lot longer than you had expected and you may feel as if you’ll never find anything. Just be patient. Look for entry level positions online and in the meantime, enjoy the time off that you won’t have when you start working!

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2. New Lifestyle Adjustment

After over 17 years of sitting in a classroom, it could feel totally bizarre to just stop. It may take a while to adjust to this, but with time you’ll find yourself in a new daily routine that will start to feel normal. Some of you may even realize that you actually miss school and decide to go back to further your education. The important thing is to give yourself the time to figure it out.

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3. Student Loans

While we’re in college we may not always think about the student loans that are piling up over the years. Then we graduate and all of a sudden the amount hits you. Debt can be a huge burden and cause tons of stress. So sit down, plan out a budget, and a plan for paying off your loans. Writing out a plan and seeing it can make the debt seem less scary and overwhelming.

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This is the time to relax and take advantage of your new found freedom. Do not let the stress of graduating take over your life. Enjoy the fact that you graduated! If possible, travel. It can be a great way to discover something new about the world and about yourself. You accomplished something great, so bask in your accomplishment!

Have you experienced any of these feelings after graduating? If so, what do you do to deal with your post-grad blues?

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Things To Avoid Saying To A Recent Graduate

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After college, I noticed I was getting the same questions over and over from family members and their friends, “What will you do now?” or “Have you found a job yet?” One family member made a point of saying how when she was finished with high school, she already had kids and a husband set up.

Sometimes what comes off as reminiscing, can really be taken as criticism, so if you find yourself getting the same irritating questions, feel free to show that person this list of things not to say to someone who has just graduated! You can even learn from this list when talking to fellow graduates.

1. Do You Have A Job Yet?

Hold your horses! Graduating college doesn’t mean we’re going to graduate with a job! Instead of asking this person if they have a job yet, go with the more appropriate, “So what’s next for you?” It’s less likely to come across as a put-down if they don’t have a job or even a job offer yet.

Post-Grad College Job Search

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2. How Much Money Do You Owe Now?

I understand that most people are just curious when they ask how much debt someone graduated college with, but we just graduated. We don’t want or need a reminder that we’re going to be paying back thousands of dollars forever and ever.

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3. Why Did You Study That In College?

I don’t understand why some people choose to study art in college, but I’m not going to go up to them and ask them what they were thinking. There isn’t really a nice way to ask someone why they chose to study a particular subject or than maybe asking what job they are looking for.

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4. What’s Your Life Plan?

Not only is this a huge question, it’s also not something a lot of grads feel good answering. Sometimes we don’t have it all figured out. Plans change, job interests change, etc. Focus on goals within a year instead.

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5. Are You Still Living At Home?

Chances are if we’re living at home, it’s not something we’re psyched about. In a dream world, each grad would end up with their own place instead of driving back to mom and dad at the end of the day.

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6. Are You In A Relationship Yet?

Am I the only one who seems to get this question on the regular from family members? Sometimes it feels like we’re reverting back to the 50s when women and men were supposed to graduate not just with a degree, but with a marriage proposal too.

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7. You Should Have….

Ever hear the phrase, ‘Unsolicited advice is often taken as criticism?’ If you’re offering advice to someone who hasn’t requested it, it has a high chance of backfiring and being taken offensively.

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8. Why Didn’t You….?

Again, this could be taken as criticism. We are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. It is only natural for us to make mistakes – that is part of living life.

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Everyone is different, and so are their lives. What might be good for one person may not necessarily be good for another. Everything will fall into place over time.

 

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5 Things To Stop Thinking About After Graduation

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As I neared graduation, I couldn’t help but think of all the awesome ways my life was about to change. I knew after graduation I would be working full time in an office doing what I had spent so many days studying, and I would be living alone in a great apartment. Unfortunately, my road has taken me down a different path. Should you find yourself in the same position, don’t fall into the pit of negativity. It is normal for life to not always take the expected path after graduation.

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Here are some common thoughts you might be thinking after graduating:

1. It’s The End Of The World

Graduating college without a job waiting for you is not exactly the best feeling when you’ve been hearing about Sally and John who do have jobs waiting for them. You see social media posts filling up your Facebook about how so-and-so is moving into their own place is also not a great feeling when you probably have to move back home. Although it can be discouraging and sad, it’s not the end of the world. Your time will come, don’t rush it.

2. I Should Have Studied Something Else

I have just recently fallen into this kind of thinking. It just so happens I picked one of the most difficult areas of study to find a job in: journalism. Unlike other fields (like medical), some of us will have our work cut out for us just in job searching alone – but just because it gets hard and the road gets bumpy, that doesn’t mean you picked the wrong major. Remind yourself why you chose to study what you did. It’s important to do what you love.

3. College Was A Waste Of Time And Money

Just a heads up, the six month grace period after graduation flies by! Loan payments are not fun, but remind yourself college was an investment. When I catch myself thinking college was a waste of time, I remind myself that just because it may not have paid off yet, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good decision. Use this somewhat-negative thinking to kick yourself into high gear for finding a job!

4. This Is Embarrassing

“Have you found a job yet?” “What are you doing with all of your free time?” “Your friends found jobs, didn’t they?” These are the kinds of questions you might get after you’ve graduated and several months have gone by. You may want to crawl under a rock and you may want to heave a big sigh and leave the room. You may feel your cheeks heat up with embarrassment because the person asking you these questions is reminding you of your circumstances. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself to this person, but if you do, be honest. Tell them life isn’t so easy, but you’re doing your best. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone except yourself, and if you are okay with the decisions you are making, everyone else should be too.

5. I Should Be In The Same Place As So-And-So

In life, comparing yourself to others is a dangerous act. Although, it is easy to do today with Facebook and other social media sites where you can see daily what others are up to. Why keep torturing yourself? Your journey is different from everyone else’s, so comparing yourself to someone else is a recipe for disaster. Not all of us had the training wheels taken off our bike at the same time; it’s only natural not all of us will have a job and be able to afford our own place at the same time either. The worst idea is to push yourself into something before you are ready.

Proud College Graduates

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What thoughts have you had post-grad? How are you handling them?

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Battling Post-Grad Depression

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I graduated from college at the end of last summer, and while I’m excited to be done, there can be a lot of worries that come with being done with classes forever.

Along with combating a little post-grad depression, it is a lot of work hunting for a job that satisfies my personal career goals. While I knew I was taking a gamble majoring in journalism (a rocky field in our current economic state), I didn’t prepare myself for the job of finding a job! No matter what state of mind you’re in, I have a few tips that will help you stay positive post-grad:

1. Keep Busy

My mom helped remind me that staying busy and doing other things around the house or with friends would make me feel productive while I look for a full-time job in my desired field. So even when I feel like I’m doing nothing but using up my computer battery job-hunting, I know I’ve been helpful elsewhere.

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2. Talk About It

Instead of keeping all my feelings and frustrations to myself, it’s been a nice outlet talking to friends and family about my life and the struggles I’m facing. They usually have great ideas, and even if they can’t suggest something helpful, they know what I’m going through and I have a weight off my chest.

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3. This Is Only Temporary

Nothing lasts forever, including the depression you feel after graduation. Remind yourself every day of this and things won’t seem so hopeless.

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4. You Are Not Alone

You’re not the only one having problems. A lot of students are finding themselves with post-grad issues. Find a website, find fellow grads, and talk to fellow friends. Hook up and discuss what you’re dealing with, then your problems won’t seem so big when you realize you are not alone.

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5. Look For Inspiration

Sometimes it can be helpful finding another person who has your dream job and reading about what struggles they faced getting to that position. Follow in their footsteps, get some ideas, and try contacting them for advice. Maybe you could try job shadowing them if possible so you can get a little hands on experience and get a foot in the door!

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Are you experiencing any post-grad woes?

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Post-Grad Options

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“If you can’t jump over life’s hurdles, limbo under them.”

This is exactly how I am approaching life after graduation. There have been many articles addressing the struggles the graduating class of 2013 will be facing in finding a job so soon after a recession. Discouraging is not the only word that comes to mind when we think about the task at hand. And don’t even talk to us about what we say when family ask us what our next steps are.

I have been feeling nervous about life post-grad. I’ve been applying for jobs since March and there hasn’t been a single call of interest. I eventually grew sick of feeling helpless and finally channeled that frustration into not only finding other options, but into actually pursuing them.

Here are some post-grad options for you to consider:

1. Peace Corps

Last week I had my first interview with the Peace Corps and I’m already moving on to the next stage. I can’t begin to say how much of a relief it’s been knowing I have this as an option. A two year commitment abroad, rewarding life experiences, and $7,500 at the end? Sign me up!

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2. Au Pair Abroad

I know what you’re thinking. A nanny? However, it’s not as unappealing as it sounds. The website I’ve been going through, Au Pair World, allows both au pairs and families to seek each other out for a mutually beneficial arrangement. As an au pair, you become part of the family, not an employee. You interview with different families from around the world, choose one, and off you go for as little as three months to as long as 24 months. My interviews are next week!

Au Pair Family Girls

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3. Teach Abroad

To be specific, for me it’s the Middle East. When I told my family about my decision to try to teach there, they freaked out. “What is the crime rate?” “what if there’s no running water?” and “what if a war breaks out?” are only some of the questions they have asked.

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These are my top three options for now. Keep up with my blogs to find out more about these options and where I end up! College grads, look into your own options. It’s not a guarantee that you will have a job when you want it, but it’s a great feeling knowing you have fall backs.

Good luck!

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