• Serena McGowan

The Best Advice I Received Post Graduation

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

The most famous, most intimidating question I was asked post graduation, "So, now what?"

The typical college dream is to graduate college and immediately start working for a big company in your field doing what you love, right? This is what I thought I had to do post graduation. My professors would constantly tell us eager seniors about where the class before us was working, and the class before them, and so on.

“We've had students work for the NHL, Telephonics, Suffolk County precincts, and more.”

Awesome, these are huge, massive companies. How did these students land jobs so big so quick?

Shocking Truth

I wanted to be like those students. I wanted to land an entry level position in a huge company and start working in my field right away. I became so wrapped up in the obsession of landing a fantastic starting position that I made myself stressed, upset, and exhausted.

The best advice I was given post graduation was to be patient and at peace. Graduating college in itself is a HUGE accomplishment and I wasn't seeing that. The only thing I was focused on was how I was turned down interview after interview and could not figure out what I was doing wrong and why no one wanted to hire me.

In the end, I realized it was not a me problem. Maybe I didn't have enough years under me, maybe someone was simply just better. It happens. I constantly had to be reminded not to force an employment opportunity and when the right one comes along, that I'll be at peace with it. It's okay to graduate college and not be working forty hours a week the next day. My advice to you is this, stay persistent, keep looking, and don't settle for the first opportunity that comes your way. But, through all that, take time to enjoy and appreciate everything you have accomplished.