You may have been more than ready to accept your college Diploma, but as far as the stress that comes with it, you may not have felt as equally prepared. As soon as you walk across the platform to accept your degree, it’s commonplace for well-wishers to start bombarding you with questions: Where are you going to work? What are you going to do now? Where you are going to live?
And to their surprise, and perhaps your own, you simply don’t have all of the answers.
As you begin to navigate the next chapter of your life, keep these important tips in mind:
Leverage the Internet for Employment Opportunities
Several years ago legitimate work-from-home opportunities were limited to things like selling Tupperware, but today virtual opportunities abound. The advent of online businesses, combined with companies realizing that they can save money and even increase productivity by allowing employees to work from home, has resulted in legitimate virtual job opportunities across a variety of business sectors. From writing and editing, to serving as a consultant, tutor or even teacher, you can find opportunities to earn an income without leaving your home. And since you’re telecommuting, it buys you some time to determine where you want to settle down after moving out of your college housing.
Make Finding a Job a Part-Time Position, Not a Full-Time One
As much as you may hear ‘you should make it your job to find a job,’ spending all your time finding work is just not practical, especially if you don’t have the luxury of living with family while you save up money to move out on your own. If you haven’t got something lined up, seek out a temporary or short-term position until you land the job you’re looking for.
Make the Most of Your Part-Time Jobs
Chances are, your first post-graduation job isn’t going to be your dream one. If you’re working part-time, look for opportunities to network and even create your own position within the company you work for. Consider ways you can move up the ladder, perhaps by becoming a manager, transferring to corporate headquarters, or leading a new project. Even if you don’t feel the urge to move up within that company, network with your peers and the company’s patrons. They could very well hold the key to your dream career if you make an effort to get to know them.
Think Like an Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship may seem like the fail-safe method when you can’t find a job. But a word of caution: being an entrepreneur is hard work. It is indeed the young visionaries who make profound impact on the world with their brilliant ideas. Even they face struggles, though, and many are not averse to taking on side work while they get their passion businesses going. Whatever you decide to pursue, just be patient because it could take some time to get things off the ground.
The prospect of totally being on your own can be stressful at times. As you embark on this new phase in your life, lean on your support network, figure out what you really want to do, and earn an income doing what you can as you search for your ideal job.
About Author: Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.