Are you facing that challenging post-graduation period when the summer partying is over? Maybe your college friends are scattered all over the place? Perhaps the cold reality of ‘what now?’ is slapping you in the face?
You might also be living at home with your parents after gaining your degree. And I know that being in limbo feels unsettling. After all, I’ve seen it with my own daughters after graduation.
What helps to manage your personal wellbeing after graduation?
Transition is About Change
What served you before in university may not serve you in your new environment.
For example, you may cling to existing habits and the familiar, and dislike taking risks. Or you might embrace the change as an exciting adventure as you look forward to asserting yourself further. Yet, whatever your situation may be, it taxes your emotions, your mind, and your pocket. Often, graduates say it feels like a conflicting mix of liberation and anxiety.
“Job hunting can be really, really hard and demoralizing. But struggle and rejection are part of working life. Overall, it’s all good training.”
5 Ideas to Self-Manage
Here are five approaches to managing your personal wellbeing for a healthy transition after graduation:
- Recognize your emotions| Don’t hold on to being in denial about your situation (“I’ll do it tomorrow”). Same for anger (“It’s not my fault”), or frustration (“I don’t know what to do”). If you hold on too long, nothing changes other than feeling even more stuck. Self-doubt is normal, especially if your friends are making more progress than you.
- Embrace the change | Know what change looks and feels like to you. Manage the endings and beginnings well. Let go of behaving like a student and take up learning to be professional at work. Employers want professionalism at every stage of their relationship with you. How will you show that during your job search?
- Get support | Know who to go to for specific issues so you make the transition quicker and healthier. The support of friends going through a similar experience will help you get a sense of perspective. It also provides empathy and compassion, and gives your confidence a welcome boost.
- Explore | The blank canvas of your future is an invitation to paint any picture in your true colors. Your picture might be work, travel or something else. What can you visualize? What do you lean towards?
- Commit | Show you are signed up to moving on. Get stuck into something, add value and make a difference. Be alert to the opportunities along the way and don’t settle for less. Use your humanity, intelligence, and wisdom.
“It takes a great deal of resilience to make your way in the job-hunt. You need to work on strategies to look after yourself mentally as much as the practical, systematic work of finding job opportunities.”
Prioritize Your Personal WellBeing
Yes, the present may feel unsettling. However, transition is a part of the natural process of renewal. One that, while challenging, brings its own rewards.
Where are you emotionally post-graduation?
Which one of these five approaches to personal wellbeing might be your highest priority?
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About the Author: David Shindler helps you to be clearer, more confident, and purposeful so you take the right job and career actions for you. Career Coach, Blogger, Online Courses for young professionals, Books on developing your employability, internships, and attitudes for success.