You Made It to Graduation! Now What?


You should be very proud of all your achievements. But now that you no longer have the routine homework, you might feel lost. After graduating, many people find themselves with a lack of direction. You’ve got your degree -- what are you going to do next?

Here are three smart things for after you graduate.

Join an Alumni Association

Your university's alumni association is an essential part of life after school. Besides sending you news and updates on your classmates, your alumni group could offer classes and webinars for professional development. You may also be eligible for discounts on certain products.

Talk to a Career Counselor

For most people, the first weeks after graduation are a time for seeking out new professional opportunities. You don’t have to go it alone. Seek out guidance from an expert career counselor. They can review your resume and suggest career paths you may not have considered. Schedule an appointment with Career Services – don’t wait!

Be a Lifelong Learner

It may sound cliché, but lifelong learning is crucial for your career, your happiness, and your wellbeing. Now that you’re out of school, you get to choose what to learn and how. So watch documentaries. Read as many books as possible. Take classes and learn a new hobby. And when you’re ready, go to graduate school and earn your Master’s degree.

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Of course, if you’re still working on your degree, go ahead and put some of these actions on your calendar now. It’s never too early to plan ahead.

But if you’re one of this year’s 1.8 million new college graduates, you’ve proven that you can stick to a goal for years until you achieve it. Now your challenge is to keep up that momentum. Go for it! And don't forget to share with our Facebook community what you're doing after graduation.

Written by Michael Mussman
Michael is Editor of Forward Thinking, the Ashford University

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