One day, you realized that you’re already throwing the cap. Excitement rushes in your veins and you waltzed into the house. Much to your chagrin, your family feels the same. You fulfilled your purpose.
Then someone drops the ticking bomb, “So, what’s next?”
It’s very common for fresh graduates to face this problem. Millennials, in particular, feel keenly troubled by this. Most of them are overwhelmed by the fact that some of their peers are set on what they want to do after college.
However, little that everyone knows that most of us don’t have a clue of what to do after college until much later.
You are not alone. Mark Mason once said:
“It’s a struggle almost every adult goes through. “What do I want to do with my life?” “What am I passionate about?” “What do I not suck at?” I often receive emails from people in their 40’s and 50’s who still have no clue what they want to do with themselves.”
Are they ways to help you find your purpose? Yes, there are.
Examine Your Strengths and Weaknesses
What are the things you’re good at?
By the same token, what are the things you rather avoid, because you’re so bad at it?
Understanding your strength and weakness enables you to narrow down that list of skills that is suitable for you.
If you’re bad at repetitive tasks, for example, avoid administration service or data entry jobs that centered heavily on it. On the other hand, if you like meeting people, you can try a business development role where you’re required to do exactly that.
This point complements the next point we will discuss
Understand Your Motivation
Find out things that make you forget to eat and sleep, those things that made time pass quickly; the things you never tired of.
Take a piece of paper and jot them down, list everything that comes to mind.
Then take the time to ponder, if I get jobs related to these, what I want to achieve?
Do you want a writing job to become a better writer? Or an IT job because you love big data? Maybe a consulting job because you’re interested in the HR industry? With this guide in mind, you’re able to assess potential employers as well as notice the bad signs in in interview.
Slowly, you will also develop the criteria of ‘suitable job’ for you and hunt the job based on the criteria.
Explore, Fail, and Repeat
After knowing the things that interest you, begin to explore new opportunities and projects, such as an internship, volunteer, or a part-time job.
Exposing yourself to a variety of activities will help in developing soft skills, growing your network.
You are creating something in the process, the skill of understanding yourself. So when you decided to jump into an industry, you’re not just jumping into the trend, but having the skills for it as well.