You've Graduated. Now What?

Yesterday was the last day of studies.

You celebrated. You partied. You had fun. You said your goodbyes and good lucks.

Now what?

Today is the first day of your graduated life. Some of you may choose to do another year of study (also known as an honours year), if so, this post isn't for you. This post is for those of you staring at the horizon wondering what you're going to do next.

It’s a daunting thing to step out from your comfort zone – from all the things you’ve known, into a world that you’ve come to know from, mostly hearsay, assumption and very little real-world experience. 

It's daunting taking that first step into the industry. Any industry.

Before you do, I suggest you look back and reflect on what you’ve done to get to this juncture – consider all the milestones, trials and tribulations. Celebrate the fact that you're even here.

Put things into perspective, take stock and focus on what is important to you.

Losing sight of this is easy when you’re feeling that little bit rattled (or hungover) after graduation.

If I was going to do it all over again, this is where I would start:

  1. Acknowledge and truly understand what you've achieved so far.
  2. Be grateful for what and who you have in your life.
  3. Ask yourself where you'd like to be in five years time and set that goal. Write it down and put it somewhere where you'll see it every day.
  4. Understand the difference between being 'different' and being 'distinctive'.
  5. Understand the difference between a job and a career.
  6. Explore the world.
  7. Reach out and get to know people as soon as possible.
  8. Seek guidance and embrace mentorship.
  9. Tell anyone who asks you to work for free to go fuck themselves.
  10. Subscribe to this journal for weekly updates.

See you next week.