I read an article on HerCampus recently about this topic and felt like I could write about it. It’s something I’m going through right now as a junior in college. Everybody is constantly asking me what I want to do after graduation. There are also a lot of people my age getting married in college – which I don’t really get. It just seems so early, but that’s okay if that’s what you choose to do. If I were to get married, I’d want to graduate from school first. I need to get my finances and life in order before bringing someone else into the mix. I’m guessing the same thing might be happening to you. I still don’t know and probably won’t know until after I graduate. The one thing for sure that I know is that marketing is the right fit for me.
We’re faced with more pressure than our parents’ generation. I feel like I need 10 years of job experience just to get an entry level position. More people my age struggle to find someone who will call them back for an interview. It’s tough out there. There’s also the buzz word: “Internships”. They’re great, it’s just time consuming to balance working at a job, going to school and doing an internship. Then, we forget to take care of ourselves. It’s hard to know if what we’re doing is the right solution.
Maintaining a social life and hobbies are important too. Where do we find the time for it when we’re supposed to be studying all the time? I’m just thinking ahead to next semester, but not about my 10 year plan. I don’t know what I’ll be up to when I’m 31. Maybe I’ll be the Don Draper at an ad agency or be married with kids. I feel better equipped since I’m taking a class called Marketing Yourself. The real world seems a little less scary. I think I can do it. I’m glad that I still have one more year of school. College is great – I love being in an academic environment.
It’s okay to not know what you want to do after graduation. Do something you like. Get a job that’s in the city you love. There’s no dead-end as long as you keep pursuing your dreams. Let’s have fun along the way and not make it a chore to figure out your brand, network and get a job. You can be anything you want to be. If I want to do marketing for an anime, I can figure out a way to make that happen. That goes for you too – If you want to be a screenwriter, museum curator or anything in between. I want to enjoy college while I can and spend time with my friends.
It’s okay to take a breather. Step back a minute and figure out what you’re worried about. Talk to another college student about it. I guarantee that the majority of people feel the same way you do. I find journaling is always helpful. Sometimes tackling problems head on is the way to go. I remember learning that lesson at karate. Know that you’re not alone. Just look forward to a great tomorrow. You can do it. I believe in you.