Congratulations on making it to the finishing line!
Now that wasn’t so hard was it?
Ok, maybe it was…
But your bags may be packed, you’re hanging out with your flatmates for the last time, and (much to your chagrin) your parents are ready to have you back home. Unless you plan on pursuing further schooling, wave goodbye to your college life and say hello to the real world!
This year, tens of thousands of students will be graduating, and we will all be in the same boat. As convocation draws near, our stomachs are fluttering with butterflies, our hands are clamming up with excitement, our minds are rewinding all the college memories, while our intuitions are yelling “bring on the next adventure!“
If you’re like me, you’re frantically seeking advice from anywhere, vying to make sense of your life while trying to keep busy. If you need some help, take a look at these resources to help you combat your pre-graduation blues (if you have any at all)!
1. #IfIWere22: LinkedIn
Because you might as well start using your dusty LinkedIn account, I definitely recommend checking out any articles affiliated with this hashtag. Usually in May (to pay homage to graduation season), various professionals from diverse careers will provide real-world, sometimes heartfelt advice to their younger selves, in hopes of inspiring the graduating class (i.e. you don’t have to be 22 to be inspired by these pieces) in their own lives.
- There’s Not Enough Time in Your Life for Everything Important by Arianna Huffington
- Chart Your Own Path to Success by Arianna Huffington
- Advice to Millennials: Do Anything. Start Now! by Hiroshi Mikitani
- Done With School? Never Stop Studying by Hiroshi Mikitani
- If I Were 22: From a 23 Year Old by Elisabeth Chestnutt
- If I Were 22: Be Quiet and Pay Attention by Tony Brynes
- Your Career Can Be the Ultimate Road Trip by Robert Patton
- Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner’s Reassuring Career Advice by Gillian Zoe Segal (An absolute awesome read!)
2. TED Talks
As per their slogan “ideas worth spreading“, TED is a non-profit, international organization that delivers thousands of talks worldwide, making them freely available on the Internet to the public, with the hopes of expanding minds and piquing curiosities. Although TED doesn’t have talks pertaining exclusively to graduation, they do feature speakers that present motivational-related spiels that are awe-inspiring to any recent graduate.
One of the most well-renowned American business magazines, the Forbes website also features some great content related to technology, business, and careers. If you’re itching to start your career/business, or just looking for a great news site, I recommend checking out Forbes. For recent graduates looking for some career advice, you should visit their leadership section.
- Smart Career Advice for the Class of 2015 by Trudy Steinfeld
- Graduating Without A Job? Recruiter Tips and Employer Resources for May Graduates by Caroline Ceniza-Levine
So is the end really nigh?
Graduating from university/college should be a rite of passage towards full-fledged adulthood (if graduates have not achieved that yet). Upon graduating, you’ll be more than just an adult ‘by title’; you’re going to be taking on ‘big’ responsibilities and challenging yourself on epic proportions.
I WANT TO SHAKE OFF THE DUST OF THIS ONE-HORSE TOWN. I WANT TO EXPLORE THE WORLD. I WANT TO WATCH TV IN A DIFFERENT TIME ZONE. I WANT TO VISIT STRANGE, EXOTIC MALLS…I WANT TO LIVE, MARGE! WON’T YOU LET ME LIVE? –HOMER SIMPSON
You made a ton of memories here, I’m sure. But be proud of yourself for coming this far.
The moment you take off that grad gown, enthusiastically step into another adventure, because your life’s party is just starting!
Renee has received her B.Sc. in Honours Life Sciences at McMaster University. She loves educating others about different topics in science, and has developed a passion for scientific outreach. When she’s not writing articles for Hemtecks, she’s either volunteering or checking her social media accounts every 20 minutes. Along with Tiffany (Tianhemtecks), she also facilitates the blog’s Facebook page.