You ever ask a friend what they plan on doing for work after their college graduation and they get mad at you for asking such a question? It happens to me all the time! I run into a friend that is about to complete a Degree in History, Literature, or any other subject and I ask whats next?- only to receive no response or an offended look.
Granted it is none of any one’s business to judge what you do with your time, money (most likely your parents money) or with your education earned but you should wonder why you don’t have a solid response. The problem is that it seems like 90% of the time people get offended because they have no idea what they will do after college. The other 10% of people that get offended do so because they have a plan but don’t feel like disclosing private information with anyone.
Now it’s time to ask yourself, if you get offended when people ask you about life after college is it because you do not have a plan or because you would like to keep your plans confidential?
Fortunately I consider myself to be in the 10% that does have a plan for work and life after college but chooses to keep it a secret. How did this happen? I feel there are four important questions every college student should consider before graduating:
1. Will my major earn me money? There are some college majors that simply have no work and if they do you won’t be earning much money in the field.
2. Am I only in school only for the parties? As stupid as this may sound there are many young people in college just because they didn’t want to miss out on the parties. Newsflash: the parties will end eventually and everyone will grow up, will you?
3. Are my parents forcing me to attend college? If your parents are forcing you to be in school and you’re stuck in a major that you have no interest in but are merely working to impress your parents- there’s a big problem. I will go more into this issue in a future post as I have a lot to say.
4. Where do I want to work after college? Whether there’s a specific company, city, or country you want to work you should have some idea of where you will be headed after college.
If you can realistically answer these questions then maybe next time someone asks you about life after college you won’t get offended.
Don’t worry one day on this site I will tell you all about my plan for life after college.
Until then maybe some of the readers are willing to share their plan for after college? Do you want to travel the world? Would you prefer to start working right away?