Don’t know what to do after college – Struggles and Thoughts

don't know what to do after college

Hello guys! What’s up? A few days ago i learned that i‘m graduating from college. So, while i was dressing up to go for a celebration dinner (outfit photos below) i started overthinking (as i always do): “Great Kate, but now what?”, “How is your life going to be from now on?”, “Should you find a job?” , “Should you continue your studies?”, “Should you allow yourself to have a gap year?”, etc…So, i wanted to share with you something that might be a part of your after college concerns too. “What the “F” should i do in my life?”. Yes, you heard well. I hope you are not in this position, but if you are and don’t know what to do after college, stay with me.

I’m the kind of person that is really concerned over money and having a comfortable life. I don’t mean that having a lot of money is my ultimate life goal, but i basically see it as a mean to a life full of traveling and exploring new places. That is my life goal for now at least. You might have the same goals as me. And that is completely fine. You might not want to settle for a conventional life where you work many hours, go home, eat, sleep and then repeat. You want to work in order to live a little more. After all, we are given the chance of living once. So, now that a chapter of my life is ending, i‘m super stressed about how i should proceed in order to give my dream a chance. Additionally, the fact that i‘m living in a country with a lot of financial problems and a huge unemployment rate makes my dream even harder to pursue and my stress about it bigger. So i‘m laying down all my choices (Keep reading, some of them could be yours too):

Don’t know what to do after college – My options and thoughts:

  • Should I continue my studies?

One choice is to apply for a master’s degree. That means more years of studying for exams, more money spent by my parents, more time with a part-time job that pays so little. But after that maybe i will have a slightly better chance of finding a steady 9-5 job. However, since almost everyone in my country after their graduation is continuing for a master’s degree it will probably give me only a little advantage among the others and i will still be in a similar position as now after i finish. Plus, one of my concerns is that i‘m not sure if i like the field i just studied on anymore, so investing in something i’m not certain i love doesn’t seem smart or a great idea.

  • Should i leave my country?

One alternative is to leave my country and pursue my dream in another wealthier one, since I’m a huge fan of traveling, exploring new places and meeting new people. However, leaving my birth place, my family and friends for many years because my country is “pushing” me away and not because i choose it with all my heart, feels a little harsh to my logic. I could probably find a decent paying job, but i feel it is something that for now i will do only if i‘m out of options.

  • Should i say yes to living for working?

Lately, i came up with an option of a well-paid (for my country’s reality) job, but it requires that i dedicate my whole life and my entire time and energy to it. Many people would kill for having a similar one, but i only see it as a burden. That’s because it comes with a lot of stress, no time for my self at all, no Sundays off, no holidays, etc. On the other hand, it is something i could do at this point of my life since i don’t carry any luggage with me (meaning a husband and kids), but at some point, i know that i should stop if i want to pursue my dream. So, should i agree to pause my life and my dream just for collecting and saving money? Is there any point to living for working and not the opposite? I honestly can’t answer that and i still fight with that dilemma.

  • Should i spend a year to think?

One last option that day by day i become a bigger fan of, is to take this year off keeping my part-time job and give myself time to figure out what it wants. That means less money to live by and probably financial support from my parents, but i think now is a good opportunity to seek my passion finding what i really want and work hard on my way to pursuing it.

From the above options, the latter seems more appealing to me for now, but i seriously don’t know what i will have to decide. Real life sometimes makes the choices for us. And probably many of you have or had similar after college struggles and thoughts, but one thing i know is that even if you choose “wrong” it is never too late to follow a new path and chase your dream. Even if your first choice didn’t seem to suit you as you thought it would or even if you didn’t have a choice at all. Remember that now is the best time to take risks and follow your crazy dreams. Because even if you fail what’s the worst thing that can happen? You try it for a year, then you wake up and you are a 23. Remember not to take life so seriously. The adult world is not that bad after all…..!

….. You thought that was today’s post? Nope, how could it be complete without something fun? Remember the dinner i was about to attend to celebrate my graduation? I don’t know what to do after college, but that doesn’t mean i don’t know how to dress to impress (lol :P). So, i chose to wear a dress i bought three years ago from Zara (still stylish in my opinion though!) with some black high heel sandals from Pedro Garcia and my favorite crossover Emporio Armani bag. I‘m a real fun of this outfit and the accessories of it because they are classic and have proved me right in several occasions so far.

Don't know what to do after college

black and white dress style

black and white dress outfit

black and white dress

black and white dressCopy the look (promise i won’t tell anyone 😛 )

Dress: Zara (similar here or here)

Bag: Emporio Armani (similar here)

Shoes: Pedro Garcia (similar here or here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question of the day: What is/was your number one struggle after graduating college?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Kisses and Love

kate

 

 

 

 

My name is Kate and i like to photograph and write about things that inspire me and help my creativity unroll.

8 Replies to “Don’t know what to do after college – Struggles and Thoughts”

  1. It’s a big decision. You’re potentially deciding the course of your life here. Can’t say for sure what’s the best decision, but you definitely have to weigh your options very carefully.

    1. I agree! Definitely, i will have to choose wisely…

  2. My dear Girl!
    When it was my turn to decide what to do with my life after school, I did not see as many options as you did. You see, now I’m 48, and by the time I was 18 I had to decide what to study, to take a gap year was not an option, in my house the slogan was “he who does not study, work” and with a bachelors degree in my country At least you could only choose to be the girl who helped with the grocery bags in exchange for a tip. So, although all I wanted was to rest after 14 years of school, I entered to study engineering in information technology, I felt lost in this kind of study without stopping to be able to go from semester to semester and I found myself in fifth Year of college not knowing what to expect from my career: I did not like programming, I liked talking to people. It was then that I had a teacher who taught me the world of consulting, and I felt the relief of knowing that that was what I wanted to do along with traveling.
    I spent approximately 6 years of my working life traveling through different Latin American countries, living 3 months here, 6 months there. Living in a working country and not a tourist was a great experience. Maybe you should seek a profession that allows you to travel as part of your obligations.
    In any case, you are very young, reflect calmly, apparently your parents do not pressure you with the subject, which is a tremendous relief, you have time, follow your heart.

    1. My dear Christina! I’m so glad that even though you started studying something that didn’t suit you, it gave you the opportunity to find your true passion! My goal is to find a job like yours. One that will allow me a lot of traveling, so i think my decision is going to start from there! So happy you managed to do what you like!

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  3. If I can give one advice to my younger self, I would say: get an astrological chart reading. You can never do this early enough and it truly helps you figure out your life, where you’re at, and where you going a bit better.
    x finja ~ http://www.effcaa.com

    1. Well, i have to admit that this is not an option that crossed my mind, but i could give it a shot!

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