I recently got an email from the Center for Career Development at Curry College, where I ride herd over the Public Relations Concentration in our Communication Department, asking if I had any idea what a few of our recent graduates are up to now.
My immediate thought was, “Well, yes…and no.”
We (the grads and I) are connected on Facebook and other platforms, but I don’t go prying into personal/professional details unless there’s a specific reason to do so.
In this case, I know a couple are giving themselves a well-deserved extended vacation before diving headlong into “life.” Others are diligently networking and applying for jobs that will allow them to (a) make use of their hard-earned degree and (b) do something that really excites them.
So I’m not pushing. I’m not asking, again and again, “Well, how’s the job search going?”
Rather, I’ll let them tell me when they’re ready. They know I’m here and ready to listen and offer advice.
This is the dilemma we all face at some point in our lives. We reach a point where change is required…peaked in a certain job position…company changed and things are no longer the same…graduated from college. It happens. Again, it’s called “life.”
In my role as an advisor/mentor for these young men and women, I make it a point not to discourage them. “Yes, things are a little uncertain for you right now, but it’s perfectly normal. It happens to all of us. It will get better.”
In the course of my own career, I’ve resigned, I’ve been laid off, I’ve been fired. And, always, I emerged from the dust to find another opportunity that allowed me to use my knowledge and the skills even more effectively.
The “secret sauce” in this concoction is believe in yourself. No one knows you better than you. You know what you’re capable of accomplishing, and you know (or will soon discover) what gets you really excited when you’re doing it.
This attitude and self-confidence will carry you through the ups and downs of your “life after college” years and beyond. You’ll tackle seemingly impossible challenges. And you won’t be discouraged when some well-meaning relative or friend ends a conversation with the inevitable words…“So…what’s new?”