Final exams are over. Fours years worth of memories are packed away in your car as you and your friends spread out on the front lawn one last time. In a day or so, you’ll be on your way home – going your separate ways – as you start the first summer of your kinda-adult life.
Unless you managed to snag a job by graduation, you’ll probably spend several long hours pouring over applications, tweaking your resume, and perhaps dealing with the trials and tribulations that come with moving back home. So how do you spend your time, especially if your friends have quickly grown into their new post-college lives?
- Internship: While there is some debate over the viability of working for free, an internship can help build your resume – especially if you’ve never held down a job before. And, if you’re struggling with what you’d like to do professionally, an internship can help expose you to different industries.
- Go to Meetups: It’s not unusual for even the best of friendships to crack under the pressure of post-college life, so it’s helpful to create new friendships as well. Additionally, you may find that you have less in common with your college friends and going to Meetups can help you explore new interests.
- Start a Blog: Whether or not you’re working, having a blog helps you build a network of likeminded people and it can actually be an excellent way to show your expertise in an area – which is helpful if you’re job hunting in a specific niche.
- Relax! : You’ve just spent four years (or maybe more!) staying up late to study for exams, writing ten page papers, and just generally working. Even though there’s a certain push to start working, making money and being “productive”, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying this new chapter of your life. You’ll be spending the rest of your life working – so take the time to lay out in the sun, travel abroad or couch surf with friends. Don’t rush into anything, because it’ll certainly be there when you get back from wherever you’re coming from.