You’re a graduate now, so what’s next?

You’ve suffered 3 years in a degree of your choosing, and it’s been a long journey. You might have nearly been kicked out of your course because you went out raving too much (you know who you are), but you made it to the end of the road! #boyz2men

So what happens now? You’re probably back home in your parents’ place by now. It’s scary thinking about the future ahead of you, but it’s also exciting that you’re about to embark on a  new journey. This is why I’ve put this simple guide together so you hopefully don’t suffer as much as most of us have.

What does your journey look like?

Imagine your life was a roadmap. Mark out where you want to end up and then work backward. Do you want to own a company? If so, what kind of skills do you need to learn? Now that you know what skills you need to learn, where can you learn them? How do you get into these places that will give you these skills? It’s not enough to just go out and “get a job” just for the sake of it. Get the right job, learn everything you need, and then move on to the next point on your roadmap.

Spend 10 years failing

Not everyone becomes a millionaire before their 30. Don’t believe the lies that people are telling you. There are plenty of people paying for ads on Youtube, posing in front of a sports car, telling you that you can use passive income to live a luxurious life like theirs. I’m not denying that passive income is real. In fact, I believe passive income is one of the best ways to make money. However, I don’t believe that it’s an easy alternative to a 9 to 5. It’s just as hard, if not harder.

In my opinion, your twenties are the best years to fail without major consequences. This is especially true when you live with family. You’re probably not paying rent, and if you are it’s not going to be so much. Use this time to try new ideas with the intention of failing. Failure is the best teacher as they say, so by the time you’re 30 you’ll have a wealth of practical experience that you can apply to your goals.

Build your network

One of my biggest mistakes in my professional career has been that I failed to build a professional network in the early stages. It would have been very useful for me to meet other designers who I can gain knowledge from. Many times success is determined by who you know, this is because you can be the goto person for a person’s need within a community. For example, if you went to a networking once or twice a month, you would have a personal database to make use of, and most importantly, people will know that you exist! As you grow as a professional, continue to build your reputation by interacting with others. This will also help you come out of your shell.

Volunteer

Here’s how the story goes for most graduates. You apply for a job, but you can’t get the job because you don’t have any experience, however, you can’t get any experience because you can’t get a job. This is what I call “The cursed circle”. This feels like an endless loop that you can’t get out of without any type of luck, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Volunteer! Contact small businesses and tell them what you can offer them for free in return for the experience. Hardly anybody will turn down free work. This isn’t easy, but keep it going for a few months so that you can bulk up your CV.

Congrats, you’re an adult now.the rock graduateHave a go at any of these points and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear from you.