Graduating university can be exciting and fulfilling but scary at the same time. As a university student, you had a set routine and purpose. What routine you might ask? Waking up early in the morning, going to that crazily early 8:00am lecture that you desperately want to miss, spending long hours studying in the library, and hopefully not partying too hard. Fast forward to your graduation day (and the infamous hat toss for the gram!), what happens after?
With no more lectures, tutorials and study sessions that you have soldiered through for the past 3 or so years, how does one find routine and purpose again?
Avoid the post-university slump
With a drastic change in your routine, it is so easy to fall into the post-university slump. Instead of falling into this trap, be proactive and make a new routine. Do the things you love, meet like-minded people, practice gratitude, start a new project, find a job that you love, go on a holiday. There are lots of opportunities that are available to you, especially now that your life doesn’t consist of countless 10, 000 word essays and chapters of textbook readings. Take the initiative and grab them while you can!
Don’t be afraid to try new things
Ever heard about the person who always stayed in their comfort zone? They never really experienced life at all. Okay I made that up but hear me out. If you didn’t take any opportunities to try new things, how are you supposed to challenge yourself? How can you find new passions?
This is the best time to start trying new things if you haven’t done so already! Whether you want to try solo-travelling, start up a business, launch a blog – go for it!
Here are some of the new things I am doing ever since I graduated last November:
- Launched a blog. Yes this blog you are reading right now! I’ve wanted to launch a blog for 5 years now. Yes I know, it took me FIVE years to go for it. Better late than never!
- Started to learn how to knit. Aside from the stereotypical knitting is for grandmas (so not true!), I find knitting as a great method to relax. I already know how to crochet so I want to learn another fiber craft.
- In the process of launching a YouTube channel. Another thing that I have always wanted to do but was scared to because a) I feel weird talking to a camera and b) I feel weird about people watching me talk to a camera. Well then, I guess it is time to face my fears!
- Booked a 3 week trip to Thailand and Malaysia. I wanted to go somewhere exotic and what better place than Thailand and Malaysia. I want to immerse myself in the culture and language, and hopefully bring back some memorable experiences. I’ll be sure to share them with you too!
Find your purpose
What do you love to do?
What do you want the world to remember you for?
If you had to choose one thing to do for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Being passionate about what you do is so important for our happiness and well-being. Imagine being in a career that you despise or having a hobby that you hate. Wait, would that even be called a hobby?
Post university is time to find your purpose if you haven’t found it already. If your passion is helping others, you could think of doing things such as volunteering or teaching English overseas. If your passion is photography, why not start a freelancing photography business?When you are doing something you are passionate about, you will find that amazing opportunities, big or small, begin to come your way. Click To Tweet
Network, network, network
Sometimes life after university can be lonely. People say that it is hard to make friends after university. I say otherwise! In our technology obsessed world, we can meet new people anywhere, anytime. I have met so many amazing people from all over the globe who I wouldn’t have the chance to meet if it weren’t for social media platforms which is what I love about social media. If social media ain’t your thing or if you want more ways to reach out, you could attend events, conferences, or even have a chat with your local barista who has seen you type away on your laptop for hours (blogger things, you know?). The opportunities to network are endless. All you need to do is find them and say hello!
See you over there!
Want to know more about life after graduation? Read about my ultimate guide to life after university which highlights some of many pathways you can undertake.