Congratulations on graduating! Deciding where to go from here is maybe one of the biggest decisions of your life. It is also one of the most exciting times of your life. Enjoy it.
What must you do next?
Get to know Yourself
You are entering a stage in your life where it will increasingly become more and more important that you know yourself very well. Making decisions on your career path, your future spouse and how to treat future colleagues are lying ahead of you.
Meditate on your political and religious opinions.
Identify and live your values.
Decide what is most important to you and treasure it.
Face your fears.
Know your strong characteristics and develop them.
Identify your weak characteristics and either accept them or change them. Rather change them. That’s how you grow.
Get Your Own Apartment
It is acceptable to live in your parent’s house for quite some time after graduating but independence makes you strong. It forces you to learn new skills like washing your own clothes. Having your own space creates more opportunity for you to know yourself and set your own lifestyle.
Start by looking at no fee apartments. The smallest apartment you can afford is fine. It is only a starting point.
Get Organised and Live Like an Adult
You have your own apartment, now keep it clean. You are taking responsibility for your lifestyle by getting organized. Leave gaming and lying in front of the TV doing nothing for the undergrads.
Part of attracting the right crowd of friends and ultimately the right partner is by simply taking responsibility for yourself, your living space and your actions.
Even if you are dead broke, travel as often as you can. Visit as many places in the world as possible and learn about different cultures, languages, and lifestyles. It broadens your perspective.
There are many opportunities for young people to earn some money while traveling. You can work on a boat, au pair, do internships or be a bartender. Just do anything you can to see the world.
Discover Your Passion
Just take a moment to understand that once you start working you spend most of your day at work with only a few hours per day at home. If you are not doing something you truly love, your life will be miserable.
Discover your passions and choose a career path that includes your biggest passions in life. Income is a consideration when thinking about a career path, but a passion for what you do is a necessity.
Know what it is that really makes you tick.
Start Earning Money
Traveling and discovering yourself is crucial. You need to do that. Somewhere along the line, you need to start earning money.
Start thinking of ways to earn money as soon as you can. The sooner you start earning the better. Even if it is not a career path yet, but just something to get some cash flow while you are setting yourself on the correct career path, earning your own income is much more satisfying than getting the money from mom and dad.
Earning your own money is also an attractive quality when you are starting to date a potential life partner.
The moment you start earning money, start investing at least a small percentage of it.
It is great to have money for wining and dining and all that extras, but your older self, years from now will thank you for starting to invest as early as you possibly can. You wouldn’t want to work hard your whole life and then end up retiring broke.