As you ride the coattails of your graduation ceremony, you’re likely filled with a mix of happiness and fear. If you’re like most grads, you’re probably gearing up for a move to a new city for a chance to find a job in your field. As you pack the last of your belongings and get ready to move, keep the following tips in mind.
Understand that this is a transition
Many new graduates view the first day after graduation as the start of the rest of their lives. While this sentiment can be true in a sense, thinking with this level of permanency will cause you to be more anxious than you should be. Wherever you choose to move and whatever job you choose to take is temporary. You have the rest of your life ahead of you to build your “dream career”.
Keep this in mind before and after you move. Whether you love your new city or absolutely hate it, you still have time to build the life you want.
Put yourself out there
It can be tempting to compare yourself to every other student that is graduating with you. However, choosing to compare yourself to other friends and classmates as you think about your uncertain future isn’t fair to you. As a recent graduate, understand that it’s okay to start building from the ground up. The job you take now isn’t necessarily going to be the one that you stick with for the rest of your life.
During this period of your life, focus on gaining experience, exploring all life has to offer and learning more about yourself. This will help you to stay grounded and find your purpose, wherever in the world you may be.
Don’t worry about the logistics
It’s natural to feel apprehensive about making a change this big after being in education for so long. As you gear up for this big journey, don’t psych yourself out worrying about the logistics. For example, while some new grads choose to search for new home listings in their area, others opt to stay in an Airbnb for a more temporary travel arrangement. Make the decision that is best for you; everything else will fall into place.
Make the most of each day
Though this is a transitional period, don’t forget to live it up. Make the most of your experience as a recent grad because you won’t ever get this time back. Eventually, you’ll fall into your dream career, get the perfect home, and see that every decision you made led to you building the life of your dreams.
Moving after graduation is a nerve-wracking yet exhilarating experience. Seize this time in your life and make the most of this new change by keeping these tips in mind.
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