When you’ve finally done the hard work of creeping through all the coursework, late night juggernaut with books, barely three hour of sleep before exams, project work, internal exams, vivas, more than 30 university exams over the span of 3 or 4 years; it’s time to celebrate and that too in grand style.
A lot of reasons to be cheerful, right? But a lot of reasons to be worried about as well. So, the big question is what to do after graduation? According to Indian Higher Education statistics, there are nearly 35,500 affiliated colleges in India which enroll close to 20 million students every year.
As soon as college is over, and in some cases even way before it is over, students wonder what fate holds for them once they graduate. This is the all important moment that they have been waiting for and yet, this is also the moment when they are the most confused and clueless, if they aren’t fully prepared to step out. The world outside the walls of college is enormous, and what students see now, standing at the gates, is just the tip of the iceberg.
For students who already know what they want to do after graduation, stepping out is a relatively carefree affair. Be it higher studies, going to a foreign university, taking up the family business, or even something as ‘unusual’ as taking a break; they are clear about how they want to spend their time up ahead, and are relieved from the pressure to figure things out before time runs out. But for those who aren’t already clear about what they want to do, it is going to be a difficult time, and a ‘jobs for freshers’ Google search isn’t going to make it easy.
Firstly, every student stepping into the outside world after graduation needs to know that being confused is perfectly okay! Also it is not always that everyone has everything sorted in their respective lives. The first thing that you need to remember and repeat to yourself over and over again, is that the ticking time-bomb you think is in your bag, is imaginary. Parents and relatives tend to put a lot of pressure on graduates to get a job immediately after they graduate. The belief being that, the sooner you start working, the higher your chances of climbing up the ladder. While this concept was true once upon a time, it’s obsolete now.
The second, and perhaps the most important thing to do, is self-evaluation. Once you are even fairly clear about what you want to do in the near future, there are many online apps and services like HireMe, LinkedIn, etc. that help you land a job. Expertise in a certain area is well-rewarded in the professional market, but it is hardly found in freshers. To be an expert in something takes experience and talent. While talent could be inborn, experience only comes with time. So, the key is to be versatile. During hiring season, versatility will give you an edge over other candidates, and in this growing competition, even a little edge matters a lot.
With perhaps 50 years of working life ahead of you, this is a tedious task. Don’t be afraid to change track, or even enter the odd cul-de-sac, says Hill; you never know where the opportunities may lie, or where they might lead you. “Life has twists and turns you can never foresee.” Beyond that, it’s worth bearing in mind that life after graduation isn’t a sprint.
About the Author:
I am an usual escapist from the worldly problems, seeking solace in books and movies. An impulsive writer and compulsive procrastinator. And, not to forget, I love brevity. Also, I get happy and vocal abouteverything that’s trivial.