What to do after graduation
So you've completed a major, exciting accomplishment - worthy of serious celebration. But if you aren't enrolled in college or at a university and aren't sure what the next step is, we have just a couple of ideas to get you going.
Our first thought, and probably the most important, is to be purposeful about your future. Choosing and dreaming about your future is the first step to attaining it. This step will look different for graduates, depending on your learning style, brainstorming style, and eventual goals.
You may need to sit down and doodle your dreams on paper. Make a plan through a picture. Expand on your ideas. Expand on those ideas. Write down details about how to accomplish your post-graduation dreams and goals. What is step one? How are you going to accomplish it?
Some need to seek community to come around and support you in your dreaming phase. Processing out loud can be surprisingly beneficial - even for those who might not normally consider themselves talkative.
Research. If you have an idea of what life holds next for you, be purposeful about spending time in research. How did other accomplish a similar goal? How can you expand upon their path and make it your own?
Be forgiving of yourself and allow yourself to change course if you find that your dreams are morphing. Be flexible with yourself and help hone in one what it is you were made to do for and in the world. How are you uniquely created to make a positive difference in your life, in your community, in your nation, in the world? What tugs on your heart? Every dream can turn into a profession - and the saying is true: if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. Work won't feel like work. It will just be living - LIFE-giving.
Say YES. You CAN take the first step in following your dreams... as difficult as that first step may be. Moving out on your own, finding a solid job in your field... these things are BIG deals. You are capable of anything you desire if you invest your effort and have support. Say yes to yourself. No one, not even yourself, should have the power to hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Card Chef was started nearly 10 years ago because of a tiny dream that simply got pursued with purpose. Ellie Pickett was told off-handedly by a friend once that her cousin was starting to design birth announcements, and that she should try it too (this friend had a lot of faith in her!). Ellie said YES. Photoshop research (like crazy), finding inspiration and expanding on it, making it her own, photography study, surveys of graduating high school seniors... all of these things were only possible because there was drive and purpose. And now Photo Card Chef has become one of the leading Graduation Photo Announcement design companies in the world.