Post-Grad Worries

Lanie Gatson, Social Media Coordinator

Have you ever wondered what your life would be after college? When you walk across that stage, you are relieved and excited. Yes school’s done, yes you can make real money, but what if there is a change in your plans? What if you cannot get a job? What if you do not end up with the job in your career field?

For me thinking about life after college is a scary thing. Such as, not being able to find a job in my career field. What brings even more stress into play is a major that doesn’t have a high demand in jobs.

The other day, I spoke with my old high school teacher. I was asked, what my plans were going to be after college. She wanted me to think in depth about my career. Her next question after that was, what are you going to do if things do not come out as planned? 

So the next question is, what now? 

To answer that question, I never thought about a backup plan until today. It has never crossed my mind that I would not get a job in my field. I thought about what route I would take if there is a detour in my plans.

What if I do not see myself doing anything else for the rest of my life? I am not sure how many students think about life after college, but everyone should. That way you are not blindsided and are prepared. 

My friends and I all came to an agreement that yes we are all excited to walk across that stage and become adults. Of course, there will always be those questions you have to ask yourself. “What if this does not happen the way I want it to go?”

I am worried about getting a job after I finish school.

Will all of this schooling, (not to mention going back to school to higher your education), be worth my time and money? 

It is disturbing to even think that you can get a degree and still end up jobless. A couple of my friends graduated college more than a year or two ago, and are still jobless.

One of my friends graduated with a degree in exercise science and she is now working full time at a day care. Another one of my friends went back to school to get her master’s in biology and as of right now, a job has yet to call her back. 

If a degree is suppose to help us have a better opportunity with finding a job, then why are so many people unemployed? Why should we go to college if there is not a definite possibility that you will become successful?

Some of the world’s greatest billionaires did not attend college. If I am being completely honest even our president did not attend college, yet he is running the world with no degree.

All students should think about alternate plans. Sometimes jobs may not work out at first, but it’s important to have a backup.