Graduating is about change and moving on, and in the same breath it can be frightening, as well as exciting. Being frightened and excited often have the same physical symptoms, heart racing, shortness of breath, sweaty palms etc. The only thing that is really different is your choice of attitude.
Do you decide that moving on is an exciting prospect or a frightening one? One thing you can be sure of in life is change and some of us find change easy and welcome the challenge, and some of us find it hard. But with change brings opportunities for growth and if we are here on this planet for anything, it is to grow. So here are my 5 tips if you’re graduating…
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Tip 1. It's Ok To Not Know: If you don’t know what to do after school, don’t worry about it. Sometimes it’s really important to have the well empty before you fill it up again. Imagine that you’ve been extremely busy with school and you’re time has been totally taken up with your studies, often there is that need to keep filling up you’re time, because that’s what you’re used to. But that is really not a great way to move to the next stage. It is important to have a rest, to let your mind empty, so that you leave space for new ideas to come in. Try to be comfortable with sitting with ‘nothingness’ it can actually be quite a relief to not have to know what’s next and to not worry about it.
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Tip 2. Get Life Experience: The first job that you chose to do when you leave school doesn’t have to be ‘right’; it is just what you are doing ‘right now’, not necessarily in ten years time. I know lots of people who change careers, whether it’s lawyers becoming writers, car mechanics becoming realtors or managers becoming photographers. Each profession you choose or each part of your life experience informs the next part. Even if you don’t do a total about turn with your career, aim to see each phase as building blocks. It is way too pressurized to think your first choice is your only one.
Tip 3. No Job Is Fun All Of The TIme: Whatever you chose to do, there are always large parts of it that aren’t that fun and you need to make sure that you are prepared to do those things. For example, when I started out in the acting profession I thought that it was just about being on stage or on a TV or film set, but I soon realized that it was, amongst other things, about making calls, creating contacts, getting an agent, being in shape, auditioning and spending huge amount of time learning sides, with no guarantees of a job. Now that’s show ‘business’ and it is the ‘business’ aspect that I had to take in to account and love as well, because I was going to be doing those other things most of the time. My point is that you will never love every bit of what you do in a job, but so long as you love most of what is entailed, you are on to a winner.