Life after college is a whole new experience.
Something happens between the moment before and after you graduate from college. One of my assistants, a senior in college, described what happened with their friends.
The first year out of college is a mess! Nothing works the right way, and you spend most of your time waiting on job applications. You don’t know your expenses, how much stuff costs, or what you even need to have.
Work-life does not occur on a semester basis. There’s always more on your desk at the beginning of the week. And people aren’t all your age; sometimes they’re old. People don’t care about what you were trying to get right in school.
Then, the second year, they’re ok.
Making the transition is challenging.
The transition plan is not included in the senior year of college.
Yes, colleges will give you information about what to expect after graduation. There might be budgets, how to get a credit card, and info for meeting with networking groups − but no transition PLAN.
How often do you feel you’re behind the eight ball on projects or tasks that should be much simpler than this? Are you finding your bank account is closer to empty than full, or your credit card balance keeps rising – while you keep wishing that you’d learned more than how to turn on a microwave?
Maybe you’re making more money than you ever imagined but have forgotten the names of your friends and family because you have no time to see them or have a life. Going home to complain isn’t a great option. You’re an adult now. Right?
Hold on for a minute!
You wouldn’t try to put together something you bought online without reading the directions (ok, watching the YouTube video), would you?
Transitioning from being in college (hmm − kindergarten to 12th + college = coming up on 20 years of being a student) is much more complicated than anything you could order from Amazon.
You’re an intelligent person beginning the next chapter of your extraordinary life.
Set yourself apart from those having a terrible year by receiving some coaching.
Coaching makes the transition easier.
Coaching for New College Graduates begins with where you are. Our work is action-oriented. We’ll work together to find those steps you can take, building on your progress.
You’ll acknowledge emotions while moving forward; not get bogged down in drama.
Stop trying to do everything simultaneously or doing nothing at all. You’ll learn how to pace yourself. It’s not your fault, and it will be your success.
You have produced wonderfully creative academic work or passed the classes you needed. That took a lot of energy, focus, and sometimes hacks.
Do you know how to talk with someone older than you? Can you decipher how you get paid? Do you know the basics of housekeeping, even if you’re sharing an apartment with five other people or living by yourself?
Make navigating life after college more accessible.
I may look like someone’s mother (and I am), but I’m not going to ask you, “Did you get a job yet, or why you aren’t calling me?
My role as your coach is to help you walk into the next chapter of your life with a fuller toolbox, less clueless, and more together.
And being equipped will help you turn the terrible year into your stepping-stone to what’s next.
Let’s make it happen as you meet the challenge of life after college.