Ok, I Have a Degree, So What’s Up?!

Is there a time limit on referring to the stage in your life after you graduate from undergrad as “post-grad”? I’m sure people are tired of hearing about the after college blues, but those people can just write us all a check to cover the cost of our loans! Cool? Cool.

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I graduated from college in May of 2017. I’m one year in the real world, but technically not, because I chose to do what some of my fellow millennials dread instead of jumping straight into the job market. I decided to try my luck with law school (a type of grad school). Essentially, I graduated from debt with a little “d” to “Debt” with a big “D”. Tragic, but so many of my friends have done so. Why? Wasn’t undergrad enough?


Caution! Moment of realness:

  1. FINDING A JOB AFTER COLLEGE IS NOT EASY.

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Seriously, between the fact that companies want you to have 3+ years of experience before hiring you, and the fact that some companies are flat out disrespectful with the amount of pay they’re offering…the pickings are slim.

This isn’t the case for everyone! There are jobs out there, it just may require you to relocate and start a whole new life, no biggie!

  1. I hate to say it, but grad school buys you time.

Most people that come out of college, attempt to find a job and don’t have any luck choose grad school as an option because, well…being a student is something that you know you’re good at. Yes, we are in debt, but the gain associated with being more marketable than the next man simply because you have a higher degree is worth the risk to some people. Going to grad school will allow you to not only make you a degree hotter (get it? lol), but will give you chance to dive deeper into your bachelor’s concentration, or decide you want to pursue something else, and ultimately you can still work a job without the frustration of feeling like that is the peak of your success. #killingalotofbirdswithonestone

This next one might strike a nerve in some…..

  1. I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO WITH MY DEGREE

*Sigh* This is the worst. I’m not afraid to admit that I have no clue what I would do with my degree. I don’t even know where to begin looking for a job in my field. Grad school/law school is giving me the ability to choose what I want to do with my degree instead of forcing myself into a position that potentially offers little to no room to grow without a Masters or some other type of graduate degree.

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My advice for anyone still in undergrad would be to research what jobs you can potentially work with your degree outside of the one job that you already have your mind set on. You want to always give yourself options.  Outside of researching, NETWORK. I know that term is overused, but the importance of rubbing elbows with the right people and keeping up with those connections is how people get jobs simply based off of word of mouth alone.


What I am realizing now more than ever is the importance of being able to think outside the box! A lot of jobs after college are hard to come by probably because they have a million “Shirley’s” not leaving until they die, and quite frankly everyone is trying to eat the same sandwich. Don’t shy away from the idea of CREATING YOUR OWN JOB! I’m not saying drop everything you are doing and start a business (although that would be great! Go for it), but look within your field/industry. What are they missing? What are some holes? Can you fill them? I know this may not be the most sought-after advice, but there comes a time when we have to create opportunities for ourselves, and you have to be willing to put the effort in the right direction for YOU!

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7 Comments

  1. Yes yes and yes! I can’t stress all of this enough but you worded it perfectly. I got so caught up in post-grad life that I started to not even care about my present anymore.

    Understanding that everything is working together for my good has been one of the most calming and reassuring things ever. Applying without fear and receiving rejection without defeat.

    Love this, Jay.

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  2. Loved how honest you were! I definitely have friends who went on to grad school because 1) they couldn’t find work or 2) wanted to defer their student loans …. so your honesty here isn’t just yours…. it’s definitely shared among other grad students!

    And yes! Thinking creatively about how my degree can be used is a great alternative… or just pulling the skills you’ve acquired from that degree and making it work for another field altogether is another option!

    Congrats on getting your degree! 🎉👏🏾

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    1. Thank you ☺️I just find it a little “scam-ish” that some of our degrees are essentially useless without the furthering of education/debt. It is what it is though, just have to make the best of it lol!

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