If you’re not like your batchmates who left your graduation ceremony determined to have a job the next day, don’t feel like you’re behind. It’s okay that you finished a four-year college degree, but are still not ready to face the world of endeavors.
We get that it’s overwhelming. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one feeling like that. So if you’re one of those who wants to spend their post-graduation life different from others, here are some of the best options out there for you:
1. Be a freelancer. This may still sound like "work," but believe us when we say that it’s far from the nine-to-five job that you’re dreading just yet. Freelancing is basically self-employment where you have the option to work with one or more companies as your schedule allows. As a freelancer, you’re completely in charge of your own time. So if you want your Thursday and Friday to be free, then it will be free! As long as you don’t accept jobs or deadlines on your "off" days, of course. Plus, you can work from home!
Fun fact: Most freelancers are writers and artists. Freelancing is not just a gig for them, it’s more like following your passion rather than wanting to get paid for loving what you’re doing.
2. Travel to the places you've always wanted to go. This will depend on your budget, of course! The thing to remember is that no traveler ever said that traveling made their life worse. Through traveling, there's a huge possibility that you might learn things about yourself more than what you know now. At the same time, you’ll gain new perspectives from the experience. Cliché as it may sound, but seeing different cultures and meeting new people really can change you. You don’t even have to go abroad for it to be called “traveling,” going on domestic adventures are still very much counted!
3. Start volunteering. While this doesn't involve any income, this is something worthwhile to do during your free time. You can volunteer for an organization near or in your city. You won't just develop from it positively, but you can also gain connections that you might be able to use once you start working.
4. Go back to school. When we say go back to school, we don't mean to just visit every day until people who know you start asking why you're back at school. Going back to school means going back to study, whether it's pursuing a higher education based on what you majored in or exploring a completely new field. If you really want to continue studying, just do it. Don't look at it as if you never really graduated because it's far different from that. You want to gain more knowledge, and there's nothing embarrassing with that.
We say, don't rush into things if you're still very much undecided. While you’re still young, do the things that you've always wanted to do. Looking for a job is hard, there's no denying that, but once you have it, doing other things like traveling or going back to school will be harder. So make your post-graduation free time memorable while you still can!
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