When do You Plan to do the Things You Need to do to Plan for Life After College?

May 20, 2016

Ah…the lazy days of summer are ahead, or do you have better things to do with your time?

What do you need to do to plan for life after college?  Well, the Competitive Edge Program generally lists all of the steps necessary to be prepared for the eventual reality of graduation.  So, if you need some ideas pull out your activity list and decide what you would like to tackle.  If you need help, call your Relations Manager and sign up for a meeting so they can work with you one on one.

In terms of when should all of this be done, there is actually no time like the present time and with summer ahead of you it is actually a great time.

Summer break can help you get ahead in many ways for planning for life after college….take advantage of the time away from the pressures of school and set a few goals for what you want to accomplish by the end of August.  Have you thought about how you can use your summer to help you move ahead in your career exploration?  For some of you, that might mean researching majors.  For others of you closer to graduation, it might mean getting your resume or graduate school applications in order and going to your Career Center to do a mock interview.  Even if you are not living on campus during the summer you can access your Career Center resources on-line and make a virtual appointment.  In fact, your Career Center will have more time to spend with you during summer and you may have better luck getting appointments that work with your busy schedule.

Summer is also a great time to network with people you know – set a goal of meeting with at least 5 individuals.  Maybe your parents have a friend or relative who works in your career field – find out if you can job shadow, meet them for coffee, or set up a time to talk with them over Facetime or Skype.  You will be surprised at how many people are willing to talk with you about their career paths.

Summer is the perfect time to take stock of the experiences you have had so far whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior and intentionally plan for the year ahead of you.  What gaps do you have in your experience?  What skills do you need to acquire?  Where do you think you can gain those skills?  Who do you need to talk to?  Summer offers opportunities to go for walks, sit outside, and engage in other activities with the people who know you best – your parents, siblings, and friends.  Talk to them about your future.  Bounce your ideas off of them.  Ask them questions and brainstorm what it is you want to accomplish.  In today’s fast paced, electronic world take time in the summer to talk face to face with the people who know you best.

So, the next time someone asks you about your summer plans.  Tell them you are going to spend the summer figuring out your next career steps and keep the conversation going.  You might be surprised at how they can help and quite frankly you might feel a sense of relief and accomplishment.


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About Gregg Saunders

Gregg Saunders is passionate about helping others grow and reach their future success.  He has been President of Student Experience since 1993.  He has brought a unique combination of student development and business together, effectively challenging and supporting students to accomplish more than they thought they could.

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