Planning for success after college part 1: What’s next?

“So what’s your plan after college?” people always ask. “I’m still trying to figure that out,” I always respond. That one sentence is a statement that resonates with hundreds of thousands of students across the nation. The pressures of this world are increasing day by day and realistic expectations of others begin to blur our own creative visions. When the world asks, “What is it that you want to do with your life,” know that there are people in your shoes all around the world.

It’s okay to not know. Your whole life you’re taught to plan and to have a drawn out route. As a kid you probably encountered the following:

“Are you going to be a doctor or a lawyer?”

“Oh you’re going to be a pilot?”

“Ah, I’m excited to hear you’re going to be veterinarian!”

(I can honestly say I’ve literally tested the possibility of each of those jobs)

It’s okay to be lost because we’re all in the same boat; we’re all in this boat floating in a vast ocean searching for the first sight of land, where opportunities may lie. But that’s okay. That’s where we find ourselves. Enjoy that freedom of mind. Enjoy the freedom of finding your burning light. Explore and wander the limits of this world because there is something that you will like to do, you just have to discover it.

Happiness doesn’t necessarily lie right off that stage where you receive your degree. You may already have a job lined up or you may have 30 applications submitted, regardless, your life is still up to you. At this point in time, where you don’t know exactly where you will be in 20 years, enjoy it. Spontaneity is something our generation needs. Not care free living or endless days of vacation, but spontaneity as creative freedom. Soak up this mental freedom and enjoy the spontaneous parts of life.

As for me, I have been floating on that theoretical boat for some time now, paddling to and from different islands testing out what I want to do. Throughout my entire childhood I wanted to play professional sports. I also dabbled in the area of aeronautics, dentistry, and the pursuit of my doctorate to become a professor. I’m still narrowing down what it is that I want to do, but I know that I lie between two fields: business and education. I have a genuine love for helping others while also creating and developing businesses. It’s something that makes me feel at home and excited!

How did I conclude to this you’re probably wondering? It’s easy. And you can find it in the next part of this series on planning for life after college. For now, enjoy the mental freedom and I will explain how you can figure it out in the next part of this series!

CoreyGearyNewHeadshotCorey is a Senior seeking a Bachelor’s of Business Management from The University of Georgia. He currently stands as a Regional Coordinator of the Pearson Campus Ambassador Program and is a regular contributor to the PS Blog. He enjoys traveling, learning, and more traveling.