Your Graduation Party is Over! Are You Ready for the Real World?

Soon you’ll be celebrating the achievement of completing your bachelor’s degree—congrats! But, before graduation day arrives, you may want to plan ahead so the day goes smoothly. There are two graduation areas to plan for: the celebration and the real world.

Are you ready for your graduation?

Are you ready for your graduation?

Have plans for how to celebrate your achievement, as well as what to do after the hype dies down.

Graduation Celebration

What should you do before your big day?

  • Choose your outfit early: For girls and guys alike, finding the right outfit is important. Do some research and find the look you’re trying to achieve. It’s beneficial to already have your outfit picked out.
  • Plan a graduation lunch or dinner: Make reservations long before your graduation. Space fills up quickly so securing your space ahead of time guarantees you’ll be at your top restaurant choice on your big day.
  • Invitations: Send out your invitations ahead of time so you know who is and isn’t available to come. Some universities only offer a limited amount of tickets, and you’ll want a final head count to give the restaurant.
  • Photography: This may seem inconsequential, but if you don’t have photos from your big day, did it really happen? Of course it did! It’s still great to have pictures to encapsulate your memories in. Also, designate a camera person!

Entering the Real-World

How to be successful after college:

  • Post-college plans: You should know what you want to do with your degree by now—so think about your future career. What do you want to do? How are you going to get there? Some careers require you to take a test to receive certification—and complete it prior to graduation. Other careers require a higher degree, which means more schooling. Apply to those programs early, and have all requirements completed before graduation so you can attend class the following semester. Regardless of what you choose, the principle is still the same. Follow your plan prior to graduating.
  • Finances: Most students don’t think about where they’ll be after graduation. Know your options and what you’ll be doing. Do you already have a job? Maybe you want to continue working for them. If you plan to move on, having job interviews prior to graduating helps you get the job you want without a lapse in finances.

It’s also important to be patient—you may not get the job of your dreams immediately. It may take time, but the best thing to do is get your foot in the door. For example, if you’re interested in working with animals, find an animal shelter to work in. You may get the most basic job, but with hard work and dedication you could be the manager of that shelter one day if that’s your end goal!

The key to a great graduation is planning. You don’t want to be nervous or worried on your big day—whether it be finding the right job, or finding the right restaurant. Celebrate your big day sans worry!

What other tips do you recommend for someone’s graduation day—and beyond? Share them in the comments!

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