So you just graduated, now what?

a student in graduation gown and hat with a sign that reads. "now what".

From the capital of our nation to the island of Roatan, hats and gowns and new graduates are gracing the stages of colleges and universities throughout Honduras.

The hopes and dreams of young adults starting their professional lives and careers, and that of a nation yearning for a better future, seem within reach on the wings of academic completion.

However, graduating from college or university is not the completion of one’s education, but the beginning. Through  continued  learning and intellectual exploration, the dreams and hopes of these young graduates and that of their country is within reach, but it will take hard work, dedication and a lot of patience.

As a new graduate, do not think that the education you received in the classroom was only in preparation for a job; it was also preparing you to learn new things, face new challenges, be more open-minded to other realities other than your own, and to explore the possibilities of a limitless sky.Graduation hat, gown and certificate, with the word graduation written across the image

The education you receive in the classroom also intended to teach you tolerant and respect towards others who does not look, think or act like you do. Your classroom education also intended to teach you how to think on your feet and use your creative intellect to create and execute ideas and solve problems, among other things. Your academic education was preparing you for the trials of adulthood and the challenges of the real world.

The act of moving away from the security of your nest, facing a competitive work force and the challenges of a new world can be exciting, yet stressful, but don’t feel alone; there are steps you can take to make the transition from the school grounds to the work place a little easier.

First of all, you should feel proud of yourself for such an important accomplishment. Most young people drop out of school, sometimes for reason out of their control, but you stayed and finally reached one of your goals.Group of african American graduates in gown and hat

Create a Curriculum Vitae

One of the first thing you should do as a new graduate is to create a curriculum vitae. Make sure you list any experiences you have had working at school or otherwise. List your personal qualities such as your punctuality, honesty and reliability. List your skills and abilities with computers and the internet, which are very handy in today’s job market. You can find detail information on the web on how to create a curriculum.

Find a job

As a new graduate armed with your education as your tool, you need to find a job. Without a job things will move really slowly and you will become frustrated and lose ground on your way towards achieving your dreams. Don’t wait to find a job in your profession, take what come as long as it’s honest legit and puts money in your pocket. You will eventually, with persistence, find work in your profession.

Use proper communication

While interviewing for jobs, practice proper communication at all time. Do not use colloquial language or slang during interview or in any communication with a potential employer. Ask question when something is not clear such as salary, benefits and contract. Read everything and sign nothing unless you understand clearly what you have read. Practicing proper communication skills will avoid unnecessary conflicts and misunderstandings.

Graduation hat and diploma

And finally, my advice to you is to be open-minded and adventurous. If working for someone else is what you need to get started, go ahead and do that, but if you are free-spirited and creative and prefer calling your own shots, then finding a way to work for yourself by starting a business of your own or embarking on a project with a friend, might serve you best.

The sky’s the limit and the ideas and opportunities are out there, you just have to look around and not be afraid to be and think differently.

If working for yourself is one of your goals, then find out what you like or what you are good at, and start from that point. There are countless opportunities to start your own business and in most cases you don’t need a lot of money, but you do need patience, resilience, and a desire to do your own thing.

The internet is a large ocean of ideas and opportunities. Use this tool to get ideas on how to start your own business.

A new graduate in hat and gown with diploma in right had

So you just graduated, now, armed with your education, your youth and ideas, go ahead and change the world. You are only limited by your imagination. Just know that nothing worthwhile comes easy, and that anything that comes easy doesn’t worth much.

Believe in yourself, your dreams, the people who helped you reach this important milestone, and the lord who has brought you this far.

Now go ahead; the world awaits you and what you have to offer.

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