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Navigate the Transition Into Adulthood

Everyone’s getting back into the routine. Going back to school, bearing the heavier traffic, adjusting to new schedules. What about those of us whose routine is drastically changing this fall, our recent college graduates. Perhaps this time is way off in the rear view mirror or perhaps you are living it today. WHatever the case, those first few months after graduation for many can leave them looking around thinking “now what?” While it is normal to experience a mix of excitement, anticipation, and perhaps a touch of anxiety upon entering the “real world” for the first time, it is a transition that is difficult for many.

For starters, this is the first time that many college graduates have the autonomy to decide what their day to day looks like. There are no professors, parents or even social circles to set the expectation of what to do next. Many are overwhelmed with the task of applying for jobs and starting careers that will hopefully fulfill their dreams.

Here are some tips to help support your transition (or the one of someone you love).

Embrace the Transition

It is what it is. When we can accept the place and time that we are in, it feels easier to see our next steps. Focus on the benefit for you as a person of being in this stage. This is a stage where you get to experience what you are made of. It’s a time of growth, learning, and exploration. While it's okay to feel a bit uncertain, remember that you have the potential to walk in any direction you choose.

Set Clear Goals

Setting clear and achievable goals can provide you with a sense of direction and purpose. Define short-term and long-term objectives for your job search and career path as well as for your physical, mental and emotional well-being. These goals will help you stay focused, motivated, and organized as you navigate your new life. Break down larger goals into smaller, actionable steps to make the process more manageable.Set milestones for checking in with your progress and adjust the plan if needed.

Network and Seek Support

Networking is a valuable tool in your job search toolkit. Connect with alumni, professors, industry professionals, and peers to expand your professional circle. Attend industry events, workshops, and job fairs to meet potential employers and learn about job opportunities. Seek support from friends, family, and mentors who can provide guidance, encouragement, and insights as you navigate this transition. Be specific when asking for help from loved ones.

Celebrate Small Wins

Amid the job search journey, it's crucial to celebrate even the smallest victories. Whether it's securing an interview, receiving positive feedback, or learning a new skill, acknowledging your progress boosts your self-esteem and motivation.

Work with a Coach!

If you’d like an avenue to help you ease anxiety, build confidence, and overcome social barriers like networking or interview jitters, consider exploring working with someone who specializes in helping others through life transitions. Working through mindset limitations as well as having someone help you stay accountable to your goals can make a huge difference in your results.


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