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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Life After College Roadmap

For those of you out there that are visual persons, I thought you would find this image useful. Also, if you have someone in college or a recent graduate you care about you might want to share this with them.

As you can imagine the road to travel after graduation is not always clear cut. Although this sketch oversimplifies the many crucial decisions that hang on the balance at this point in life, I still think at the least is a good starting point to get you thinking.

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It’s a very common feeling to be all done with college and still don’t know what you want to be when you “grow up”. There is this linear view about creating a career that is not very effective with many souls out there.

Sure there are many that just “know” what they want to be/do but for many, they just go with the flow. I know I did, could not see anything further out than the next 6 months…

Which is why is important to either provide a helping hand to that college graduate in your life or if you are using this for yourself then take the time to do some hard/deep thinking and planning where you want to go…at least for now. You can always change paths.

I would suggest taking the ideas and paths illustrated here and put them on paper as they pertain to you. Look at the life you want to have… then think about what you need in order to achieve it. Calculate how long it's going to take to do it. Then figure out what you need to do this year to achieve it or what will put you on your way there.

Once you know this then think of the most immediate actions that you can take this week in order to start making that annual goal come true. Finally, think of what you need to do today or tomorrow to take those weekly actions.

If you repeat this process, week after week and month after month something powerful will happen...
you will start getting important things done...
New Year resolutions will become goals that you actually achieve...
Then you will want more...

I have learned this process from others more successful than me. I have put it into practice over the last couple of years, every year tailoring it more and more to me.

My life, my health, my relationships, my wallet, my direction in life have all improved because of it. So that is why I know it works and I encourage you to try it too.

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Image courtesy of Mint.com and Lifeaftercollege.org

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  1. Very neat graphic. I have a nephew in 3d year of school and just like you say he is still trying to figure out what he is going to be when he grows up ;-)

    I tell him that the best cure for that is to start researching both his interests and what other people do so he can learn about things he doesn't even know about. But it can be a tough road.


  2. I hear ya!

    I agree with you. If say, he is interested in law, have him go out and talk to a lawyer or two. Same thing for any other field. You can help him by finding people for him to talk to.


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