For teenagers in college, an outdated mindset of passing classes and getting a degree without any extra considerations in between can have drastic impacts on their job search after graduation. Furthermore, many teens may not have a conception of what they want out of a career or what career direction they want to pursue. By reconstructing how students view their education and how it relates to their future career, they can pursue a number of helpful strategies for finding the most-suitable life path.
Finding personal direction after college is the conundrum that a growing generation of Americans face and the problem that Ari King seeks to address in his book, “Now What?! Conversations about College, Graduation, and the Next Step.”
In a statement summarizing one of his publication’s various points, King said, “In high school, there is a certain formula that is ingrained in our heads: get good grades, take lots of AP classes, do community service, run for student council, play sports, do well on SAT/ACT… all to prepare for, and get into, college. However, once the diploma is in your hands, the final exams are taken, and the last goodbyes are said on campus, there is no blueprint for what comes next.”
King is only one of many college graduates who have collected experiential wisdom from their years as students and presented it to aspiring adolescents furthering their education. Overall, some of the most helpful advice and strategies for future job seekers include:
It is also important to open your mindset to new experiences and try things without a fear of failure. A student needs to experience a bit of trial and error in order to narrow down his or her possible life paths. Sometimes the stress of choosing a self-defining career can lead to a serious anxiety disorder or even substance abuse. If you or your teen needs professional care, contact Sovereign Health Rancho San Diego at or online to learn about accessible and customizable treatment options.
Written by Lee Yates, Sovereign Health Group writer