Navigating ‘the next chapter’

What’s next for the graduates ?

By Odi Uzoigwe

Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while. But I’m back with a new post, this is going to be particularly relevant for recent graduates. Who like me , are trying to find their feet now that university is over.

I am officially a Sociology and Politics graduate, glory be to God. It can be argued that everything, we’ve worked for academically leads to this point. So why does this moment feel almost, lacklustre. The university bubble has now popped. The job market in recent years, has been increasingly difficult to get into. Aside from when there was a global pandemic, so you can imagine what it is like now. According to ‘ Research Professional News’, about 30% of graduates would have normally found their jobs, in sectors that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19. The truth is, it is going to be harder to find a job than it would have normally been. In this blog post, I will be discussing how we, can navigate into this next chapter in our lives.

1. SETTINGS GOALS

In this day and age of, being young and accomplished. It is very easy to feel like you have to have, everything figured out by 25. The added pressure of what we see on social media, is no help. The reality is, as long as you set goals to help you achieve what you want. You are on the right track ! These can be big long term ones, or shorter ones that will help for the moment. When making goals, it is important to be precise, the more precise, the more likely you’ll be able to measure your progress towards it. I personally enjoy making lists of goals, writing them done makes them feel more tangible to me.

2. REMAIN CONSISTENT

Leading of setting goals, another thing that is important is remaining consistent. In regards to finding out what you want to do next, researching jobs, applying for jobs, finding online courses in your field that can boost your cv, finding mentorship schemes and networking with experts in your fields. Remaining consistent will allow you us too, stay focused on what we want in our next chapters.

3. UNDERSTANDING THAT YOUR TIME WILL COME

As long as you have active goals, and objectives to help you achieve what you want in life. Your time will come! As cliche as it sounds, it is true. Hard work in any field pays off. Everything in life isn’t going to happen immediately, even though it may seem like it is for others. Everyone is on their own unique paths, Comparison is the thief of Joy. Speaking from a Christian point of view, this is particularly evident. Jeremiah 29:11 ‘ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ God has a plan for all of us, and we all have a purpose in life. Even when it feels, like we are not ‘achieving’ anything. Trust in God, in all that you do.

4. KEEP YOURSELF OCCUPIED

Now is a good time to start something you always wanted to, for me it was this blog and content writing. For you it could an online course, that is relative to your field. As I briefly, mentioned before. These can be found by several organisations online, with a little research you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Our minds are powerful, it is important to try and not allow ourselves to wallow in doubt. Celebrate your wins small or big, for my fellow recent graduates of 2020. CONGRATULATIONS ! Finishing university is such an achievement, both academically and mentally. Whether you’re going on to further studies, or job hunting. Good luck with it all, I hope this blog post, gave some encouragement. Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves, but be active in your goals for what you want next.

Make sure you’re following @theowordblog on Instagram, I post regular content on there. Also, my personal twitter is @msodzz.

See you soon x

Published by odi101

I blog about, fashion, social issues and lifestyle. Based in London.

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