This might prove to be a little controversial seeing as I’ve never been to University. However, having worked with and mentored many peers also in their twenties and younger to answer and navigate the big question of… What Should I Do with My Life? in this article I’m going to share what to do when you’ve just graduated from University – in my opinion.
Now, before I dive into it, I would like to point out that I totally understand being in a situation aka going to University is totally different from having a third-person view on things.
And, I understand that being a student can be very difficult. The stress of studies, trying to fit in, probably living away from home and struggling for money.
However, I truly believe we are only ever one decision away from changing our lives for the better and being a student is no different.
Over the past 3 years, I have spoken to many of my peers – young people and adults in their twenties who have been to University and graduated.
I would say that around 95% of them have said to me that from their experience University has been a complete waste of time and money.
And that they only went to University because their parents, society, peers and teachers expected that of them – often subconsciously.
There is definitely a conversation that needs to be had if University is a good move altogether. And, if for the money that is costs – would you be better off getting more value from elsewhere… I think so, yes!
I also think that in life there is no point looking back at the ‘maybe’s’, ‘could have’s’, or ‘should have’s’, unless you are reviewing and reflecting to learn and to grow.
So with that in mind, and the theme of this article, let’s look at what to do now you have graduated, which in itself is an achievement and you should be happy with yourself.
I’m all about supporting people, especially my peers to truly discover who they are by looking within to discover their values, core-beliefs, passions, interests, and more.
One way you can do this is by asking yourself thought-provoking questions such as…
- What do I want to experience in this lifetime?
- How do I want to grow in this lifetime?
- How do I want to contribute in this lifetime?
These 3 questions are known as the ‘3 most important questions’ created by Vishen Lakhiani, CEO and Founder of MindValley.
These 3 thought-provoking powerful questions, once answered will help you to create more meaning and purpose and give you more direction in life.
It’s the lack of direction and clarity that most graduates face most challenging once they leave University.
What now? What’s next? I don’t know what to do with my life? Are some of the common questions and things most young people have, let alone if you have just graduated University.
I like to merge these questions with the idea of just trying new things that you think you might like or be interested in.
For example, you might want to contribute by educating people on how to get fit…
You might do this by launching a podcast, starting a blog, starting a YouTube channel, or whatever comes to mind.
The options and possibilities are out there for you to explore and to try.
You have more of a direction than you did before, and you’re keeping an open mind to might what happen – there is space for expression, freedom, growth and discovery.
Take me for example…
After dropping out of college at 18 years old, and taking 6 months out. I knew I wanted to run my own business and had many ideas to what business to run.
As time passed, going from “failure to failure” as some people might view it, I tried to build a t-shirt brand and a network/affiliate marketing business, I stumbled across personal development, and then podcasting, and my life changed forever!
It was through trying different business models, that I met amazing people, came across personal development, and podcasting and the entire world of entrepreneurship opened up to me.
I had a direction… I wanted to run my own business.
But, I was open to trying new things to learn and grow along the way.
This is what I recommend to those who ask me the question…
Luke, how do I find my passion and what to do with my life?
You merge, asking and answering thought-provoking questions with the idea of trying new things around your passions and interests and being open to the journey.
The latter helps you to start to take action while the thought-provoking questions, in particular, the 3 most important questions – as shared beforehand is in my eyes the long-term approach to building a meaningful life.
And, it’s the long-term approach to building a more meaningful life because when you ask these and other thought-provoking questions you get a greater sense of your values, core-beliefs, mission, vision and purpose.
So, what should you do after graduation? 🤔
- Try new things from your passions and interests (and be open to what comes from it)
- Start asking thought-provoking questions, to discover who you are – your values, core-beliefs, mission, vision and purpose.