What did you do after graduation?

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    Feb 11, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    I'll graduate with my Bachelor's this Summer and have another year before I can enroll in graduate programs in Fall 2009. I've interned in Orlando and New York City, and enjoyed both cities, so I definitely don't feel like spending my year-long break stuck in podunk America . .

    All these thoughts of just picking myself up and searching for a new life somewhere are a bit scary, so I'm just wondering what any of you did after graduating college?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 11, 2008 3:32 AM GMT
    I immediately went to law school, so I didn't have a break... sounds like fun though...
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    Just finished-up school and I am "desperately" looking for a real job right now... but not having much luck.

    Like some of my friends, I currently have a job in retail to pay the bills and go out and have some fun.
    I wish I could take some time off right now but I did that after graduating high school a few years back and it threw my plans off by a year-and-a-half. It was hard getting back to school, but I managed. I am just hoping to be able to come back to school in a couple of years to get my master's degree... but its to be seen.

    Being in the real world is a little intimidating.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    i'm graduating this spring as well. and i've decided that this is gonna be my summer where i hang around for once.

    other summers i've done things people tend to do after graduation.

    i've done my europe travels.

    one of the best thigns i did, was move to another city. 5-10 days after the semester was over, i just decided to pick up and go somewhere else and see what would happen. would i find a place, find a decent job, meet people. the first week i was shitting myself, cuz i spent all my money on a flight out west, and was living life as a couch refugee at some guy my sister was once friends with. but they didnt talk much anymore. it worked out really well.

    so maybe consider that. it's a great experience, just choose somewhere u don't fully know. where it's like making an entire new life. and hope for/make the best time you can.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:27 AM GMT
    Skotlake saidI'll graduate with my Bachelor's this Summer and have another year before I can enroll in graduate programs in Fall 2009. I've interned in Orlando and New York City, and enjoyed both cities, so I definitely don't feel like spending my year-long break stuck in podunk America/

    All these thoughts of just picking myself up and searching for a new life somewhere are a bit scary, so I'm just wondering what any of you did after graduating college?


    Why not take a Grand Tour? Travel will give you insight and experience you can not replace, and which will be invaluable to you in your grad program as well as later in your career. Further it is one of the few times in your life when you will not have the attachments and entanglements to prohibit your going.

    If money is a question, work your way around... live on the cheap from your backpack, millions of people do.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:29 AM GMT
    @jms84

    I've done similar things to that. In Fall 2006, I worked at Disney World, which was an exhausting but great experience. Last summer, I interned in New York City, which was such an incredible time that it just about guaranteed that i would return there for grad school. Both times I had much more money saved than I do now (as I spent it all living there! -- but alas, it was no doubt worth every penny).

    Europe or another place completely unfamiliar would be interesting, and as a writer, would provide plenty of inspiration for future endeavors . .

    What about other people? What other endeavors did you take upon (whether or not you returned for a second degree) and how do you feel it ultimately turned out? Any advice for a young man looking on the edge of the pier like myself?
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    I traveled after graduation...in the Navy...still doing that gig. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    Went to Taiwan for a year to teach English and study Chinese...oh yeah, and to come out.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:37 AM GMT
    I picked up and moved to New York City shortly after graduating from college. I flew out for a job interview and moved out a month later. Was one of the best choices I've made. I've always wanted to live here, and I figured now was as good a time as any. Your young, you'll find a job pretty quickly in the city. You should move somewhere you've always wanted to. Now's the time.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    I think you have two options: travel, or get some work experience. Traveling could be an absolute blast, but if you are unsure of which grad school you'll be going to and what your chances are of getting in, you can vastly improve your prospects by taking this year, if not several, and interning in a far off place--that way, you could combine travel with job experience.

    I decided to do just that, in fact. I got an internship with HRC right after finishing up my first degree, and moved from Idaho to Indiana for a few months. Great resume builder, and a hell of a lot of fun moving to a new city. I'm doing the same thing by going into the Peace Corps after finishing up a second Bachelor's. Consider the Peace Corps as an option, if you're willing to take more than a year off. That way, you'd also be able to get the hell out of the country and you'd be doing some good.

    Don't be afraid to take a couple years off instead of just one. Grad schools really seem to prefer people with some outside experiences between undergrad and grad school.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:43 AM GMT
    I started looking for a full time job while taking on a part time job. That was summer and during the first Bush's presidency. The economy sucked so I had a hard time finding a full time job, so I started a consulting business. The following Fall I went back to take some courses I wanted to take for my professional development.

    I was so tired of school at that point I just consulted for 3 years and finally got a good job in Atlanta. Looking back I wished I went on to graduate school. But hey there is more to life that work or school.
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    Feb 11, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    oh, advice on your second entry .. do what you love, have fun with what you do. Keep your eyes open. Have goals but be flexible. Life is nothing but a series of opportunities. Enrich your heart as well as your head.
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:01 AM GMT
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    I haven't graduated college but when I graduated high school I went to the beach and then jumped out of a plane.
    When I graduate college I am going to study Thai massage abroad and then come back and get my bachelors in science.
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the responses, and I hope to hear many more! But for now . .

    @rhythm1438
    I interned in NYC and absolutely loved it last summer. I was lucky to have a couch to sleep on for three weeks before I found a sublet, and though it was less than ideal, and I hope never to return to that apartment, I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. ;) The biggest fear is finding a place to stay and work, so it's good that you're of the belief it won't take long for someone like me to find a job.

    @Chewey_Delt
    That's an interesting point about grad schools preferring students who take off more than a year. It's true that practical experience would make a student much more valuable, and especially in my educational path of creative writing, the practical experience of traveling would make me all the more interesting for the world of fiction. After interning twice already in my undergraduate career, however, I am getting a little tired of bouncing around the place--but there are so many places to see across the world, so maybe it's still worthwhile to keep exploring.


    ActiveAndFitEnrich your heart as well as your head.


    I think that summarizes well what I hope to achieve by leaving where I live now. Kalamazoo sounds like a fun name, I know icon_smile.gif, but as for intellectual stimulation and intelligent men, it's a swampland as far as the heart can see. Certainly my goals after grad school are meant to enrich the head, but if I can find a way to enrich the heart as well, I will chase it!

    How well did consulting go for you? I've owned a web design business in the past but decided my passion was in writing rather than coding. Sure, the money was fantastic, especially as compared to this starving-artist's lifestyle, but as you said, it is important to do what you love.

    @Kevin82
    I tried to jump out of a plane but the wind was too fast. We were at the Kennedy Space Center, and it was my 20th birthday, so it was pretty sad to drive home from the safety of terra firma!
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    Feb 11, 2008 7:04 AM GMT
    my original plan for this summer was to bike across the country coast to coast in hopes of raising money for a charity.. but since i hurt myself it's not happening. so hopefully next summer.
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    Feb 11, 2008 8:05 AM GMT
    Skotlake saidHow well did consulting go for you? I've owned a web design business in the past but decided my passion was in writing rather than coding. Sure, the money was fantastic, especially as compared to this starving-artist's lifestyle, but as you said, it is important to do what you love.

    Well I didn't mention the point about the first Bush for no reason .. the economy was so bad it was hard to break into the IT biz at the time. So I decided I would make my own experience that everyone was so insistent on me having.

    I did this while working a part time job selling software at a local mall. So I made contacts like local business owners that knew nothing about software and custom programs.

    I just broke even on my costs (computers and software), for what I charged for customizing database packages. But my strategy worked. When things started to turn around economy-wise, I was able to cite 3 years of programming experience that landed me my first big corporate job. Oh I besides the struggle, I loved what I was doing. What I spent initially on my consulting paid for itself many times over in the confidence I gained, the experience, and in launching my current career that still pays well.

    I don't know much about writing, but if you are clever, I am sure you can find a way to get paid for it even if it is just enough to get by on. I have seen articles written for the local gay mags for instance, that were not particularly brilliant. If those people can write for these mags I bet you could do much better icon_wink.gif Thats just one example though. I guess the point is that if you are in-between phases of your education, you don't really have to strike it rich .. do what you love for the experience and personal enrichment. The meat of your career still lies ahead. Maybe you can do something part time while you work on your book.
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    Feb 11, 2008 8:20 AM GMT
    BTW, you really have a cute smile and charm in the photo with the camera and blue shirt. Cultivate that look, charm and positive attitude as you look for opportunities -- It will open doors for you.
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    Feb 11, 2008 8:35 AM GMT
    i want to feel free after my graguation,and amdoind it..........but am enjoying with in country,i cant visit out of country still...........anyway there is alot time go go furthur and to enjoy much more......
  • eckilegs

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    Feb 11, 2008 8:59 AM GMT
    I'm trying to figure out the same thing Skotlake. I graduate in May and have no clue what to do with myself. I've always wanted to travel to another country and immerse myself in another culture, pick up another language, get outside my comfort zone, and maybe teach english as a 2nd language. If you can't figure out what to do, wanna come with?
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    Feb 11, 2008 10:14 AM GMT
    just finished school last year too.

    building my portfolio now for a career in game art, hopefully...icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    OK, so it's been 22 years and counting since I left IU, but I rode my bicycle from LA to NY to raise money and awareness for longterm solutions to world hunger (say that 50 bazillion times as you're riding cross country LOL) I can honestly say I learned more about life and perseverance during that 2 month period of time, than I did in all 5 years at college (I did learn how to socialize in college, but that's another story LOL)... and to top it all off, it was a GREAT way to see the country! A friend of mine did mission work in Kenya for an entire year right out of high school, and before entering college, and I honestly wish I would have done the same thing. It took me till 8 years ago to make my way to South Africa for a photo safari, and again, that was one of those life changing experiences that you never forget. As others have mentioned, find something you love, or that you've always dreamed of doing, and make a go of it!
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    Straight into grad school, then the military...
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    Feb 11, 2008 5:55 PM GMT
    Took a job at a newspaper in Arizona. 4 months. Hated it.
    Back to Detroit: freelance ad copywriter. Hated it.
    AT&T management program: 3 months. Hated it.
    Moved to New York. Loved it. Spent 15 great years there.
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    Feb 11, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    I got my certificate in business management. Moved to SF to pursue tech PR.

    Now I am planning on getting my masters in intergrated marketing.
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    Feb 11, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    @ActiveAndFit
    Thanks for the kind words. I'm a fiction writer, which is a completely different world than journalism and gay publications. Reason better . . exactly what you said. Some of the people who write those articles are fools, and I rather enjoy the intellectual stimulation that arises in the world of fiction . .

    @eckilegs
    I'm in!

    @Gr8Pics
    That bike trip across the country sounds really interesting. I can imagine it taught more in 2 months than years at college, and sure would be a fun way to do it.

    @jprichva
    There seems to be a trend in this thread towards people picking up and moving to NYC, though, I'll admit, I was already much inclined to that anyone (I've essentially only been looking at grad schools in the city). What did you do when you got to NYC?