“Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” — Nora Ephron
Congratulations! You’ve earned your diploma or degree and you’re on your way! Everyone is asking, “What will you be doing now? Where are going? Do you have a job?” The questions are well-meaning but relentless. The pressure feels immense.
You smile, nod and try to answer. Perhaps you’re stepping forward with confidence and conviction, goals outlined and a plan of action in place. But what if you’re not? What if you’re wavering, uncertain, concerned you’ll never know what you ‘should’ be doing?
First of all, that’s okay.
Most of us have felt that way, even those who don’t dare admit it. And guess what? Many of us don’t end up where we’d thought we be. That’s okay too — and actually often better than we imagined.
Trust that everything will work out.
If I could go back and chat with my younger self as I set out after high school and university, I would share that reassurance, along with these words of advice:
So dear graduate aside set any fears and anxieties. Enjoy the celebrations. Graciously accept all the congratulations. Answer questions the best way you can, knowing you don’t have to give the ‘final answer’.
Take a deep breath, start down your path and simply put one foot in front of the other. Go after those new opportunities.
And remember, even when it feels like it isn’t working out, eventually it will. In time, you will get to where you are meant to be.