Lost in the Post-Grad Maze? Find Your Way!

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Lost in the Post-Grad Maze? Find Your Way!

Ah, graduation. The confetti settles, the diploma’s in hand, and reality hits – now what? Or maybe that was over a year ago and you are still stuck. Choosing a career path when you’re fresh out of college can feel like navigating a confusing maze. Don’t worry, recent grad, you’re not alone! Fear not, for within this maze lies a fabulous learning opportunity and maybe even your ideal job. But how do you find what would be a good fit for right now? The answer lies in a two-pronged approach: Self-reflection and exploration.

Step 1: Delve Inward – Find Your Compass

Before venturing out, it’s crucial to know what direction you want to go. Start by asking yourself:

  • What sparks your fire? What activities make you lose track of time? What problems do you dream of solving?
  • What are you good at? Whether it’s writing, coding, or leading a team, identify your strengths and skills.
  • What kind of environment makes you thrive? Do you crave collaboration or prefer solo work? Fast-paced or steady?
  • What do you want to achieve? Is it stability, impact, constant learning, or something else?

Your answers form your internal compass, guiding you towards fulfilling career paths.

Step 2: Explore the Map – Open New Doors

Now, armed with your compass, it’s time to explore the landscape:

  • Connect with the pros: Talk to people in industries that pique your interest. Ask questions, gain insights, and learn from their experiences. People love to talk about themselves and their work!
  • Take career quizzes and assessments: These online tools can offer valuable suggestions based on your skills and interests. I recommend Gallup Strengths Finder.
  • Research different roles: Dive deep into various job descriptions, responsibilities, and career paths. What aligns with your goals?
  • Get hands-on: Engage in internships, volunteer work, or side projects to gain practical experience and test different waters.

Remember, exploration isn’t linear. You don’t need to have all the answers now! You are likely to switch paths, discover new passions, and change jobs—a lot—and that’s okay! Flexibility, an explorer’s mindset and an open mind are essential.


  • Experimentation is your friend: Don’t be afraid to try different things and see what resonates.
  • Sharpen your skills: Invest in courses, workshops, or volunteer opportunities to gain in-demand skills.
  • Build your network: Connect with professionals in your chosen field, attend industry events, and leverage online platforms.
  • Patience is key: Finding the perfect job takes time and effort. Celebrate small wins and keep moving forward.

This might seem like a daunting process, but trust me, recent graduate, by combining self-reflection with exploration, you’ll eventually find your way out of the maze and into a job you will learn from and maybe even a career you love. Remember that you are still in learning mode but now you get to do it while you earn a few bucks. It’s hard to take a wrong turn when you’re an explorer!

Now get into exploration-mode, go forth and enjoy the journey!