Graduation-What Happens Now?!

Every year May comes around with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Students wait impatiently as summer nears while pools and water parks begin to open their doors. School lets out for summer vacation and kids can be found running through the neighborhood, outside playing in the sun.

For some though, with this anticipation brings big change. Graduating seniors from high school and University alike are faced with important choices that will affect their futures.

Should they continue their education? Is it time to get a job? Have they adequately prepared for their careers? It’s hard to know the right decision with certainty, but there are a few ways to set yourself along the right path.

Ian Renner of Florida graduated with his Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1990. Although a strong advocate for higher education, Renner also understands that college life may not be for everyone. Renner offers a few tips, for both college goers and young adults straight from high school making their debut in the workforce, to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

1.  Educate yourself. If you choose to further your formal education or not, you never stop learning. And, likewise, you can’t rely on others to do the work for you. University is a great time to discover your talent and passion, but ultimately you make the decision on what courses to take and what major to declare. The same goes for those entering the workforce straight from high school. It may be even more important for these people to really delve into the gritty facts about a chosen career path. Get started in the right direction early! The years of experience you gain may give you a leg up on your university studied peers in some ways once they have graduated.

2.   Take advantage of opportunities! Intern, speak with teachers and professors, start at the bottom and work your way up (while attending college or not!) Any experience gained is well worth the time and effort. Think about fattening up your resume early. It will follow you the rest of your life, and you should always look for a way to differentiate yourself.

3.    Don’t be too hard on yourself. You may start in the mail room at a law firm, take a few classes or speak with attorneys and realize the last semester of courses, or months of work, have shown you this isn’t the path you wish to take. While it’s valuable to start early and get experience under your belt, discovering how you will spend the rest of your life is important business! Way to go for marking something off the list! Move on and don’t stress.

Congratulations to all graduating seniors! Life is full of unexpected turns that may take you in directions you had never planned. Enjoy the ride and work hard! Your hard work will be well worth it.

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