Pulling yourself up is harder than you think. Especially, after graduation. After all the celebrations come the expectations. The expectations invites the pressure. This pressure is then mixed in with the realization that college “real world” and the actual real world are two different things. The expectations are different. It’s no longer about the work you put in. It’s about results. Yes, it gets overwhelming. Yes, it feels hopeless. But you just have to roll up your sleeves and just do it. Get out there. Look for jobs and see what happens.
Yes, you have to take the time and connect with yourselves. Really discover what you want and get in that space where your feelings don’t dictate your actions.
Getting back up is a process and we all have(had) to perform the necessary steps. You don’t suddenly wake up, ready to step up. Here are a few tips to help you get in that positive moment.
1) One day at a time
Yes it’s all tough and hard but no one ever climbs mountains with a single giant step. It’s about taking the small steps to go far. Don’t sabotage yourself by creating impossible to-do lists. You don’t need that pressure. You have so much but you don’t have to to do all of them at the same time. Take it one step at time.
2) Every win is a win
Did you format your CV today? That’s a win! Did you create that awesome cover letter? That’s a win! Did you get out of bed to look at job applications? That’s a win! Every task you accomplish should be recognized an achievement not because these are huge steps. But, simply because it helps you build positive momentum. The key here is not to dwell in it and forget that you’re competing.
3) Find an outlet
Don’t just sit while trying to find a job. Especially after you’ve submitted job applications. Try to find something to do that you are passionate about. Whether it’s sketching or programming just for fun, finding something to do will help you divert the stress in another direction. It’s all about avoiding damage to your self-esteem.