42 Empowering Graduation Quotes for Life After College

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1. Unknown Expectations

While in college you might expect that eradicating exams from your life would be one of your favorite benefits of post-college life.

However, many graduates are blindsided by the dynamic at work which felt like constant pop quizzes with little guidance or instructions. 

College doesn’t always teach you “How” to think, but instead “What” to think. So jumping into adulthood and being told to figure it out isn’t always so easy for new grads!

For example, college cannot teach you how to deal with these types of scenarios:

  • Being caught off guard in meetings with suppliers and internal business partners
  • One-on-one with supervisors with questions that sound like a foreign language to me.
  • Not knowing what to do with a steady paycheck
  • Trying to manage chores, work, commuting and working out!

The frustration doesn’t exactly subside, but as you grow you can overcome unknown expectations. It’s part of being an adult and managing your life after graduation!

Just remember, while college exams might SUCK, a big part of you might miss those clear-cut dates and instructions.

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Self-employment

Are you feeling confident enough to launch your own business?? With its Ambitious Entrepreneurship Action Plan, the Netherlands is a proud supporter of foreign entrepreneurs that wish to enter the Dutch business market. If you’re not from the EU/EEA, you can also explore the benefits of a startup visa

College Life provides you with resources to start your own venture:

Purchasing a Vehicle 

If you are staying in the Netherlands, you might need to re-evaluate your investment in the means of transport that you use. As a student, you might have been renting a bike temporarily or using e-scooters. Now, in your life after graduation, it’s time to consider purchasing a cheap bike. Having a bike is a necessity in the Netherlands, but that does not mean it should be expensive. Moreover, are you looking to make bigger purchases such as buying a car? Bynco (Buy Your Next Car Online) has made online car purchases easier than ever before. 

Your next insurance policy: health, auto, life, apartment

Now that you’re out on your own, it’s time to make some decisions about insurance. There are advantages to obtaining different types of insurance; just be sure you choose your insurance plans wisely.

Most employers offer health and life insurance for full-time employees — and experts recommend taking advantage of the group rates you can get through your employer. Under flex plans, the company deducts these costs from your paycheck before taxes, saving you more money and ensuring that your premium always gets paid.

And, of course, if you drive a car, you’ll need car insurance. But what about apartment or renter’s insurance? Apartment insurance policies protect the contents of your apartment in the event of damage or disaster. Monthly premiums are usually affordable, and these plans offer peace of mind.

Continuing Education

Now that we’ve covered jobs after college, let’s look at another aspect of life after graduation: continuing education. Depending on the occupations you choose, you will need to pursue continuing education or training if you want to earn raises and promotions. Should you pursue grad school right after graduation or gain a few years of work experience first? Are professional certifications a good alternative to another degree? We’ll discuss below.

Grad School

Choosing to enter graduate school and earn your master’s degree is a big decision many make to advance their lives academically, professionally, and personally. You might choose to enter grad school right after graduation because it’s an easier transition to continue an academic schedule and lifestyle. Alternatively, you could test the waters in the workforce, get a few years of experience, figure out where you want to pursue a career and then go back to grad school.

But juggling a work schedule and grad school is tough and forces many to choose one or the other. The decision should not be taken lightly. But if you are serious about attending, here are some resources to help you prepare for grad school:

Is Graduate School Right for You?

Why do you want to go to grad school? Does your dream job require it? Will it earn you a higher pay rate? Knowing your career goals will help you pick the right program for you and whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

Choosing a Program

Finding the right graduate program for you depends on many factors: location, program reputation, financing, and your personal goals. First, decide what kind of graduate degree you want, i.e.  a Ph.D. or Masters. Are you more interested in working in research or a professional career? Do you plan to pursue a doctorate? The answers to these questions will help you find the right program.

Online vs. In-Campus

Grad school students finally have the option to study either online, in-person on campus, or through a combination of classes. This has offered the flexibility needed for many professionals to pursue the further education they always wanted. Depending on the needs of your profession, you may be required to take some courses in-campus over remotely. But online education can offer so much more than flexibility, including independence and potential savings.

Professional Certifications

Professional certifications can offer a more flexible, and short-term, option to obtaining further education. But there are a lot of programs out there offering their own certifications on a number of different topics and disciplines. How do you know which certifications are worth your time?

Glassdoor reached out to recruiters and HR professionals to find out which professional certifications will actually impress employers. They found that while most certifications can help your resume stand out above the rest, not all are created equal. If you want to make a real impact by investing in professional certifications, look for certifications specific to your role like content marketing, human resources, sales, project management, or software.

Apply to at Least 5 Jobs Every Week (If Unemployed)

If you didn’t have a job lined up when you graduated from college, then it’s time to start hitting the job search boards.

Remember, you’ll want to send a tailored resume and cover letter to each job that you apply for. Since this takes extra time, I encourage you to aim at applying for at least one job each day of the work week.

I know some people think this isn’t enough, but I truly believe that it’s better to send a solid application to five jobs than a so-so one to 25 jobs.

Levo and Career Contessa have some awesome articles on career advice if you need some tips for getting a job or finding which one is the best fit for you.

8. Dont Freak Out About Moving Back Home

Finding yourself living back in your childhood bedroom again is definitely not the ideal situation for most new grads. (Trust me, I would know.) Yet, if you find yourself in this situation-don’t freak out about it. Remember that the situation is only temporary. Make the most of the situation by keeping busy, applying to jobs around the area and meeting up with your friends that still reside in the area.

Congratulations, Graduation is Just the Beginning Quotes

Graduation, with the ceremony, speeches, caps, gowns, and diplomas has such an air of finality to it. It’s the end of a major chapter in your life. For most of your life, your years have been defined by the school calendar. And here you are looking for inspiration at the end of the year. This collection of empowering graduation quotes are here to remind you that graduation isn’t really the end, just an end and the beginning of so much more. 

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” — Robert M. Hutchins

21. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Gandhi

22. “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a lif

22. “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” — Nora Ephron

When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.” — Adlai E. Stevenson

24. “The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.” — Edward Koch

25. “Everything’s always ending. But everything’s always beginning, too.” ― Patrick Ness

We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” — Carol Burnett

27. “Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education; because that would mean we had stopped growing.” — Julia H. Gulliver

28. “Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” — Senator Orrin Hatch

Write Down Short and Long-Term Goals

Be clear with where you’d like to be in six months, one year, and five years.

Do you want to have a job in six months or get a promotion in a year? Write that down.

You can also consider ways for you to achieve these short and long-term goals by writing down a plan. What do you need to do to get a job? Outline each step that includes searching for jobs and working on your interview skills.

If you’re focused on progressing in your career, you need to ask yourself how you can do this. Do you want to pursue a post-grad business analysis course to increase your skill set? Do you want to get vital experience, even if this is as an intern? How will you get these opportunities? Write down ways you can meet people and open doors for yourself.

So many people have their goals floating around in their heads but they fail to write them down. I don’t know about you, but I feel much more motivated to do something when I’m looking at it every day.

Don’t be afraid to hold yourself accountable. If the goals change, so be it! But don’t lose sight of what you’re working toward…

4. Life Is Fun – Enjoy It!

Life is fun, and it’s supposed to be fun! Have fun in everything you do, even if the acitivity isn’t designed to be fun!

Sure, you’re not going to love every second of every day, but my point is that whatever struggles life throws at you, foreseen (like finals week) or unforeseen (like your boss asking a question you weren’t prepared for), you can set up your life to take any blow and maintain a positive mindset.

Truthfully, my post-college years have been just as much fun – if not more – than my college years.

I’ve maintained many of my college friendships, I’m able to establish deeper relationships with people, and I do more meaningful, insightful, and fulfilling work that has provided me with purpose.  

Plus now I have a little extra cash in my pocket for vacations and upgrades from Natty Light to craft beers!

If you’re struggling with life after graduation, try to put things in perspective by prioritizing you, giving back, and finding a strong support group.

You deserve happiness!

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