Most people think when they enter college that they starting their road to a successful career. Some want to be doctors, others lawyers, and still others financial guys. These examples are all great careers, but do most college grads actually end up attaining the careers that they initially want?
I hate to say it, but the answer is no!
There are a ton of reasons of why this might happen. Each person has their own individual reason, and I do not want to focus on those reasons at this time. What I do want to focus on are the other options out there to your traditional “9 to 5” after you obtain that undergrad degree.
Here are my top 3 recommendations for what you should do after the bachelor degree is in hand, and you just aren’t quite ready for that “typical career job”.
1. Go To Grad School
Now I know that you might be questioning this one. Why would you want to go through more school when all you want to do is start making money, right? Well, the cool thing about grad school is that for a little delayed gratification, you will usually end up making more money in the end. Depending on the field, you will make on average 5-10k more than someone with just a regular bachelor’s degree.
On the other hand, our world is progressing at an alarming rate with education in general. Therefore, with some fields, the “norm” is obtaining your masters, PhD, or other advanced degree. So whether you like it or not, extra school might just be a must.
2. Travel The World
If you have the money, time, and freedom, I would HIGHLY suggest doing this one. Even if you don’t have the money, time, and freedom, I would say that you make it happen regardless. Often times, people will go travel Europe, visit Africa, or take a cruise in the Bahamas as a graduation present. I say take that one step further and try to live there for an extended period of time. Being exposed to other cultures around the world will just make you appreciate what you have back home and open your eyes to a different point of view.
Author Tim Ferriss of “The 4 Hour Workweek” hits this whole concept right one the head. If you haven’t read it, it is a step-by-step guide on how to do what I talk about above. You can check it out for yourself by clicking here!
3. Start Your Own Business
For some, this is a dream come true. For others, they have no place dabbling in this area. When people hear that you should “start your own business”, they often think it is the key to the kingdom. No boss. Make lots of money. Go on that vacation when you want. But in reality, this is not the case….at least initially.
If you are serious about wanting to start your own business, you need to do your homework, and then do it again. You need to check and re-check everything. Research is key. What type of business do you want to run? Where will you hold it? Will it be web based or a brick-in-morter place? Are you going to have employees? Etc, etc, etc. There are a million questions that you need to ask yourself if you plan to persue this route, and you need to have the answers to all of them before you start. 6 out10 small businesses fail, many because they don’t get all of these questions answered. And you better believe that putting in 12-16hr days will be the norm when you first start.
So what’s the point here? Starting your own business is darn hard work, but it can pay off in the end if you put in the efffort. If you want to see what I recommend, I have it all spelled out in my free 5 Day Email Guide. Just put in your first name and email address in the fields below.
Ok all, that’s it for now. I would love to see what you think about these options, and hear about any other suggestions that you might have. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Until next time….
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