Friendly Interrogator: So kid, where do you see yourself in five years?
College Kid: Well, I guess in a mirror. You see, over the next five years I plan to evolve my character and my attributes beyond what I’m capable of understanding at this time.
So that makes it kind of impossible to tell you where I’m going to be in five years. If you need a quick answer I can tell you whatever I’ll be doing in five years, I’ll be excited about it.
Now let’s find the key to learning how to plan for after college:
I’m sure when the very first college student stepped onto a campus nearly everyone in their life began nagging them with questions about their future. Now, all these later those same questions still continue. They come in many different forms of course.
However at their core, all those questions really ask are; “What do you plan to do with your life?”
Yes, from the very start of the concept of higher education almost every student beginning their college journey has been practically forced to plan out their entire lives from day one.
Yet, having to do so is usually counter productive to future success because it causes undo stress time and time again as the questions persist. That’s why it’s very important for students to know the key to how to plan for after college.
Those probing questions about a college student’s future that some people never seems to get tired of asking usually sound like: “So tell me, what do you want to do with your life after graduation?”
This is frequently followed by, “If you are not exactly sure about what you want, then why are you wasting your time and money in college?”
The questions seem innocent. However, the forced conversations that follow and the anxiety that comes from them are not at all conducive for being successful in school, or learning how to plan for after college.
The problem is college students are forever being asked to explain what their future holds while they’re still trying to figure out what, where, and how to get it started.
It seems that in order to justify the time and money a student is spending in college they have to concoct a detailed plan of the next 40 years of their life.
This is madness and it does way more harm than good. That’s why students need to know how to best handle these questions before any negative effects surface.
Whenever a student is hit with future questions from a friendly interrogator they need to physically step back and take a deep breath.
Then, instead of answering the questions with a hypothetical future blueprint of years and dates of events such as beginning a career, getting promoted, and starting a family; the student should simply state what they’re most excited about right now and what they did about it recently.
Because being excited about something and taking action on it now is way more important than what could happen someday based on a hypothetical future blueprint.
Plus, when a hypothetical future blueprint isn’t used the student won’t take hits to their self-esteem when they don’t meet forced deadlines or when things suddenly change as they frequently do.
That’s why the most effective technique in combating friendly interrogators and learning how to plan for after college is for each student to simply focus on what makes them excited now. That’s the key.
Then, if a student comes face to face with a friendly interrogator who wants to know dates and details of what will happen after college they can simply say: “I want my life to be an exciting adventure; so for now I’m going to follow what excites me and see where it goes.”
That’s ultimately how to plan for after college while further tapping into our inborn power. This will bring us closer to living as the most complete version of ourselves immediately.
* Action Step *
1) What aspect of your education are you most excited right now?
2) List three steps you will take in the next three days in order to progress further
in whatever aspect of your education you’re most excited about. Do not worry how small your three steps may seem. Making steady progress now doing something exciting is the most important factor in how to plan for after college.
How To Plan For After College Now
– Written by Motivational Joe