When getting close to graduating from college, the whirlwind of “what are you doing when you graduate?” type questions begin to surround you. With a little over 4 months left for myself, I have firmly decided that I am not pursuing grad school, either immediately or at all. But I don’t want to stop learning, so how is this possible?
I wrote a post about how to never stop learning a long while ago, and it talks generally about continuing to learn throughout your life. I want this post to be more specific, and especially for those of us that will be out of traditional education and higher education soon. This is to help build skill sets and knowledge more than just casual learning.
Master a New Skill
Maybe there was something you always wanted to learn, but couldn’t fit it into your schedule or it didn’t exactly match your degree. Now that you are free from requirements and doing what an advisor says to do, you can pursue a new skill. Plus, you will never know what may benefit your after college, it could be whatever new skill you take on. I definitely recommend Lynda for learning new skills in business, tech, and creative design, but always look local and see what you can learn in person and hands on if possible.
Study New Subjects that Relate to What You Do
If you were like me, you couldn’t take on a minor in college without risking hitting unit caps that would cancel your financial aid (Yes, that is a thing). So, even though there were a plethora of subjects I would have loved to gain some level of knowledge in, it just wasn’t feasible. And, with grad school, you continue to master what you already know, not necessarily learn anything new. So, taking advantage of being able to freely study something new that you can relate to what you already know. For example, you studied business with a focus on marketing. Now you can pursue psychology to relate to business and buyer behavior. Or you could learn more about communication and relate it to customer service. Or, learn about design and connect it to advertising and aesthetics.
Continue to Learn in your Field
I’m a firm believer you will never know everything in your field, and will always have to keep learning and growing your knowledge base. If you keep an eye on your industry and what is happening within it, you can learn and grow with it. Never stay static. You don’t need to pursue grad school to keep learning in your field.
What did you do after college? What do you plan on doing? Let me know in the comments.