When you graduate from college, you undoubtedly feel like the end is in sight. After studying for so long and working so hard, it’s natural to feel excited at the prospect of moving on with your life. Maybe you’re headed straight into the workforce, or maybe you’ll be continuing your education at another institution. No matter what comes next, grad school or a new job, there are several things that every graduate should consider after their final exams are finished. If you’re reading this article as a soon-to-be graduate from an undergraduate program or have recently completed a graduate program, it means that you probably have a lot on your mind when it comes to your future career path and continued education. If so, read on for some useful post-graduation insights and advice about what to do after graduating from college from a Christian perspective.
Remember your faith ‘Always Put God first.
Always remember the values you have learned in the Bible and in the church. The passage in the Bible plays an important role in what you are right now. If you are not a Church goer, then this is also for you. You should now find a time to go to church or to connect with people that bring you closer to God. God’s word will support the plan you have right now whether you take a break and pause for a moment or not. The closer you are to God, the more mature you become in decision-making. Look for a church that is less than perfect. A church that loves the Bible that builds up the people there and also that reaches out to the people outside. Serve yourself and be a good example outside the community.
In Luke 10:27. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” The last year of your studies was once a very busy time of your life; you sometimes neglect some of the church activities due to some paperwork in school and it is normal. Now, that you are already graduated, then it is time to give back to the Lord by serving him with all your heart. Being a student is busier than working in a company. You are now graduating because you sought Him; you asked for His wisdom, His courage, and His provision. Whatever your current situation right now, we should seek Him first, and nothing should come before Him. Your personal relationship with Jesus is what matters most. Matthew 6:33 said that “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”
Have Time to Celebrate
Take time to celebrate. Don’t make it fast. God also celebrates because of your achievement. In the Bible, Zephaniah writes, ‘He celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love.’ He is indeed happy about it. Spoil yourself in the meantime. You deserve it but always remember your limit. If you are mentally tired after school then work out your mind by resting. Just don’t think of any plan, for now, just take your time to get a rest and celebrate.
Make a plan
Decide whether to pursue an advanced degree or whether you want to change careers or maybe you want to take a break in the meantime and make a move after you are ready; it’s up to you. Gather all the supplies that are needed in the future. Don’t disappoint yourself in looking for a perfect job. For now, just focus on the plan you are going to make and include God in your plan. God sees the future, why not ask Him for a better direction ahead of your situation. You went to school for almost half of your life and it prepares you for what you are going to make in the future so don’t just waste it for nothing because you didn’t plan accordingly. Planning should be your first move. Here is the tip: You should always be ahead of every situation that will happen in your life as it is you alone that will make each of the decisions in the near future. Find a less-than-perfect job that builds your experience and thus can pay your bills and daily needs. You should apply in real-life application what you have learned in your study. Always include God at the centre of your plan. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you, this is the Lord’s declaration, plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Stay Connected to the Church
This is the most common situation in the church. Most of our graduates forget to stay connected to the church after they find a job to work on. Although there are some companies that still operate on Sunday but always remember to stay connected to the church. You can pray to God and ask Him for a job that will not conflict with your Sunday schedule. Being connected to the church will give you more strength and encouragement. You are now in a real-life application; your teacher and adviser in school will no longer be looking after you this time, they will teach you more about academics and values before, but not this time. So being connected to the church will help you enhance your character. Stay connected, have fellowship with your brothers and sisters, and encourage each other.
Here is my final tip
Change your perspective. You should be a goal-setter person right now. Always appreciate failures in life as it is one requirement for your success. Build a new network that brings you closer to success. Trust your instinct and believe in it but also not lean on your own understanding. Always involved Jesus in your plan. Jesus is always here with us, and thus He sees the full picture ahead. Always pray and meditate on the Bible. Whatever things that lead you into, always remember that God is always behind your success.