The fateful day of freedom has arrived – you’ve graduated college.
Peddling your bachelor’s degree, you carefully survey the selection of traditional post-grad opportunities and you find yourself saying, “WTF?”
Don’t worry – you’re not the only new grad that’s perceived the 9-to-5 as a slow death wish. It’s not for everybody.
So what’s fresh young talent to do when traditional positions just don’t cut it?
Here are three non-traditional post-grad options for the adventurous new grad:
Technology dominates our lives.
Almost every job involves staring at a screen of some type – whether you’re planting a field of corn from a John Deere tractor or processing patient intakes at an area hospital, we’re all spending a considerable amount of our day on some technological device.
Despite our culture’s increasing reliance on tech-based innovations, the average user knows little to nothing of how such programs are run and are unable to describe even the basic of computer-driven functions.
The job outlook within the technology sector continues to increase (no surprise there), with many of these positions requiring little more than an online certificate and some project experience. For those with industry experience, like Front End Developers, opportunities routinely compensate six figures, with many of these offering remote working environments.
Freshman Welcome Week was really stressful. I didn’t really want to be there, I didn’t have any friends, and I had no idea what the heck I wanted to study. The expectations of what the whole college experience should be vs. what I was feeling created quite the dilemma.
The dichotomy of experience was only magnified when the Student Body President championed from the Welcome Week staged podium, “Welcome to the best years of your life!”
I recall looking around, into the faces of the cheering mostly-eighteen-year-olds, and feeling my stomach twist. I was not happy. I did not want to be here. I was pretty sure I was going to hate college.
Reflecting on my undergraduate experience, I mentally jotted off a few things I wish I’d known as an incredibly lost, quite naïve college student.
Some things are pretty straightforward, like wishing I’d joined ROTC, majored in Economics, dated my now-husband sooner, and landed a McKinsey & Co. internship.
Can you believe that summer is almost over?
Technically, my summer came to an end with the first day of fall semester classes. I went from riding horses every day to lecturing college students on business and technology. The annual change from a life in cowboy boots to sensible pumps is always a little drastic. I’m still getting saddle time in the afternoons and evenings, just spending most of my mornings discussing economic trends and marketing strategies.
Summer 2017 wasn’t exactly an awesome season for me thanks to unexpected surgeries, moving, and other not-so-glam events. I initially didn’t think the season warranted its very own blog post; however, jotting down a few of the highlights has reminded me that headlining summers don’t have to include Caribbean cruises and blowout weddings. Some – like this past summer – involve some pretty cool, albeit not-so-Instagram-worthy events that shape the year that follows.
So, as we usher in the autumn breath of color changes, football games, and harvest season, here’s five highlights from the Summer of 2017:
Distance learning has revolutionized higher education.
Thanks to technological advances, students from a variety of walks of life, faced with a diverse set of responsibilities, living all over the world, are able to pursue their education with the aid of a laptop and a Wi-Fi signal.
Online education allows widespread empowerment through education; however, distance learning presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities to even the studious of students.
I enrolled in my first online course in 2013. Originally skeptical of the whole online classroom environment and concerned with my incredibly elementary tech skills, I wasn’t sure if an online program was the right fit for me. One Master’s degree, half a dozen certificates, and a low residency doctoral program underway, and I’m a huge fan of the online learning platform.
Here are four tips for succeeding in online classes:
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I paid for my college education by training horses and selling cattle; it was hard work, but the proceeds were enough to cover a four-year degree during the middle of the Recession — at a time when scholarships and part-time jobs were scarce. Even though I was negotiating prices, researching market trends, and promoting my livestock, I never thought of myself as a business person.
I didn’t think I was good enough at math, I didn’t think I had the capability to make tough management decisions, and in all honesty, I didn’t think there were many opportunities for women in business— an industry I unfortunately perceived as the ultimate “man’s world.”
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher that lived a century before Plato, is credited with saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.”
Most of us have experienced tumultuous transition times during our lives.
Sometimes it’s for something exciting, like a new job, a new relationship, or even a new hobby.
Other times, the changes aren’t that awesome, such as the loss of a loved one, organizational downsizing, and moving into a crappy rental.
“Good” or “bad” changes, stress almost always accompanies major life transitions.
Are you nodding your head “Yes” right now? Have you recently experienced big changes in your life? Continue Reading…
You made it.
You finished a four-year degree program.
If you’re like many millennial college grads, you’re stoked to be finished with the ol’ bachelor’s degree, but uncertain if that diploma will open the professional doors you so desperately want.
So…you consider graduate school.
You’ve heard it’s hard, really competitive, and quite expensive. You’re concerned about finding the right program, getting approved for financing, and spending another two, three, and even four years slugging away at another higher education endeavor. Continue Reading…
Starting a business for the first time can be scary, stressful, and all other terrifying adjectives.
Even with all the right “things” in place – supportive team, business education, adequate financing, etc. – first time entrepreneurs can be swept away with the hundreds and hundreds of critical decisions that rewired within those first few months.
As with any new venture, entrepreneurship is trial and error – sometimes you make good decisions, other times, those decisions prove to not be so good.
Reflecting over my years of serial entrepreneurship – some which were profitable, others not so much – I’m reminded of some major mistakes I made my first year in business. It’s my hope that by sharing these new entrepreneur “oops!” you can be saved some unnecessary headache as you chart your own entrepreneurial journey. Continue Reading…
A fellowship program is a great way for entrepreneurs to get hands on experience, grow their networks, and develop their professional initiatives.
Whether you’re interested in connecting with investors, or need assistance taking your startup to the next level, an entrepreneurial fellowship may be just the vehicle you need to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.
There are tons of fellowship opportunities offered through colleges and universities. If you are currently enrolled as an undergrad or graduate student, reach out to your academic advisor or business department faculty and request information on available entrepreneurship fellowship opportunities through the institution.
For those not enrolled in an academic institution offering an entrepreneurial fellowship, here’s a listing of fellowship opportunities that you may be eligible for: Continue Reading…