2 Things That Every College Senior Needs to Know Before Graduation

When my senior year of college came, I was determined to line up a good job for after graduation. I didn’t want to be unemployed for a second after I walked across the stage and received my diploma on graduation day. Ironically, (1) I didn’t end up starting my first post-college job until two months after graduation and (2) my first job after graduation was the worst job that I’ve ever had (with the exception of my brief employment at Panera Bread during high school). But I honestly needed both of those challenges in my life to help me truly transition to adulthood.

I don’t know what your major is or what kind of job you’d like to have after graduation, but here are a couple things that you should know, regardless of your major or job aspirations:

1. Your First Post-College Job Probably Won’t Be Your Dream Job…

When I was a college senior, a fellow college senior gave me that piece of advice—and it has stuck with me ever since. Since graduating from college, I’ve had two jobs—neither of which has been my dream job, which is okay. Lord willing, I still have plenty of time to find a job that I really enjoy.

Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to find the perfect job right after college. It’s unlikely that you’ll find such an amazing job so quickly. There’s no need to waste your time or energy worrying about that. Embrace reality with open arms because you never know what lies a few years down the road.

2. …But Your Purpose in Life Isn’t to Have a Great Career; It’s to Have Great Faith.

Honestly, it’s hard for me to find purpose in my current job—which, in a nutshell, involves developing proposals to submit to government organizations explaining why my company is the best company to meet their IT modernization needs. I’m not particularly passionate about the government or proposal development or IT modernization. Thankfully, I don’t need to love my job to find purpose in life.

As Christians, our purpose in life isn’t simply to enter data into a spreadsheet, answer phone calls, or wipe snotty noses. Our purpose is to bring God glory wherever He has placed us—whether it’s inside a city skyscraper, at a podium in a classroom, or on a tractor in the middle of nowhere. God delights in our daily obedience to Him. So wherever He has called you, you can thrive, knowing that your purpose is simply to obey Him and bring honor to His name.

As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man. Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, so that the Lord may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’” (1 Kings 2:1-4 NASB1995, emphasis mine)

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