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.
Stop Believing Lies About Your Career Now
I desperately wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t feel confident that I could write for my career. So, after I graduated from college, I got a job at an IT consulting company. And I thrived there. I got along well with my coworkers. My boss appreciated my hard work. I got promoted after about a year. I knew that I was where God wanted me to be, but feelings of discontentment still crept in. One of the main reasons I think I struggled with discontentment was because I was falling for these three lies...
To the Homemaker Without a Home
After I graduated from college, I moved back home to live with my parents and two sisters. This has been a great arrangement because I love my family, my home, and my hometown. I work here, I attend church here, and most of my friends live here. It’s a genuinely beautiful place with plenty to do but not too much to do. But there was one really hard thing about the transition from living at college to moving back home that all single college graduates have to deal with—feelings of loneliness. Knowing that I was welcome back home with my family. Yet feeling like I should be getting married and buying a home of my own. Being thankful for the space that my parents had for me. But learning to accept that I didn’t have a home of my own to “homemake.”
Dear Corporate Ladder-Climber
Dear Corporate Ladder-Climber, I see you over there. Curled up in your tiny cubicle. Staring at a computer screen for eight hours straight. Sipping way-too-hot coffee in the morning and way-too-cold coffee in the afternoon to try to stay awake. Blinking ferociously and stretching frequently because you’re scared of the trending phrase “sitting is the new smoking." You might as well buy the jumbo pack of cigarettes now.
To the Career-Less College Grad
It took me two months—two very long months—to find a job after graduating from college. I was definitely giving up hope, but I kept applying for positions and having interviews and receiving autogenerated rejection emails. I felt so...behind. Was my feeling of "behind-ness" normal?
Interview with Catherine Kendrick (Alex Kendrick’s Daughter)
Today's post is very special because it contains thoughts from Catherine Kendrick (one of Alex Kendrick's daughters)! Alex Kendrick has directed and starred in several Christian films, including Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Courageous, War Room, and Overcomer. I recently asked his daughter Catherine to share about herself and her life as a Christian filmmaker's kid.
If You Didn’t Become What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up
What did you want to be when you grew up? And what did you end up being when you grew up? This is what I realized recently: "Wow, I’m grown up now…and I’m not what I wanted to be."
God Knows Your Deepest Desires
I know God never promised that I would marry Sean or that I would become a published author or that I would find the perfect church. And He never promised that you would accomplish _____ goal or have _____ desire met. But that doesn’t mean His back is turned away from you. In fact, the opposite is true.
The 3 Greatest Fears of Adulthood
Some soon-to-be-college-grads that I know already have plans for the future. They already have a job lined up, or they’ve already met Mr. Right, or they’ve already chosen to further their education. But I don’t have anything set for my life after April. And that scares me.