In 3 months I will officially become a college graduate... and if things continue the way they have been, I will officially become a jobless college graduate. I will become a self dependent adult that will need to pay all of my bills by myself, and doing that without a job will most likely be difficult. But I am not freaking out about it as most people tell me that I should be. Now don't get the idea that I am not pursuing a job, I have actually spent the last few months filling out job application after job application after job application and even after all of the effort I have put forth, I still remain jobless.
But it's all good in the hood, it's all chill, it's all swaggity swag swag up in here. Heck, I am only 21 years old, I don't need to have it all figured out right now. There is no reason for me to feel the pressure to find a 9-5 job that I will remain at for the rest of my life, but for some reason society tells us that we need to have it all figured out. Well, I am here to tell you that society is wrong. Society is dumb. Society is an idiot. Society is that annoying kid in the back of the class that even the teacher wants to punch in the face, but can't because if he did he would lose his job.
In fact, I believe that no twenty-something college grad should ever feel the pressure to go straight into a career. Because truth be told, no twenty-something knows what the hell they are doing. There's no way, we are all just trying to figure it out. Some people figure it out by going straight into a career, but others may need to figure it out in other ways. And that is okay. It is okay to do it a different way. The most important thing, however, is that you always remain active in your pursuit. You need to always be actively trying to discover who you are and what it is that you want to do with your life.
And there are also many opportunities that open up when you are a jobless college graduate.
The best time to travel is when you are in your twenties. When you are a teenager or younger you don't truly appreciate what you see. But when you are in your twenties you do appreciate the history, the culture, and the experience you gain while traveling. Another reason it is better to travel in your twenties vs in your forties is because while traveling you may learn something crucial about yourself. You may learn something about yourself that will forever impact the way you look at life and the way you want to live it. And wouldn't it be better to know that in your twenties vs learning it in your forties?
Being jobless after college allows you to do just this. It allows you to travel the world, to learn different cultures, to experience different lifestyles, and to learn something new about yourself before you enter into your career.
Experiment with side projects
Another great benefit about being jobless after graduating college is that it gives you free time to experiment with side projects. In my opinion, side projects are one of the most important things in helping a person to truly understand who they are. That is why I started this blog. Each time I sit down to write I learn something new about myself. I learn about the way my subconscious works, I learn about what matters to me and what doesn't, I learn about my strengths and my weaknesses, and each time I write I get closer to discovering exactly who I am and what I am meant to do.
Your side project doesn't need to be a blog, it can be anything that you are interested in. It could be starting a company that you've always wanted to, it could be creating a painting portfolio, it could be writing a novel, it could be anything and everything that you've always wanted to do but never had the time to do. Heck, you're a jobless college graduate, you have all the time in the world now. Start experimenting....with side projects....not drugs.
Follow that crazy dream
From my experience, a lot of college students have these dreams or passions that they were told that they shouldn't pursue. They were told that they wouldn't make much, if any, money doing it and instead that they should go to college and get a degree. Well, you have your degree and still have no job. So you might as well go ahead and pursue that dream that they told you to put off. So screw a real job, let's give your dream a chance.
Your twenties is the best time to pursue that dream, because chances are you have nobody that you need to support. Most likely you aren't married and you don't have any kids that you need to feed. So right now is the perfect time to move to LA and try to be an actor or a writer. It's the perfect time to move to Nashville and pursue country music. It's the perfect time to move to New York and pursue broadway. It's the perfect time to try and make that crazy dream of yours into a career. Because, you know what? The worst thing that happens is that you don't make it, but at least you'll know for sure that it was never meant to be. At least you will never have to ask yourself "what if?" At least you will always be able to say, "I gave it my best." And you know what else? It may just work out. You may just be able to get everything you've ever wanted. But you'll never get that if you never try.
Maybe being a jobless college grad isn't that bad after all.