You’ve graduated. Congratulations!
Now — welcome to the jungle. We’ve got fun and games. Life’s not exactly like Axl Rose’s “Welcome to the Jungle”, but sometimes it kind of is. Sometimes it will make you bleed, sometimes it will bring you to your knees and sometimes you learn to live like an animal. Sometimes you’re forced to feel Axl’s serpentine.
Yeesh, that sounded mighty jaded, but I’m turning 29 this year so I’ve developed that obnoxious, “I know everything about your 20s!”-mentality now. The sort of mentality I like to spew upon younger people whether they like it or not.
Like right now. Here are a few things I’ve learned that might help you, too:
It’s OK if you don’t like your career: There is a good chance that you’ll discover the career you went to school for, you end up despising more than all of MTV’s programming once you try it in the real world. It’s OK if you want to switch careers; it’s not a sign of failure. In fact, most twenty-somethings will change jobs seven times before they reach the age of 30. Even if your grandmother is all like, “Why do you change so many jobs?!” you can say, “Because it’s no longer the 1950s!”
Any job is better than no job: Some of you may argue this, but I come from the mindset that any job is better than no job. In this economy it’s tough to find employment, especially in specific fields. It’s time to stop mooching off Ma and Pa and get workin’. Even if it’s working at Starbucks, some work experience is better than no work experience. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re taking care of yourself and meeting others.