Finding Yourself After College Graduation

According to most experts, the college experience is a time when young minds discover what makes them tick, what they want, and sets them on a life trajectory that will guide them through their adult life. If only it was always that simple. In 2019, with more career paths than ever, the road to ‘finding yourself’ has never been harder. There are different tangents and different routes that can lead you to success.

College is a time when you are surrounded by like-minded peers who will guide your decision making and help you in a formative period of your learning and education. So, once the college experience at USC is all said and done, how does one find their way out in the real world. For those coming to the end of their time at USC, here are a few tips for finding your calling once the final bell has sounded.

Don’t be Limited by Your Major

Just because you graduate from USC with a major in accounting, it doesn’t mean you need to crunch numbers for the rest of your life. Liam Edward graduated from College in 2015 with a major in media studies. After a brief foray in the field of media and journalism, he found himself working as an SEO Consultant for small businesses. “There’s a whole host of jobs that you are not even aware of when you’re inside the college ecosystem. Stepping outside into the working world you quickly learn that opportunities can present themselves in different ways.”

You never know how things are going to turn out. Define what you want your life to look like and then see where your job fits into that picture. Be flexible with your goals and open yourself to new opportunities. 

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Feeling nervous or anxious about the next period of your life? Don’t worry, so are thousands of other graduates who are in the same position as you. No one has everything figured out the moment that they graduate. Embrace the discomfort and don’t be afraid to struggle. Meaningful transformation will happen when you allow yourself to feel uncomfortable with your situation. Ever wonder why the most successful people have a ‘hard luck’ story to back up their success? The way that you approach difficulty and discomfort says a lot about your character – embrace the challenges of an unstructured life. 

Stay Social with Your Peer Group

You’ve just spent the last four (maybe five) years nurturing and developing meaningful relationships with your peer group – now is not the time to forget that. Enjoy the fruits of those friendships and discuss your uncertainties with your peer group. Having a balanced life is the key to fulfilment. Your peer group plays an important role in keeping you balanced (and sane) as you figure out the next chapter of your life. 


Graduating from college is one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking parts of your adult life. Remember, you don’t have to walk into one job and stay there for the next 40 years – it’s ok to try your hand at a number of careers until you find your true calling. Life experience is the most valuable way to define what you want your career and your working life to look like.