You’re probably wondering what to do to kickstart your new life as an adult with a degree after graduation. Before going to the job scene, your time after graduation could be spent building experiences that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Have you thought about traveling? Interning? Moving somewhere new? These are all possibilities. In this article, we present six things to do as a recent graduate to live your life to the fullest.
1. Traveling While Working
Just because you’re done with college classes doesn’t mean it’s time to Netflix Hub and chill. Do you enjoy traveling and want to see more of the world? Become an au pair! When you’re not babysitting, you can explore life in another country.
What’s more? Most au pairs live with the family they work for in exchange for childcare. This means that you get to travel rent-free. Forget the student loan calculator, you’ll be paid up in no time. You might even get an allowance each week from the au pair host family. Sounds like a great gig to me.
2. Interning for Real Experience
Now that you’ve graduated, you can take on internships with opportunities that go way beyond your small town. Jumping straight to job hunting isn’t necessary with unemployment percentages dropping down to pre-pandemic levels.
Go for training in your field or try something different. Industries are being changed by AI, and Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are currently taking the world by storm. Why not consider a Bitcoin internship and learn about Bitcoin trading and software handling?
3. Traveling via Boat
Want to see the world from the sea’s perspective? Sign up to be part of a cruise ship family and work as a waiter for room and free food. Have a special talent? Become part of the ship’s evening entertainment and sing jazz standards for tips.
Without setting aside money for rent, your earnings can go directly to your savings, making cruise ships an excellent way to prepare for your future. You might even get discounts if your friends and family decide to hop aboard.
4. Teach English Abroad
Complete a short and sweet TEFL certification and earn the accreditation to teach English to students around the world. Go for places you’ve always wanted to travel to and make money exploring a new place. Teachers’ salaries are fair, so you’ll still have money left over for traveling and exploring after paying for rent and food.
5. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is an opportunity to work hard on organic farms across the globe. In exchange for hard work, you’ll receive room and board and the opportunity to explore new territory on your days off.
You also get the opportunity to move around to different farms from the different weeks, making your traveling even more extensive and exciting. You’ll make new friends from around the world who also do the program.
6. Flight Attendant and Travel
When your flights aren’t full, you gain time to travel as a flight attendant. While flying around the country—or the world—you can start working on your savings and gain the perks of traveling for free. For a job that lets you travel and save, become a flight attendant.
The Bottom Line
While you might want to jump on the opportunity to look for work following graduation, there are so many things that you can do before getting into your field. Consider the ideas above as you ponder how to make the most of this time following graduation. The world is your oyster!