For a lot of recent grads this time after graduation can be filled with a lot of hope, anticipation and waiting as the weeks slip away and the ever elusive entry level job has not yet materialized. Many struggle with boredom, having too much time on their hands, and the constant nagging thought that they should be applying for jobs. Here are a few ways to make the most of this waiting period.
1) You now have time to really plan your future and figure out where you see yourself in 5 years. You would be amazed by how many people don’t really have this planned out even after graduating. Become more deliberate and successful in planning your future with this one step.
2) You finally have time to get that summertime bod. Get to the gym, get a healthy meal plan. Time is no longer an issue so dedicate some to putting together all those delicious healthy dishes. At the end of the day, your friends might have more money, but you’ll look better.
3) Strengthen your relationships with friends and family. With all the time you now have on your hands, make yourself more available to friends and family. Redefine your relationship with parents who keep forgetting you’re all grown up. Reconnect with old friends and make that extra effort to stay in touch with the new ones. This could lay the foundation for later periods when you hit your stride and become too busy for everyone.
4) Get a hustle. Indulge your entrepreneurial side. Get creative. You don’t have to wait on someone to hire you to gain “experience” or begin your career. Time is a great resource so use yours wisely.
5)Volunteer. Not because it looks good but because you care about the cause. This is a great time to discover new loves and find new meaning for your life outside of your classwork, school activities and your future career.
6) Read, watch Ted talks and other such things, educate yourself on your interests. Knowledge is never lost and what you learn now could be the thing that places you above the competition in later years.
7) I feel I should mention Networking. I’m personally sick of the word because sometimes it feels like this has taken the place of proper job placement infrastructure BUT, it really is about who you know. So get out there, meet new professionals, and in the words of the ever insightful Gary Vaynerchuk, “let the serendipity take over.”
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This article originally appeared on QuirkyDaily.com