Typically, we take life one step at a time. Some of us have things planned for our future already, but some of us just go with the flow. But there is one question which I think everyone has in common and that is, “what to do after a degree?” This question is something that even the most motivational people end up struggling with. Do we start working right away? Do we start our own business or do we pursue education further? These are the kind of questions that start to flood everyone’s mind right around the time of graduation.
Usually, right when you start off with your final year of university you might feel the pressure build up as you are about to enter the real world.
There are so many expectations attached to you. Sometimes you might feel lost between what you want and what you are expected to do. In such situations, take a break and think things through.
Here we are going to talk about the problems that usually occur after completing a degree. Many motivational people have been through at least one of them and they are as follows:
- Requirements of a degree
- Job related family pressure
- Competing with equals
Motivational People and Their Degrees
Getting a good job is the first thing that we expect as soon as we graduate. A job that is worth the time spent in our university. The more money we’ve spent on our education, the more we expect from our starting salary as well. Mostly when we finish a degree in a specific field, it is natural to expect to work in the same industry and field as well. That is what our degree dictates us to do but you don’t necessarily need to work in the same field as your degree. Your mind can change and you may feel attracted to or interested in something else over time. In that case, you should explore the new options. That is what motivational people would advise you to do as well.
Your degree should not hold you back from trying new and diverse things.
I, for example, have a degree in architecture; but I’m not an architect. I am a businessman. I entered into the business world and started my own company. Initially, my company did offer architecture services but that was my company, not me.
When I say that you should definitely experiment with new and diverse things, it doesn’t mean that you give up your field. It also doesn’t mean that you stay stuck to a single field all your life. It is important to find a balance. If you start in your own field initially and after a few years you realize that you don’t enjoy it, then you should explore the other side. It is recommended to experiment in your 20s and 30s.
Family pressure on Starting a Job
While talking about experimenting it is important to remember one thing here that not all of your experiments will work out.
You learn by trial and error but some of this will bear fruit eventually. The problem is that the families don’t always understand this and are neither supportive of these experiments. Once you graduate and get a degree, your family wants you to get a good job, stick to it. They want you to progress in that certain field. They want you to earn so you can get settled down. All this experimenting and trying out new things is something that they don’t understand. This can be very demotivating for someone who already feels like their degree is not something that they can sync with.
This effects most of us who live in Pakistan with our families. The family pressure is very real for such people because they depend on their families. There are a few people who do move out, get their own apartment, after getting a job, but mostly that isn’t the case. Our families are surely looking out for us but they are limited by their own experiences and are unaware of the changing times. In these situations what motivational people do is to talk to their parents and convince them that they need time. You assure them that you definitely want to do something and you will as well; but first, you need to reevaluate what it is that you really want to do and are good at.
Competition with Peers
After we graduate and get a degree. We start comparing ourselves and our progress with those around us. This happens because since the very beginning the concept of being part of a race and competing with others has been drilled into our minds. Ever since we started school as kids, it was always about what position we got in class, what our grades were, etc. Then the questions arise about who were we ahead of, and if we were behind someone then why were we behind them? Motivational people prescribe to this. It is good for kids to be competitive but it can lead to unnecessary pressure in situations when they fail to keep up with their peers.
When we step into our professional lives, this race and competition follows us there as well. We start comparing ourselves to our peers. We start feeling the pressure again if someone who was on our level gets ahead or gets a promotion, and we find ourselves in the same old position. The thing is that everyone has their own pace to reach things. Your only competition is you. You should be striving to get ahead of your past self and no one else. It is always you vs. you. Remember that.
We talked about these issues keeping in mind the perspective of motivational people on this as well. What we take from all this discussion is that your degree shouldn’t hold you back from trying out and venturing into new fields of work. Also, you should not let family or peer pressure let you decide what you should be doing or what your pace should be. It is all about you and you get to decide what you want for yourself. Now just go get it!