HE Post-College Occupations

2 years, 4 months ago

Hello all!

This post is in regard to a daunting little notion called the “real world.”

I will be graduating in one semester, and am currently pulling together some ideas for a job after college. While I am not going to follow the path of most of my peers and go interview at Deloitte any time soon, I do need to definitely be realistic about my financial state and independence once I am “cut off” from the parents. However, for the first year or two out of college, I really want to continue to explore who I am as a person, self-educate, and hopefully to do a little bit of traveling.

Does anyone have any knowledge of some (temporary) occupations that are HEthen-esque by nature, and suitable for recent college grads? I have considered things like Teach for America, Peace Corps, etc., but I really want to see what else is out there and explore other cool ideas.

I realize this is vague, and the go-to response may appear to be, “do what you love,” however, I do see this career choice as a temporary one, and another step in the direction of finding out what it is that I WOULD love to do. Ideally this would just be a solid occupation to have for a year or two, and if it included any kind of travel than all the better.

I’m interested to hear what you guys think!

December 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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Profile photo of N.B. N.B. (@tiddlywinks) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

It’s not a job, but I found that WWOOFing was a fantastic experience for me. I got to travel and learn, and though you don’t make any money (usually – I found ways to make a little, though, on the side), your food and lodging is covered. If you can save up a little to do that, I highly recommend it. It helped me along on my journey post-college! :}

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Profile photo of Ramistotle Ramistotle (@mcr513) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@admajoranatussum, I can’t help you with post-grad experiences, but I am in the same position you are in (graduating in May!). I’m not sure how to approach this whole real world thing, but it’s very exciting. I’d love to discuss this matter if you ever feel like it. Just vibe off each other and what not.

Also, I’ve heard great things about woofing as well. Am considering it…

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@admajoranatussum, I’m graduating in May and as of now the details are vague but I hope to be an English as a Second Language teacher. It is something you have to be certified for but clearly the demand is high pretty much anywhere (I mean in comparison to other things) and you can actually get jobs with companies who will pay you much more than you’d expect for an entry level job. Or you can go to a village in some other country and get paid next to nothing but have an amazing time. It really could end up being anything, which is a plus in my opinion. And since most things are just for a year you’re not locked into it.

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Profile photo of B B (@bjohnson) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I have heard that if you work for the Historic Hotels of America, they will transfer you to different hotels in their network by request, and provide free room and board while employed. A great way to visit some of the nicest places in America while making some money and hardly spending any

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Profile photo of Bobby Bobby (@bobbylloydxd) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@admajoranatussum, have faith in love and believe in yourself. You should go to the place that you most want to be and know that you will find what you need. If you have the money, which is less than you think you need, go travel to southeast Asia or India for a few months.

I’m sorry to tell you this but you will load your freedom if you are looking for long term job. The only way to ensure your own freedom is to start thinking about how you can become an entrepreneur, preferably one with a valuable skill.

Don’t get sucked into a bullshit line of work with a 401k and 2 weeks of vacation every year. Take this opportunity to explore both the world and your soul. You will find a path once you find inspiration. Up to that point just keep exploring and loving life.

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Profile photo of Ramistotle Ramistotle (@mcr513) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@bobbylloydxd, I agree with your ideas, but to me, it is easier said than done.

It doesn’t seem financially wise to travel to an area of interest and just start looking for a job. You have to find a place to live, and then, if you’re lucky, you find a job. I can’t comprehend how that works without substantial money to begin with.

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Profile photo of Bobby Bobby (@bobbylloydxd) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@mcr513, a lot of things that you don’t understand work just fine.

I said it the way that I’ve done it, starting without any financial backing. Of course its easier to say than do, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.

I emphasized have faith n the universe and believe in yourself. You get to decide if you let fear dictate what you do.

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Profile photo of LuisLovinLife LuisLovinLife (@cluisr) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

lol this might be a dumb quention and probobly not even related to the current state of the concersation but… whats woofing?

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Profile photo of Scott Michael Harris Scott Michael Harris (@userability) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

look for the oddest, most interesting job you can that sounds fun. Use this time to take a job that will teach you something new. Don’t worry about the pay – jobs that are interesting tend to lead to money later

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Profile photo of Ramistotle Ramistotle (@mcr513) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@bobbylloydxd, I see what you’re saying… Good philosophy.

@cluisr, Woofing is a system where you work on a farm part time (few hours a day) and get food and shelter for working, I believe. There are many farms to work on around the world, and I believe the farmers come and go. I’ve never done it, but I hear great things about it.

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Profile photo of Brendan Barstow Brendan Barstow C (@eyesopen) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

The Acronym stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms, if you’re curious @cluisr.

@admajoranatussum, I feel you on your questions brattah, I’ll be there in a year and a half myself. I think WWOOFing would be a fantastic way to travel and meet friendly people at low-cost. You should also be sure to use CouchSurfing to the fullest during your travels (should you choose to go on the nomadic side) for the same reasons.

There’s also the option of finding a more serious job that would still allow you to travel-working on a ship, Flight attendant (sick gig, and they rage hard!), travel writing (good luck getting paid for it).

Upon rereading my post, I say go for flight attendant. The airline industry isn’t healthy these days, but with a friendly face and a good work ethic you should have no problem finding employment!

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