Tuesday, October 25, 2005
What to do after graduation. A topic I’ve covered a few times in the past. But today’s New York Times nails what I’ve observed in my office as well, grads seeking a Fanciful Detour before the real career begins.
The author profiles a few grads working at what looks like non-traditional post-grad jobs, everything from driving a bus across country to leading tour groups to applying to the Peace Corps. The kind of thing people in the 60’s did under the rubric of expanding our life experience.
So what’s the rationale this time around? The author lists various reasons: expanding life experiences, testing possible careers or plunging into service for the common good. Add to this altruistic thinking a serious need to break from academic stress and a number of grads are at least considering the lure of a few years off.
It all sounds fine to me. Echoes and reverberations from the 60’s—in a good way where grads sought to delay the pressurized and predictable for at least a few years. Only we seemed more stumbling than deliberate.
So, what’s your take on the post grad conundrum? Grad school right away? Few years of experience first? Related/unrelated to future plans? Pro’s/con’s?
I’d especially like to hear from readers with a few years of that invaluable life experience. Would you make the same choices today that you did right after graduation?
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