What Am I Doing After Graduation?
Ah, the dreaded question. The question we all get asked throughout our years of college, especially in the months leading up to graduation. Especially those of us whose fields of study pertain to the arts and humanities (like English and music, which were my major and minor, for example), because for some reason people often seem to think we can’t really make a career out of an arts-centered focus of study.
Welp, I’m finally graduated from college, and so I’m gonna answer that question. Hopefully so that no one will ever ask me this again, at least in the near future since my graduation is still fresh in my mind (and the minds of anyone who might feel an urge to ask me this question). And I may now have a better grasp on the answer I might want to give, but it may come as a surprise that I still don’t really have much of one, any more than I did before.
What am I doing after graduation?
I still don’t have a totally solid answer for this. I’m going to keep saying what I’ve always said: I want to write. That is what I went to school for, after all.
However, one thing that feels specifically repetitive to the point of frustration is that folks have often asked me if I want to become a teacher with my English degree, even after being informed that I had a concentration in creative writing. This has been asked to the point where it’s irritating. I can see what might bring some to that conclusion, because I do love working with children and have spent most of my life babysitting or doing various other jobs with them, but no– I do not want to teach. If I wanted to teach, I would have majored in education, not English. Some people wonder if I want to be an English teacher, specifically, but if I did, I would not have the concentration in creative writing and would be going on to grad school to get a teaching degree.
I’ve also realized this question is subjective by time frame. If you’re wondering what I’m doing immediately after graduation, like, this summer? I have an answer for that. Like 2 summers ago, I got another full-time job at a summer camp (only at a different place this time), and still have my seasonal part-time movie theater job, so that’s what I’ll be doing. Both of them, because I still want to stay at my part-time job a couple days a week and make extra money in order to get my own place sooner. (At least until I get fed up with trying to coordinate my schedules for both jobs and end up quitting the part-time one, but we’ll see how long I last. I had 2 jobs at the same time at just age 19 and again at age 20 at which time I saved up enough money to pay for my plane ticket to my semester in Paris. I can do it again if need be.)
But if by asking what I’m doing after graduation, you mean that you’re wondering what my career and my entire life looks like? As if I have this all planned out when I have literally just graduated, and am only 21? Sorry, I don’t have much of an answer for you there. I know ideally I’ll have a career in writing of some sort. I want to do journalistic work of some sort, writing and editing for publications– kind of like what I’m doing on here and on The Odyssey, only getting paid to do it. I’d love to have my creative fiction writing published too, maybe finally publish those books like I was talking about doing back in high school.
However, I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, or whether or not it will be those things. And if you ask a college student or recent college grad what they want to do after graduation expecting them to know exactly how their whole career and life will be mapped out, it’s a little unfair to expect them to already know that much at such a young age.
So. What am I doing after graduation? Well, right now I’m working at the 2 jobs I described above. And still doing my jobs writing and editing for The Odyssey and for this site.
And after that, aka what I’m doing as a “real” job? Well, we’ll see sooner or later.