Written by: Kerry Marchment, PCC, CPCC
Schools over? Another box checked in a long list of accomplishments you will achieve throughout your life. Congratulations!
Please take some time to celebrate your accomplishment, your dedication to the process, and the good times you had during your career as a student.
Reflect on any failures (with self-compassion), in which you can learn from.
Now what? Debt? Looking for a job? What do you do now?
First step, always, is to take a breath. It's the first step to grounding yourself and calming the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing you to get some clarity and be ready to take action.
This feeling of overwhelm is just that, a feeling. It is not who you are. It is temporary. Feelings/emotions have a job, they could be telling you it’s time to take action of that which is under your control.
What is under your control?
What is not under your control?
The job market.
Perhaps nothing out there right now is exactly as you thought? Questions you may ask yourself:
What are your values
As you look for the right job for you, will you consider what is important to you? Your values? (Give this assessment tool a try)
Set an intention, visualize what kind of future you would like.
Lose the expectations of a straight line to get there - there is no perfect path in anything, it is ‘your’ path to create, learn and amend as you go.
Once you are feeling grounded, and settled in to do some reflection, I would direct you to a webpage called Woop for some great tools to build your own strategies and create a plan tailored to YOUR needs.
Whatever you choose, I would encourage you to break it into "bite size" pieces, setting yourself up for success with each piece accomplished.
You've got this! Keep moving forward, taking action, focusing on your strengths (assessment tool), looking for ways to learn from any failures and always… breath.
Kerry Marchment is a life and leadership certified coach. She is an accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC), certified through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and received her training through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) obtaining her certification as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).