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3 Routes to Consider After College

3 Routes to Consider After College

For many people, graduating college is the first time in their life where they have no set direction to take. Most people are born, they start school at an incredibly young age and they know that they will probably be in school until they are eighteen. Throughout high school they are advised to go to college and many parents will try to push their kids to specific colleges (typically colleges the parents went to).

Education is good and having guidance is great, but it often leaves people lost when they graduate from a university and suddenly there is no more predetermined standard way to go about life. There are millions of directions that could all be taken, and each leads to a drastically different path. Here are five directions to consider, and where they might lead.

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Entrepreneurial

Being an entrepreneur is hardly ever easy, especially in the beginning. It takes a very specific kind of person. However, when an entrepreneurial person starts down this path, they tend to never be able to work a regular job again.

An entrepreneurial life tends to be all about making connections. Sure, you have to have good ideas and be good at something, but everyone tends to be good at something and have a few good ideas in their life. Entrepreneurs are people that talk to everyone they meet, make connections, and use the connections throughout their life.

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Their day-to-day is almost always different and they rarely have stability in income. Some people love it, while others cannot stand it. Entrepreneur magazine has a pretty good test to take to see if you would make a good entrepreneur.

Secondary degree

For some people a bachelor just simply isn’t enough. They either want to learn more, or have a better resume down the road. This type of person will often choose a secondary degree, like a master’s degree.

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One of the common misconceptions about secondary degrees is the idea that you will have to get this in the same field your bachelor’s degree was in. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if you are unhappy with where your bachelor took you, a secondary degree is a great place to start. It can be daunting to get started on deciding how to go about this and where to go. You can find a pretty good resource here for helping you see what schools you would be able to qualify for based on your situation.

Travel

For many people, graduating from college is their first chance at true freedom. Rather than jump straight into a job, marriage, or family, they choose instead do spend some time seeing the world and meeting people. This is not a bad route and often leads to incredible memories.

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If you do not have any commitments straight out of college then this may be a great route to consider. When people are at the end of their lives they often report that they regret not traveling more. The world is an incredible, diverse place and to only see a small part of it during your entire lifetime is a travesty.

This option does not have to be expensive either. There are plenty of great ways that young single travelers can use to travel the globe at steep discounts. Use resources like The Points Guy to get good travel deals and stay in hostels when you can. You could spend a month traveling the world for just a few thousand dollars if everything is researched and budged correctly.

The thing to remember with all of these is that there is no right answer. Choose what is right for you and what will make your life better in the long run. Don’t let anyone choose for you and don’t look back once you decide!

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Last Updated on August 4, 2020

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

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