As you can probably tell from any picture of me, I go to the gym. Hard core. Three days a month, yo. Gotta be on that grind.
In the event that I do choose the gym over Burrito Gallery, I like to listen to some podcasts. The more I can distract myself from what I’m forcing myself to do the better. Primarily I either listen to Mike Patz or Mark Batterson. My friend Drew told me about how you can listen to podcasts on double speed, and I tried doing it for Mike Patz and it sounded like a Chipmunks album because he already talks fast. But with Mark Batterson, I can still make out what he’s saying fairly easily.
I was listening to a sermon by Mark this week on double speed and as it was coming to a close, I was also finishing my work out so I slowed him down to normal speed. After listening for to the entire message on double speed, slowing it down to normal speed felt like I was listening to Eeyore tell me about John the Baptist. It felt incredibly slow, even though he was speaking at a normal rate.
For a lot of college students, this is the month where it is the end of the line for their education. No more late nights studying. No more Ultimate Frisbee. No more seeing 800 friends in the same day. But don’t worry, the Ramen Noodles phase will stay with you for a while.
Going through college (and all school for that matter) is like listening to life on double speed. When you graduate and you don’t have a job or internship lined up, it’s like going back to normal speed, and you might feel like it’s taking forever. You might feel like you’ve jumped off of a cliff for the past four years (or if you’re me five years) and now you’ve just landed in the water and you’re floating around, slowly coming up for air.
I’ve got news for you: that’s ok. You’re on normal speed now because… well, it’s normal. Even though it may totally feel like it, you haven’t slowed down, you’ve just changed settings.
I know you’ll see friends on Facebook with super awesome plans and jobs immediately, and that can drive you nuts and make you bitter. Don’t let it. Don’t start doubting yourself because you’re on normal speed now.
Here’s a couple of tips from what I’ve learned along the way.
1) Don’t sweat it. You might have been the king of campus for a while, but now you’re back at home with your parents. That might make you feel like a failure, but you’re not. You’re doing what thousands of other people have to do. And it’s ok. Now as you will probably realize, you don’t want to stay there forever. It might take longer than you think to get out, but just be grateful, keep your head down, and know it will pass. You’re not a loser.
2) Go on a trip. If you don’t have something lined up (even if you do and can make it work) this is your chance to get out of the college town and see something new. Maybe get another friend and do a two-week road trip. Eat PB&J’s on a budget. Stay at crappy hotels. Just get out and be adventurous. You’re finally free from the exams hanging over your head!
3) Get in a routine. This is advice I would give anyone who is unemployed. It’s something I wish I would have learned sooner in my unemployment era. (Eras*) It’s easy to stop setting an alarm clock and to never look at your calendar. It’s ok to recoup for a week or two, but don’t let it become how you live your life. Get up with the rest of the world and get out. Use the free time to bring rest to your life, but don’t get lazy. That will definitely make you feel like you’re slooooowed down.
Get up. Read. Go to the gym. Then sit down and start working on the job hunt. Sometimes it’s nice to even get out and go somewhere else. A lot of people find it’s better if they don’t do that kind of stuff at home because it starts to bleed into where you relax and live. And job hunting can really suck the life out of you.
4) Allow your resume to be looked over and critiqued. I know you might have graduated Magna Carta Supa Dupa, but you don’t know as much as you think you do. I’ve had my resume changed so many times; I wish I had kept track. My guess is that I’ve changed my resume about 50-70 times in the past five years. Not an exaggeration. Everyone has an opinion, and not everyone has a good opinion, but listen to people that have been in the workforce for a while. It can really help. And don’t take it personal. It’s just part of the game.
There are a billion more tips, but these were just a few that I thought might be helpful and encouraging. Just because life feels like it’s been slowed down doesn’t mean it’s actually dragging now. You’ll be stressed out over your job soon enough, don’t worry.
Welcome to the working world! You’ve earned it! Now it’s time to get your own Netflix account!
PS: If you want any of tips on resumes and cover letters let me know. I’m no expert but I’ve had a lot of good advice given to me. I’m also the self-proclaimed king of temp work. I’ve done it a bunch. Let me know if you need any help!