Why It’s Okay to Not Have A Plan After Graduation


Soo… what’s next?

Right now like many others I’m fresh out of college and at a crossroad in my life. I’m in this weird limbo where I find myself dodging my family members’ prying questions and ignoring the still unpacked moving boxes in my garage. I’m just getting over the thought of not returning to the place and people I’ve been around for the last four years and now you’re telling me I need to have my life planned out? This is all happening so fast!

Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so… I did some serious soul searching over the past couple months and I’ve come to the conclusion you don’t need to have your next 1..2..5 years planned out. And here’s why…

There is no formula for life, it just happens

Whether we’re ready for it or not, life goes on and we’ve either got to keep up or catch up. It’s great that some people know exactly what they want to do after graduation, but a lot of people have no idea what their next steps are, and that’s okay too! For me, searching for a full time job became a full time job. I found myself scouring online job boards for hours on end and getting  frustrated real fast. Things are going to happen for a reason and the right job, internship, relationship, etc will happen when it’s meant to happen. Just be patient.

Rediscover Yourself

While the post-grad experience has been labeled as a transitional period, I think of it more as a transformational period. This is the time for us to rediscover who we are and what we want. Think… Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never gave yourself the time to do it? Now is the time! Take a yoga class, write an e-book or learn how to cook. Travel the world, or at least outside your comfort zone.

Don’t Settle

Never be afraid to take risks. Follow your passions because they could turn into a career you love.  Don’t take anyone else’s opinions too seriously because the only opinion that really matters is your own.  The people who truly are meant to be in your life will accept and support any decision you make. If you know you’re not going to be happy with a job, don’t take it and wait for the next one. Opportunities will always arise. There are no wrong decisions when it comes to figuring out your life, but the truth is you do have to decide. I believe in creating your own future and success. Just remember, this is your life, do not settle for anything less than happiness.


Leave some comments below if you can relate to this!


  1. Ryley
    July 15, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    Case, this was exactly me after college and you could not have put the words together any better. Such an indescribable feeling of helplessness suddenly turns to an indescribable feeling of self acceptance and determination. Keep doing what you’re doing; I think you have something here!! Xox

    • caseyfrombeginningtotrend
      July 15, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Ryley! I’m happy you were able to relate to this post xoxox

  2. Crystal
    July 15, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Casey this is awesome! I 100% agree with all of this and you are so talented at writing!!

    • caseyfrombeginningtotrend
      July 15, 2015 / 11:13 pm

      Aw thank you Crystal!

  3. July 17, 2015 / 11:01 am

    This really spoke to me, I graduated last year witha job lined up and now, one year down the line, I’m in a different job that I equally dislike and don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything.
    I wish I’d taken a year to myself to travel, try new things and experience the world!
    I’m getting closer and closer to that decision now, quit the job I don’t like, take some selfish me time and follow my real passions!
    Great post 🙂

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

    • caseyfrombeginningtotrend
      July 17, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment Rachel! Your blog is great so if that’s what you’re passionate about I say go for it! xo

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