THE NEXT STEP
A lot of people graduate this time of year, whether it's from elementary school, high school, or tech school. Most poke their nose into the job market as soon as they have a diploma in hand.
I don't have to tell you the job market is still a bit dismal, struggling to catch up since the Great Recession which was really a depression but nobody wanted to admit it. Even if the market was wide open and jobs were plentiful, don't jump into the pool immediately.
Up to now, you've spent your life getting educated for all sorts of things, from math to carpentry, styling hair, med school, a B.A. degree, graduate school, a college diploma, or business school.
Don't do it now. Not right away. Take the time off and wander around for a while. Get a job somewhere and save some money. Stay with your parents and for God sakes don't even consider getting married or having children. And even though you think you know what it is you want for a career; whether it's law enforcement or dentistry, wait. Don't jump into the water just yet.
This is the time to travel. You don't need a lot of money. Drive or ride across the country. Wash dishes, flip burgers, or waitress part time as you travel. If you like to ski, check with some of the ski resorts out west. They always need instructors, ski patrol personnel, or people to work the shops or the restaurants. Pick apples in orchards, get a job as a lifeguard in Cali, or just wander around. Gas is expensive so you might want to travel by bus. If you have the financial resources, travel abroad. Make sure to visit Amsterdam, Prague, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, London, and of course Paris. Taking the trains in Europe is a great way to get from one place to another. Throw a pack on your back, get some sturdy footwear, and walk. You can stay in hostels or hotels. Europe has all levels of accommodations.
The reason I say this is that even though you think what is you want to do, take a year off to think about it. Experience the world you'll be living in. You don't have to be on a choo-choo train to more education. You've had enough for now. You need to clear your head and explore the rest planet.
Why wait until you're 60 years old to cruise the Baltic or visit Beijing? Move around the world. Pick up a gig sweeping streets or other manual labor to make a few bucks to keep you going. Now is the time to take the next step. Not to school, but to the rest of your life. Remember. Advanced education will always wait for you. Life won't.