As a 21-year-old fresh out of university, I am constantly being bombarded with questions about what I plan on doing with my degree. I am very excited to have finished this chapter of life, but am unsure of where my life is headed and what kind of career I want to pursue. If it were up to me, I would like to take a year to relax (considering I just finished four of the most demanding, but also fun, years of my life) and maybe start to figure it all out. However, I feel obligated to have my entire life figured out already, constantly pressured by the questions posed by my parents, and even strangers, when I express that I’ve just finished my post-secondary education. Are there any words of wisdom you can provide to help a struggling graduate get through this? HE SAID: First of all, congratulations on your degree. I agree, post-secondary education is a fun time of your life, however the demanding nature of most programs can leave you feeling exhausted after four years. Education is an important factor of life, but it may not have all the answers you are looking for. If you are unsure of your career path, taking some time off to explore options can be beneficial in the long run, allowing you to fully commit and be content with the option chosen. You can also utilize this time to pursue activities you couldn’t before because of schooling such as traveling the world! This is the perfect time to explore all possible outcomes of your life, and you never know where you can become inspired. SHE SAID: Fresh out of university can be a scary time. Pressures to find employment are elevated, while responsibilities and obligations start piling up. Gone are the party days of university, and you need to start figuring out exactly where you want to harness your energy. You may often find parents pressuring you to get your life in check, but that is just because they want to ensure you live a fulfilling life. Thoroughly researching your career options and networking will definitely help push this process along. Take some time to perfect your resumé, presenting the best possible version of yourself. Now would also be a good time to volunteer or find internship positions in your fields of interest, which can provide you with a glimpse of the industry you are considering as a full time career. Do not become overwhelmed with the pressures. You need to remember that not all people follow the same path, all you need is to find your own and the rest will follow suit.