Earlier this week I wrote about things that happen when you leave a college town. I wanted to follow that post up with a post about the benefits of no longer being in school. I don’t want to be too focused on the past. Even though I will always miss certain things about college, there are things about the present that are just as great. Not to be cliche but the best is probably yet to come. Now onto the list.
- You are making your own money. Yes, I had a part time job in college but there is something empowering about now making a full time salary. For once there is a concrete value on your skills.
- Since you are making your own money you have more control over what to do with your money. Not to say you will have a bunch of excess money at first. You still have more control over how your money is distributed than before though. After you pay all of your bills that is!
- When you are done with work you are truly done for the day. This may differ by industry but for me when I get home I have complete freedom with my time. If I want to focus on working out I can do that. If I want to hangout friends I can do that. I can even just watch trashy TV if I want. Studying, writing papers, or meeting with your group project after being in class all day doesn’t get in the way of how you truly want to spend your time. To me this is one of the biggest benefits.
- Depending on where you end up you may be able to afford to live by yourself and decorate however you want. Living by yourself may not be a benefit for everyone and it isn’t one 100 percent of the time even for me. However, there is something nice about being able decorate exactly how you want. There is also no one to get annoyed at your living habits.
- How you are doing at your job is evaluated based on how you carry out your daily tasks. You aren’t heavily evaluated on how well you were able to memorize for your multiple choice test anymore.
- This may not be the case for everyone, but you don’t have to jump through hoops to prove why you need to take work off. When I was in college I had a funeral to go to on a test day and I had to submit documents to prove it. While I understand why it was that way, I prefer having a job that I can choose when I feel it is necessary to take a day off. There is usually someone else in the office who can help out with my workload while I am gone if it is completely necessary. I know there are different company cultures and it might be harder for some to get time off approved though.
College was awesome but after 17 years of having homework after being in class all day, not having to bring work home with me once I leave the office is reason enough for me to love post grad life.