The Biggest Mistake Recent Grads Make After College!

June 1, 2016 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

It’s graduation season!!!

I can’t help but think that 8 years ago around this time, I had just graduated college with zero thought as to what I was going to do next.

In fact, the only thing I planned to do was to “live it up” once last summer on the beach with friends. But as that summer came to an end, so did my apathetic attitude.

It seemed like the only rational thing to do was to get a job, any job that I could find amidst the great recession, and work my butt off to pay my student loans.

But diving head first into the work force with “my mind on money and money on my mind” was probably the BIGGEST mistake I could’ve made. Without taking the time to reflect, reevaluate and create a long-term plan for success, I dug a pretty deep hole that became harder and harder to climb out of.

Today, I talk about this BIG mistake that SO many graduates are making today!

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Today, in lieu of this time of year, graduation season, I wanted to share what I think is the biggest mistake that recent graduates make.

I just wanted to throw it at you, and hopefully you catch it, and keep it in your back pocket as you move through the next chapter of your life…


OK, so the #1 mistake that recent graduates make is….drum roll…they chase after money!

Most of us spend 4 years in college, completely broke…so when we get out, we think OK, I have this degree, student loans to pay off, big plans to buy a nice car and a mansion, I’ve gotta prove my self worth to myself and other people through my paycheck and it’s go time baby.

The mindset: I need to make money. I want to make a lot of money and fast…is what causes many graduates to take similar action.

They immediately dive in to the work force and take a job because of it’s high pay or potential growth or any job that’s remotely related to their major and work their post college butts off.

Now, I’m not saying you can’t reach your financial goals by doing this…but it’s a short-term fix at best.

If you’re solely motivated by money, an external reward, and not intrinsically motivated, motivated by something that you love doing- that feels challenging and fun, it will catch up with you.

In fact this is the reason a lot of twentysomethings and people in their 30s and beyond, are finding themselves in a quarter life crisis. They get burnt out by living for the future, they realize they don’t know what their passion is…and quickly find out that money doesn’t fill that void.

It just doesn’t work that way guys. And as the millennials, we are the generation that is hardwired for seeking a purposeful career and life.

So instead of letting the thought “I need to make money” drive the course of your life after graduation, I would like to propose a new mindset, one that changed my trajectory completely (and in the right direction) and that was “I need to make sense.”

What I mean by that is: I need to make sense of my life. Where am I right now. What do I really want? What needs to change? What is my calling in life? And so fourth.

The graduates who are taking the time to answer these important questions (and acting upon the answers), are the people who are setting themselves up for long-term happiness and success.

Chasing after money is like swimming upstream against the current, at some point you’re going to get tired and feel like you’re about to drown.

You may be thinking, “What about the money?” The question is not whether the money will come because it will, but as a byproduct of a much more fulfilling journey versus this constant grasping and uphill battle.

The question is: are you willing to release the desire to make money from the forefront of your mind and instead make sense of your life?

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Hi there! I'm Shaina Leis- founder of this inspirational space :) I'm a Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping young adults better themselves and their lives. In this blog, you'll find general advice, career guidance and so much more. Have fun!