Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 

Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 


What’s a Real Job?

When I say real job I mean those jobs that start around 9 and end around 5. You get a cubicle and maybe free coffee in the morning. They give you benefits, sick days and vacation days like they are doing you a favor. And the best part is they are basically designed to keep you there till you die!

When you work at a “real job” you start to say things like, “I hate this place” and “looks like we made it to the weekend”. Because the week is so terrible that you are just waiting for those 2 days at the end. Then you have to start all over again… So I am trying to avoid them like the plague.

Here are some things that you can do to stay away from those:


Going Back to School


Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 


You just graduated and you are still in the school mindset so you could go back! Adding to your collection of degrees is never a bad thing. Having these credentials will give you more options later on in life, so if that is your plan then get studying!

Depending on what kind of advanced degree you are going for you will have to take the GMAT (Grad School), LSAT (Law School), MCAT (Med School), etc. Before you start your application process you can see the opinions that former students have on your prospective schools right here at


Related: [PhD: When A Master’s Degree Is Not Enough]


Intern Abroad


Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 


If you had the opportunity to study abroad when you were in college then I am sure you loved it! I know I did and I wouldn’t trade all those adventures and friends for anything in the world! So why not keep the fun going and get an internship abroad?

There are many sites that offer internships, but I have recently been made aware of the Transition abroad website and I am already starting my applications!!!

Whether you have never been out of your hometown, or your passport is filled with exotic locales you can always have another adventure. I promise that 9 to 5 desk job will be waiting for you when you get back…if you want it lol! Don’t tell anybody, but my goal is to never have to work that crappy cubicle job. Keep reading to find out how I am gonna stay away from it!


Related: [How To Land An Amazing Internship]


Teach English Somewhere


Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 


This one is mainly for my English speakers, but if you speak a highly sought after languages like Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or German this can work for you too! Get a tutoring job. There are many organizations that will pay you to live abroad and teach a language.
When I studied abroad in the Galapagos Islands I met a few people at my school that were tutoring English. They seemed really excited to do it and the contracts they had were for 3-4 months and then they could either extend it or go somewhere else.

Doesn’t seem like a bad way to put some miles on your soul!


Related: [How To Improve Your Communication Skills]


Get a Location Independent Job


Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 


In the digital age that we are living in, there are many jobs that allow for complete location independence. As long as you have a computer and Internet access you can literally work from anywhere in the world.

Here is a list of some location independent jobs that you can start to research:

Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Creative Writer, Photographer, Technical Writer, Marketing Specialist, etc…

Hopefully, that will get you started because there are a lot of options out here for location independent positions. And if you don’t find something that you like you could just make your own job!


Related: [The Best Student Jobs On Remote You Can Find Right Now]


Start A Business


Things to do After College Instead of a “Real Job” 


Starting a business is a great idea after college. If you don’t want to get a “real job” then why not make your own job, set your own hours, and be your own boss? Sounds great right?

There is definitely a certain allure to creating something of your very own. You have all the freedom that your business skills will allow! Especially if you are working to create a business that you can run online because you will have that location freedom that we have been talking about!

Don’t get me wrong though it will be very difficult! Starting any kind of business from scratch takes a lot of hard work and determination. Since I have started my blog I have thought about quitting more than a few times but I think this is something that can be learned. Just like anything, there is a learning curve but once you master it you are golden!

So think about some of the things that you are good, at or like to do and start doing some research so that you can one day call yourself the CEO of (insert your business name here).


Related: [The Complete Guide To Finding Your Ideal Business School]


To Wrap-Up

Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to stay away from a “real job” a little bit longer. And with some luck, you may find something that you love to do! Even an unpaid internship can go a long way in bringing you some valuable and rewarding experience. Here’s an article on why you should consider doing unpaid internships.

Think you’ll try some of these ideas? What are your plans for after graduation? Let me know in the comments below or head over to my site and tell me!


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Hey, my name is Jeff! Currently, I’m a full-time Chapel Hill graduate and part-time blogger. My blog is called The J-Free: A Millennial Thing! When I am not binge-watching Netflix or running at the gym, I am there writing about Life After College, Dating, and Movie Reviews. Head over sometime and say hey!

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