I’m not here to discourage you from going to grad school. By all means, if you have ambitions of being a doctor, lawyer or scriptwriter, I encourage you to go follow those dreamings. Future me will even pay you good fund to save my life, divide my assets and entertain me with your latest horror flick. But in case you’re considering going to grad school simply because you can’t think of anything else to do, I’m here is to say that you HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. Less expensive and time-consuming and anxiety-inducing options. At least 55 of them, to be exact. But actually, the possibilities are endless.
1. Get an entry-level task that you hate . File papers or serve coffee or run your way up from the mailroom. At the worst its some cash and some experience. At the best, its the flame this is necessary under your ass. 2. Get an entry-level task that you love . Not the one with the 401 K and killer health benefits, but one you actually enjoy showing up to every morning. Appreciate the underrated notion of being happy at work for once. 3. Volunteer at a hostel for free accommodation . Save up enough fund to buy a plane ticket somewhere sunny and a months worth of food. Then volunteer 20 hours a week of your time in order to house yourself somewhere wonderful. 4. Couchsurf your way around the world . Forgo the cost of accommodation and the tax of loneliness by temporarily shacking up with cool strangers in some of the best places on ground. 5. Start that band you always wanted to start . Get a side hustle to supplement your income. 6. Get a working vacation visa . Go pick fruit in Australia or herd sheep on a farm in New Zealand. At worst itll be the most unique year of your life. 7. Pick a passion and go freelance with it . Turn your side interest in photography or writing into something profitable. 8. Volunteer with an organization you care about . Gain valuable experience in your field and actually feel as though youre making a difference at something. 9. Move back in with your parents . Chill at home while you figure out what comes next. Enjoy getting to know your family all over again as an adult. 10. Move to that city youve always dreamed of moving to . Work whichever task you need to work in order to make it happen. 11. Start your own business . Stop playing by everybody else regulations, and get involved in the prosper startup scene. 12. Take a year to perfect a non-academic ability . Learn to play the saxophone or breakdance. As you get better, busk to supplement your interest. 13. Write a novel . The one youve always had inside of you. You know the one Im talking about. 14. Get into the best shape of your life . Find a workout routine that works for you and get professional-athlete-level ripped. 15. Start a slapstick Youtube channel with your best friend . At best youll become world-famous millionaires. At worst youll have a lot of fun. 16. Corner a super-niche market . The world doesnt have enough tap-dancing beekeeper bloggers. Im just saying. 17. Live like a local somewhere foreign . Learn a completely different language and a quite different culture for a year. You may never want to come home. 18. Learn to bartend . BE the hot bartender youve always wanted to take home.
19. Teach English as a second language . People say good things about South Korea. 20. Hike or motorcycle or roller-skate your way across the country . Raise money for something, or dont. Gofundme could be your best friend here. 21. Become certified to teach something badass . Become a scuba diving or river rafting or rock-climbing instructor. Lead happy tourists on outdoorsy escapades. 22. Have a baby . Babies are expensive and stressful just like grad school but theyre also a lot cuter and might even pay for your nursing home someday. 23. Delete social media . Stress all your friends out by going off the digital grid while you work on a side-project or passion. 24. Audition for a reality TV reveal ., here you come! 25. Join the Peace Corps( or some version of it ). Go lend a hand out where help is actually required. 26. Spend a year analyzing independently . Who says you need profs and tuition to learn valuable datum? Informally school yourself on a topic that interests you, instead of waiting for someone else to teach you. 27. Network like a mother ******. Grab drinks with a whole bunch of people who are where you want to be in life. Start running in the circles that are important.
28. Take up alternative solutions lifestyle. Who tells cant be the barefoot spiritual guru who runs a yoga studio out of their apartment?
29. Fall madly in love . It may not pay the bills but it sure will be a fun distraction. 30. Be an intern somewhere cool . Gain work experience and memorize important peoples coffee orders. 31. Join a butt-ton of meetup groups . Explore every interest or pastime that has even remotely intrigued you. Maybe your calling in life is actually extreme slacklining or becoming a Dungeons and Dragons master. 32. Get involved in the local slapstick scene . You could be the next Tina Fey. 33. Start a blog . Do you have a niche interest, an encyclopedia or knowledge or a whole bunch of impressions? You could cash in on that. 34. Start a consultation business . You may not have a Masters degree but “youre supposed to” have knowledge base that other people are lacking.
35. Tutor people. Help out the suckers who are two years into the Undergrad degree that you just finished.
36. Go on a soul-searching outdoor adventure. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail Like Cheryl Strayed or sail around the world like this ambitious fourteen year old.
37. Write fanfic . I dont want to encourage you to write the next 50 Shades Of Grey but it start out as a fanfic. So do with that what you will. 38. Learn to cook like a gourmet chef . At best you are able to star on a TV reveal, at worst you are able to impress future dates. 39. Run on a cruise ship . Its a big, floating party for a year! Except youre sober and working for most of it. 40. Sell crafty things on Etsy . You look like the kind of person who could string a mean necklace together. 41. Go on a road trip-up . Finally see your own country coast-to-coast. Or go check out the one next door. 42. Run away and join the circus . No, literally. Youre an adult and can faculty a cotton-candy stand, dammit.
43. Make a hard-hitting documentary. Pair up with a videographer and delve into a topic that youre knowledgeable about and want to educate others on.
44. Train for a marathon . Put your personal fitness to the test and cross one more item off of the pail listing.
45. And then make a substantial( and location-independent) living off it. Learn how to code .
46. Travel with digital nomads. Join Remote Year or Hacker Paradise and traveling with developers, creative and other entrepreneurs while you work from your laptop.
47. Youll get your sea legs in time and youll visit some pretty cool destinations while youre at it. Travel as part of the crew on a sailboat .
48. Volunteer your abilities in return for accommodation . Check out Help Exchange to assure which of your offhanded abilities is worthy of room and board.
49. Help restore a national park .
Volunteer your time to assistance restore some of the most beautiful the sectors of your country. 50. Move in with a group of total strangers . This seems to work well for people in TV displays. 51. Become a flight attendant . Travel for free and divided your time between fascinating cities while youre still young and unattached.
52. Participate in a silent retreat . Spend some serious hour reconnecting with yourself and considering what your next move should be.
53. Take a pointed certification program . Become a life coach-and-four or a multimedia journalist and try your hand at an unconventional career track.
54. Who says you cant be a professional cuddler or a motorcycle photographer for Google Maps? Check out a plethora of weird jobs that “youve never” knew existed.
55. Literally flush your fund down the toilet .( Just kidding. Sort of .)