After an entire semester and a busy week of final exams and projects, all you want to do is curl up on the couch with hot chocolate and cookies and watch Christmas movies. However, Christmas Dinner with your extended family is right around the corner and you are dreading answering questions about your future. Here are a few tips and suggestions on how to survive Christmas Dinner with your family.
Common Questions & Answers:
- “Do you have a job yet?” If you do, great! You can tell your family all about the position and what you will be doing. If you do not have a job, talk about where you are in the job search process and what job(s) you are hoping to secure.
- “Are you going to grad school?” Talk about the grad schools you have applied to and what Master’s degree program you will be pursuing. If you are not going to grad school, say that you are considering grad school after working for a few years or are not planning on attending.
- “Are you ready for the real world?” If you are looking forward to post-grad life, explain why! Talk about all the exciting adventures and opportunities that you are looking forward to. Although you may not be ready to leave college, try to list a few things that excite you.
- Form an action plan before you get home for Christmas Break so that you can talk about it with your family members. Come visit the Career Center today to formulate your action plan!
- Have a good attitude! It may be tempting to be blunt or brief in your responses to your family’s endless questions. Unfortunately, there is no way to escape the situation, so choose to be cheerful. After all, it is Christmastime!
- Project confidence in yourself and your abilities. If you are feeling uneasy, you can ask your relatives for advice. Be sure to project your interest in the future. Also, be open to their suggestions and remember that they love you and care about your future.
- Ask your relatives about their careers. Ask your uncle about the business he started, talk to your cousin about his supply chain job, or ask your aunt about her government job. They may spark your interest in their job or career and may be able to open a door in their own company.
- Tell your family you are planning to visit the Career Center after break and that you know how important it is to have a plan for after graduation.
- Do not make up excuses to exit the conversation because this is rude and, in the real world, you cannot run away from your boss when he asks questions. Just think of the fact that next Christmas, you will not be asked these questions anymore because you will be living out your plan!
Hopefully, these tips and suggestions help you look forward to Christmas Dinner, rather than dreading it. If you’d like to make an appointment with the Career Center staff before Christmas, they are here to help you prepare for these types of situations. Come on in or give us a call to schedule an appointment today!