They are. Thousands and thousands of them from all over. Looking for a job, looking for a break, many glad to be free of the confines of academia. Some wishing they still had something to hang on to.
We do have attachments; attachments to a way of life that is ending. In a blog a while ago I spoke of transitions – that place where you move from one phase of your life to another. It can be uncomfortable, anxious, uncertain.
From my perspective, being uncertain is not a bad place to be, though many parents might disagree, concerned that their offspring need a direction, whatever that might mean. Sure, some grads say they know where they’re going – that they have a clear course mapped out before them. That’s until they start following that course and doubts spring up.
Uncertainty gives you this great opportunity to look around. This is where you can try things on for size. Personally I believe traveling is a terrific eye opener. Go see how the other half lives. Check out another culture. Try out that French or Spanish for real where they don’t speak English. Now you might just appreciate its value. You won’t be afraid to explore, or order a meal in a village restaurant. You might even take a part time job. That’ll give you an experience.
Please don’t rush this uncertainty. Take your time. You’re not about to make a lifelong commitment. It’s OK for someone to say ‘haven’t you got a real job yet?’ Just smile, thank them and move on. This is your life. Not theirs. Good luck.