Someone in your life has made it to the end of their high school or college career- how exciting! For many people, graduation marks the beginning of the rest of their lives. This time is filled with beautiful rainbows and possibilities. These people are ready to tread down their sparkly paved path and begin their lives.
For other people, however, graduating may seem more like they are standing on a cliff with zero visibility. These people cannot see anything beyond the moment that they are in. They are preparing themselves to blindly jump off of said cliff into the abyss.
As teenagers, my sister fell into the first category and I fell into the second category. We both ended up with unexpected turns and jagged rocks along our path. We both also took years to finally find success. This just goes to show that regardless of the category that your graduate may fall into,they are not guaranteed to succeed right away. While no one can guarantee success, here are some things that you are able to do to help them get there as soon as possible.
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Communicate with them about their goals for the future.
As I mentioned before, I had very little ambition, and my path after high school was quite ambiguous. My sister, on the other hand, had ambition, but was unsure of how to focus her goals. I contribute a portion of this to not having had any conversations with the adults in our lives about our futures. So be sure that you have that conversation with your graduate. A perfect gift to accompany this conversation is the Passion Planner. This planner comes in many different colors, and includes an area for scheduling (job interviews perhaps?), notes, doodles, and goal setting!
Be a Motivator, not a NAGivator.
Motivating involves sharing constructive criticism, while also listening and being supportive. Nagging involves harping on someone repeatedly, while offering no encouragement or helpful advice. Motivation can be difficult for recent graduates, considering that they have just finished the marathon that is high school or college, and they are tired! A great gift for this would be a motivational book to get that recent graduate jump started. Some books for motivating young adults for the future are The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Jump by Steve Harvey. These books help readers change to successful mindsets in order to prepare for a successful future.
Plan to have your graduate meet with a financial planner to go over tips for being financially healthy. Or just get them a copy of Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money. How I wish that someone had given this book to me when I was a graduate. I could have avoided the many pitfalls of debt and bad choices. However, I fell into the pit before coming into contact with Dave Ramsey, and am still climbing my way out of debt.
Purchase Job Hunting Necessities.
Chances are that your graduate is about to turn job hunting into a full-time career. You could assist here by providing them with a gas card or metro pass. Other necessary items include a cell phone and internet, which could be prepaid (by you) for a period of time to assist your graduate. Professional clothing is also a hit. Chances are that a high school or college student did not wear professional attire on a daily basis. A trip to the mall could be beneficial as well.
Purchase a Blog Domain.
Your graduate is starting a new journey, and what better way to share that journey than through blogging! This could be a way for your graduate to make some extra cash, and also inspire others. Purchase a domain through Bluehost (click below), and get them started using this post.
As you can see, this is not a long list of frivolous gifts for graduation, but rather a short list of items that could really help your graduate be successful in the long run. This road has been traveled too many times to allow your graduate to fall into the abyss!