Make it happen. Use your grit.

The grass is always greener on the other side!

Chances are, for the majority of your time at university, things looked greener on the other side. No exams, no annoying group assignments and no need to survive on 2 minute noodles til pay day. Or so you thought.

But now you are out, the grass isn’t quite as green. Perhaps you’re missing that time to reset and start clean each semester, or having specific goals to work to every 13 weeks, or maybe its just the luxury of 4 months off each year.

You realise that even though you struggled a lot, at Uni you knew exactly where you were going. You followed every opportunity that came your way, you said yes to every volunteer position, every internship, just to propel yourself to post-graduation “heaven”.

But now what? It’s time to build your career. You need to take your experience and your knowledge and start building that life you have dreamed of.

If you want to succeed, it’s up to you.

This is a pretty scary notion and your ability to persevere even when you’re feeling deflated is directly linked to your success – the key is grit.

You were gritty at university because you had a specific goal. Now what? How do you now find that grittiness, the perseverance, the conscientiousness? It’s no wonder you’re feeling lost and unmotivated – unlike your degree, your career doesn’t have a finish line … so then, where do you start?

People who lack grit will often bounce from project to project without following through. But you’re different, you finished a whole degree! You have grit, and lots of it.

Angela Duckworth, author of “Grit,” during a Q&A segment for “Talks at Google” on YouTube, says there are three important factors to consider when you’re trying to figure out where to apply your grittiness after university: Purpose Passion. Reality.

> What is your purpose? What is your overall goal for your impact on the world? How can you take this purpose and apply it to your career?

> What are your passions? Many people don’t know what to say when they are asked this. Find something you love. Find something you would do for free, and make a career out of it.

> What’s the reality of your chosen career? Find a way to apply your knowledge, passion and purpose to something that will realistically work to support you financially.

Everything I want to achieve is defined by my effort; the power is in my hands. Just like it’s in yours. So, shake off the doubt, persevere, put in the effort and use your degree with grit!