College to Career: A Journey into Life’s Next Chapter




Join Joshua and TJ as they dive deep into another episode of the Man to Man podcast: College to Career. Today, we’re unpacking the journey from college to the vast world of adulthood. It’s a transition filled with excitement, anxiety, and a rollercoaster of emotions.

TJ, remember those days when the college chapter drew close? It felt like standing on the edge of a cliff, didn’t it? For many, it’s a time of deep reflection. While some stride forward with a clear plan, others lie awake, haunted by the uncertainty of what’s next. The pressure to land that ‘perfect’ job, the weight of student loans, and the fear of choosing the wrong career path can be overwhelming. Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

And Joshua, you’ve always been candid about your college experience. Juggling internships and part-time jobs gave you a sneak peek into the future. But you’ve also expressed your disillusionment with academia, often referring to your degree as a “fancy paperweight.” It’s a wake-up call for educational institutions to bridge the gap between classroom theories and real-world demands.

Transitioning from college isn’t just about that first job. It’s about growing into an adult, navigating taxes, managing a home, and building relationships outside the college bubble. As Joshua often says, “College might be a safety net, but adulthood? It’s the real jungle out there.” And in this jungle, resilience, determination, and adaptability count.

One theme that resonated throughout our chat was the power of mentorship. In the complex world of adulthood, having a guiding hand – mentors, faith groups, or a strong support system – can make all the difference. Joshua, you’ve always emphasized how crucial the first few years after college are and how a solid foundation can set the tone for the future.

And, of course, our conversations always circle back to faith. It’s the anchor that keeps us grounded. In the midst of uncertainties, our faith acts as a beacon, providing clarity, direction, and purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Suggestive Resource: Adulthood Calling.


  • How have significant transitions shaped who you are today? What tools or strategies have you adopted to navigate them?
  • How can our educational system better prepare students for the real world?

Challenge: Take a moment to reflect on your journey from college to adulthood. Identify three key lessons you’ve learned and think about how you can share this wisdom with someone on the brink of this transition.

From the college campus to the vast world of adulthood, it’s a journey filled with challenges and victories. But with guidance, a strong spiritual foundation, and the lessons we pick up along the way, we can navigate it with confidence and direction. Until next time, stay Uncommen!


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