Approximately three million college students are expected to graduate with either an associate's or bachelor's degree in the United States this coming May. If you are one of these students -- and what comes after graduation scares you, don't let the fear prevent you from taking action. After working with thousands of students -- and having been one myself -- I realize that the fear stems from a misconception that you'll be stuck with whatever you choose for the rest of your life. And until a few decades ago, that was the case.
However, as Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, founders of the career website TheMuse.com, point out in The New Rules of Work, “the New Rules necessitate a major mindset shift; one that involves looking at your career as a series of two- to five-year steps, rather than a single choice made up front." So you don't have to make a decision for the rest of your life; you just need to take one step in a direction that seems most appealing to you at the moment and be prepared to course correct as needed. Here are five tips to keep in mind as you do so.