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You've Graduated ... Now What?

Step into the real world with the help of Astrology

by Raven Bailey

So you're finally graduating from college ... now what? Even if you know exactly what you want to do with your life, getting there is still going to mean a lot of hard work. We've got some real-world advice for you graduates, based on the strengths (and weaknesses) of your individual horoscope sign.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

While some signs need time to decompress post-graduation, you Rams finish school ready to take on the world. You're likely to jump into an entry-level job at a company you find interesting and quickly move up through the ranks to a position of power. The thing Aries needs to watch out for in the real world is the tendency to start on the next challenge before finishing the one at hand.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

You Bulls value stability more than other horoscope signs, and you're eager to get the post-grad life you've envisioned for yourself -- the comfortable job, the nice car and the fully-furnished apartment -- right away. In the real world, Taurus needs to watch out for becoming too complacent, sticking with a job that isn't what fulfills you on an intellectual and emotional level just for the material comforts it provides.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Dear Gemini, it might take a little while to figure out what you want to do career-wise, as you're a little bit interested in a lot of different things. This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- Geminis are social creatures, which gives you an edge when it comes to networking and finding opportunities. In the post-grad world, watch out for not taking advantage of those opportunities because you're afraid a better one is around the corner.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Crabs have a harder time going out into the real world than most other signs. You long for the comforts of home, and are likely to head back to your hometown and take a job based on your location rather than long-term career goals. Cancers would benefit from assembling a group of friends and moving to a new city together -- this way you won't have to go it alone, and you'll be located somewhere with ample opportunities.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

You mighty Lions often have a hard time with the post-college opportunities presented to you, because you know you're much more capable and qualified than the available entry level jobs would imply. This may be true, but Leos need to remember to look at the big picture. Or, team up with the brightest minds around you to explore your entrepreneurial side -- you might just launch the next big thing!

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

Virgos are detail-oriented and practical, which makes you a natural fit for administrative positions. Even if you have different career goals in mind, starting out in such a capacity will quickly prove you indispensable to any company you work for. This will put you in the enviable position of being able to decide where you best fit within the company, and you'll have the built-in connections to help you get there.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

Libras often have a hard time reconciling your own dreams and desires with what others want you to be or accomplish. A great way for you to discover what would fulfill you the most would be to spend some time with a career counselor after graduation. Otherwise, you might find yourself stuck in a position that isn't what you really want down the road just out of loyalty or a sense of responsibility.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

Scorpios are driven, focused and do everything at about 110%. Although it will be hard for you Scorpios to take it down a notch, the best thing you can do after four solid years of hard work is to a take a break and relax. Not only will this keep you from burning out too early, it also means that when it comes time to start going on job interviews, you won't be in hyper-intensity mode, which could scare off potential employers.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

Many a Sagittarius has said upon graduating from college, "There's a big world out there -- how do I possibly decide where to go?" The good thing is, Sagittarians don't have to decide right away. You'd benefit from a cross-country road trip or backpacking across Europe -- not only will it give a chance to have an adventure, but it may help you find a place that feels like home, which is no easy task for your wandering nature.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

Rare is the ambitious Goat who graduates from college without a career path all mapped out. You Caps are most likely to finish college with an eye to grad school, chances are for an MBA. While being so focused is a good thing, so is really enjoying your early 20s. Capricorns would benefit from taking the summer before graduate school to just go wild and party -- you'll have few opportunities for such unbridled fun in the future.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

This horoscope sign doesn't want to jump right into a boring 9 - 5 job. You Aquarians want to go interesting places, meet interesting people and make a difference. Spending some time as a volunteer in the Peace Corps or going abroad to teach English would give you the chance to do something different, while also making connections that could lead to career opportunities down the road.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)

You Fish tend to be most productive when you're working alone, but that isn't always an option when you're first entering the workforce. If you take some time out to work on your people skills after college, you'll move up the corporate ladder that much faster once you start climbing it. Public-speaking classes and interpersonal communication workshops would be great tools to make Pisces ready to be part of a team.

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