Ask any 4th year at Quest what they’re doing after they graduate and chances are you’ll get one of two answers. Either “I have no idea” or, “not graduate”. While these things are said in jest, it is a pretty big deal to graduate. For many people like myself life is sort of planned out for you all the way till this point. You go to grade school, to middle school, to high school, to university. Of course there’s the option of grad school after this, but even then you have to commit to a field that you potentially want to make a career out of.
The nice thing about Quest is that it gives you the opportunity to either find something you’re passionate about or at least develop the skills required for an abundance of jobs. Because eventually that is what it is about, getting jobs I mean. As romantic as it sounds to follow your passions and travel the world after graduation, money is going to be an issue at some point (at least for most people). I was fortunate enough to find something I’m passionate about at Quest that may eventually make me some money. Last May I had the opportunity to teach ninth grade statistics and it opened my mind up to a career where I might be able to never leave academia without having to churn out constant research papers. It’s still hard to tell people that’s what I want to do because I’ve got my whole life ahead of me. I mean, who knows what I want to do or where I’ll be in a few years, but at least I’ve got one idea to take with me going forward.
Another reason not to be too concerned about the future relates to the broader skills one can gain at Quest. A lot of younger years or prospective students ask me about getting jobs after Quest with the degree. Despite how epic the school is, it would be a bit naïve to assume it has the same attention getting power of more established schools. Though I don’t have a lot of (or actually any) firsthand experience getting a job after Quest, I’m not too concerned for one major reason. The skills you learn at Quest such as writing, collaborating, and communicating effectively will be incredibly beneficial in almost every job ever anywhere. With that in mind, you just have to get your foot in the door. Yes it may be challenging to get an interview with no connections at a place that maybe has never heard of Quest. But when you do eventually get that interview, as a Quest graduate, I expect you to absolutely kill it, because that’s the type of thing you spent the last four years doing. In conclusion, life after Quest (or any university really) might be scary, but at least I believe I have the skills to succeed, and that’s really all anyone can ask for.