In a little more than a month, there will be two graduates of Wayne State College in the family.

My daughter, Claire, graduates in May with a degree in graphic design, joining me as a diploma holder.

Her fiance, Trevor, also graduates that day from WSC with the same degree.

Then Claire will take the summer off from school before starting again in the fall at Northeast Community College in Norfolk to pursue a degree to become a veterinary technician.

Somewhere in the middle of earning her second degree, Claire will get married.

Before all that happens, Trevor will land a job in his field.

There's a lot going on in the lives of a couple young people.

Life moves pretty fast when you're young. There's so much you have to do and so much you want to do.

Although many kids think college life is the real world (I was one of them), that's not true.

I thought that since I was living off campus, paying bills while going to school, I knew what it would be like once I left college.


I'm sure Claire and Trevor are probably a little more worldly than I was at their age. Kids seems to grow up quicker and be more aware these days.

Still, their lives will be changing forever.

College is like high school in that by the time you get the hang of it, it's time to go.

When the comforts of school ends, you are on to the next challenge, and navigating the work world is a challenge.

I found that some of what I learned studying journalism in college transferred to my first job, but there's a lot to learn when you start earning your keep.

You hope your children start off in a good place, with people who understand they are learning and are willing to teach.

Nothing's guaranteed in the work place.

I was fortunate that my first job in David City ended up being an experience I still think back to with great memories.

Most of my experiences have been good, so I have been lucky.

There will be lots of competition for jobs there always is and it's a little scary trying to sell yourself to an employer.

It's hard to guess what they are looking for in a new hire, and you never know what kind of an impression you leave with people.

Sometimes you think job interviews go well and a job is not offered. Other times you walk out of the bosses' office thinking you bombed, and you get the call.

All you can do is prepare yourself and present your best self.

Claire and Trevor will do well. They are prepared and ready to move on to a new beginning.

Patrick Murphy, of Humphrey, Neb., is a former managing editor of The Garden City Telegram.