You have spent the last three or more years studying for your degree, passing all of your exams, and completing all of your coursework. Your time at university has come to an end, and it is time to consider what you want to do next.
After the graduation festivities are over and the honeymoon period has worn off, you may find yourself unsure of which trajectory to follow. Okay, some people you know have already landed a graduate job, but there is no disgrace in not having a firm plan for your future in place. Here are some ideas for how to begin the next phase of life.
Look for a Graduate Job
If you are fortunate enough to be offered an internship during your studies, this could be one way to jumpstart your career right away. If that isn’t possible, don’t worry; getting a graduate job can also help you get started in your new career.
It makes no difference whether you work full-time or part-time; either choice will provide you with useful knowledge and allow you to build relationships with employers who may offer you a position. If education is a career path you want to pursue, you could look into the Teach for America program.
Whether you choose to have a short holiday, go traveling for an extended period, become a volunteer or earn while you travel, you are making a great choice. If you are looking for something that will give you a real sense of achievement, taking time off is one way to really feel like you have accomplished something. It might sound clichéd but there really is s nothing better than feeling proud of yourself when you come back home after having traveled somewhere amazing.
You do not necessarily have to take months off – even just two weeks away could help you get over any jet lag and allow you to fully appreciate what you saw.
Carry on Your Education
If you can’t bear to say farewell to your studies, perhaps it is not the time to leave? Postgrad education is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not required for some careers, but if you have done your research and determined that you could improve your employment prospects by doing the additional studying, go for it.
If you are not sure if you can afford another level, see if you can get any grants or scholarships to bring down costs.
Start Your Own Business
If you do not want to jump on the nine-to-five hype train, why not go it alone and be your own boss? You will need a compelling business idea, so seek advice from family members or friends who have started their own successful businesses. When you are self-employed, you have to keep track of all your incomings and outgoings, among other things.
There is a plethora of info available for people who want to start their own business; all you have to do is do your research. Your university may be able to point you in the right direction and even provide you with a start-up bursary. Also, keep an eye out for free lectures, talks, and courses aimed at young entrepreneurs, as these will provide an excellent opportunity for networking.