A lot happens after graduation, many graduates are torn between what is the next thing for me and where do i begin from here… Once you graduate the world’s your oyster but figuring out what to do next can be a daunting prospect. Take a look at some of your post-university options that might interest you
After spending four or five years studying, adjusting to life after university can be tough. Your graduation ceremony signifies the end of an era and the start of something new but you may be left wondering, ‘what next?’.
There are a number of different routes to take as you contemplate what to do after university and everyone’s journey will be different.
Get a graduate Job: You need to put yourself out there to get noticed so work on building contacts with industry professionals. This can be done through work experience, attending networking events such as careers fairs and through your social media channels. LinkedIn has developed into a recruitment, as well as a networking platform, so if you’re not on it, you could be missing out.
Finding a job can take a while. But you should be careful not to allow a gap to develop on your CV, as potential employers may question it later at interviews. If you’re struggling to find a job straight after graduation fill your time with internships, volunteering or part-time work.
Become Self-employed: Sometimes you need to think outside the box a little. If you’re struggling to find your dream job why not create it yourself by setting up your own company? Perhaps you have a great business idea or believe that your final-year project has commercial potential. If so putting your entrepreneurial skills to the test could be a smart move.
If you have the confidence, tenacity and business acumen to get your organisation off the ground, here are some of the advantages to self-employment:
- independence and autonomy – to make your own decisions
- control – over who you work with and the type of work you do
- freedom – to work when you like on projects that make your heart sing
- flexibility – to fit work commitments in with family and other interests
- opportunities – to build a portfolio of activities funded by different sources and to respond to ideas and proposals as you see fit.
Pursue Post Graduate Study: An alternative option is to return to university to study at postgraduate level, a route that many have found incredibly rewarding. However, you’ll need to make sure you are doing this for the right reasons.