You’ve completed your degree
University is coming to an end and your graduation is just around the corner. But, what next? What are your options post-graduation? We have listed some of your options to help make the transition from student to working adult slightly easier.
Finishing university is a daunting prospect, especially because your life is about to undertake a serious change. This may mean you experience feelings of fear and uncertainty, as you enter the world of adulthood and working life. And you may be unsure what your future looks like as you’ve spent the last few years secure in education.
As a third year with 6 weeks left until I submit my last ever university assignment, I am terrified. Change can be stressful and overwhelming and I’m unsure what my life will look like in 6 months. I have a vague career plan but it’s not set in stone just yet, so I’m feeling uncertain and scared, but also very excited for a new chapter to begin.
Post-graduation you’ll most likely be looking for a job. You’ve acquired a handful of new skills during university, have discovered your specific interests and are equipped with the experience to find a job in your chosen field.
What happens next?
There are a few options to consider post-graduation including:
- Searching for graduate roles. You may be certain about what kind of role you see yourself in, and you might not. Your next job doesn’t have to relate to your university degree if you decided it wasn’t for you. It’s ok if what you thought you wanted to do isn’t actually what you want. Luckily, university equips you with the transferable skills required for most job roles, which is why your final year may focus on employability. It’s worth considering exactly what you want to do and be sure of it before you begin applying for graduate jobs and schemes.
- Find temporary work or internships. These can be a gateway for you to decide what you want to do in your career, especially if you’re unsure about it. These job opportunities allow you to make more concrete decisions about your future by letting you try out new things.
- Continue studying. There’s the opportunity to further your education with a Master’s Degree, a PhD or other post-graduation courses. Further education can be useful for you if you want to study part of your undergraduate at a more specific, detailed level. Some graduate roles may need more higher education to be able to apply, so it depends entirely on what you are studying. It also depends if you want to continue studying, not everyone does.
- Become self-employed. Securing a graduate job is hard, it’s no secret for new graduates, so self-employment might be the route to follow. The High Fliers graduate recruitment report 2018 states “the number of graduates hired by organisations featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers fell by 4.9% in 2017.” Some universities offer schemes and opportunities for you to start your own business venture where you can capitalise on what you’ve learned at university, or continue with a final year project which has potential. For example, Bath Spa University offer funding through their ‘Bath Sparks Award’ which provides funding for an individual’s idea. What are your skills and talents? Think creatively about where your skill set can take you!
- Take a gap year. Taking a gap year (or however long you want it to be) can give you a well-earned break from education. Use this time to explore the world before you begin working full-time. Have you got a list of places you’ve dreamed of going to? Go for it! Although, travelling may not be accessible to everyone, if this is the case it doesn’t mean you have to miss out, you can do something fun too!
What else to consider?
Alongside your career, there’s other things to consider after graduating. You’ll have to assess your living situation once you’ve moved out of your student accommodation. Will you be moving back home? With your parents? A partner? Or alone? Money needs to be considered too, once you start working and earning a wage (depending on how much you earn), you’ll have to start paying back your loan. GOV.UK have information on loan repayments! Some of us having savings, some don’t, but it’s wise to begin saving for the future, even if it’s a small amount it all adds up eventually.
Whatever happens post-graduation, remember you are on your own individual path. Your career route might not look like others and that’s ok. Also, remember Yondur can help find your next career move!