So you’ve completed your university degree. An exciting stage of your life awaits you – full of adventure and opportunities. But once you’ve handed your dissertation in, this next stage can seem extremely daunting.
What will you do now? How will you spend your time? If you don’t have a clear plan in place, the prospect of going out by yourself – whether it’s to earn money or to travel can be scary.
To help make this process a little less terrifying, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to achieve. Are you ready to go to work? Do you want to take a break and travel the world? Or perhaps you want to carry on studying and further your education? If you’re still unsure as to which path is right for you, here is some information on four options you can take:
Go travelling on a gap year
Do you want to see the world before you settle into a 9 to 5 routine? Then this could be the perfect opportunity to take a gap year. Often, after completing a university course, students don’t want to dive straight into employment, which is why they decide to travel the world instead.
With so many incredible and safe gap year destinations to choose from, you’ll be able to find the ideal one for your taste and your budget.
Take on an internship
Internships are a great way of getting a taste of what it’s like to work full-time whilst showing that you’ve made use of your spare time. They also indicate to future employers that you’re determined to succeed within the field and that you have valuable experience that you can bring into the role.
Standing you out from the crowd of other candidates, they are an invaluable step to take after university. Similarly to internships, you can take on work experience – lasting one, two, three or more weeks.
Undertake a postgraduate course
If you want to increase the chance of getting a higher role after university, a postgraduate degree is a great way to go. No matter what you’re looking to get into, there is a master’s degree to suit.
For example, if you’ve undertaken a Bachelor's degree in accountancy, it’s the ideal opportunity to take on an online accounting masters degree or course that you can complete in your own time. Alternatively, you can complete it at the university, if you still want to live in that area.
If you want to get into employment but there aren’t any perfect roles for you, consider becoming self-employed. Even though this can seem very daunting as you’ve just come out of university and might feel as though you haven’t got any work experience behind you, it’s a great way of opening up future opportunities and developing the skills that you’ve learnt at university.
Whether you want to start your own freelance writing business, create your own online shop or take another route, becoming self-employed can be a very fruitful start to your career.
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