BY Serena Reidy
- So you’ve graduated from university but have no idea what to do next. You have all this free time on your hands with no seminars and lectures to attend. While it may be tempting to binge-watch Netflix and sleep in until midday, it’s important that you start deciding what you’re going to do next. The job application process can be boring and tedious, but fortunately it isn’t your only option. Below we have included a list of some of the things you can do after your graduation.
Masters – Studying for a Masters will enable you to become more knowledgeable about a particular subject and shows employers that you are really dedicated. Courses like social studies, computer science, education, law and physical sciences are good for employability. However, before doing a Masters, you should bear in mind that you will have a load more debt to pay off, and it does mean more studying – don’t just see it as a way to avoid going out into the real world. If you struggled during your undergraduate degree, a Masters probably isn’t the best option.
Work experience – Work experience placements are usually unpaid, but you have to bear in mind that it is very difficult to start earning money straightaway. Completing work experience also looks very good on your CV, especially if you’re looking to go into the media and publishing. Big magazines and television companies tend to only take on people who have done work experience a number of times. As soon as you finish your course, or even before if you have time, make a list of any companies that catch your eye and start applying. It may take a while to get any response, so be patient, and keep your options open.
Update your CV – Bringing your CV up to date is something you should do on a regular basis. You may not have looked at your CV since you finished school, so use the months after graduation as a chance to add any skills or experience you’ve gained in those three or four years. Add your degree to the education section. If you decide to hang around uni for a bit, get your supervisor or a career advisor to check your CV to ensure it’s suitable. Upload your CV to LinkedIn and various job sites to save time and get it noticed by potential employers.
Go travelling –Many people choose to explore the world straight after school, but why not wait until the end of university? Being a graduate is the best time to learn a new language, experience various cultures and meet people from all over the world. Travelling gives you the chance to be independent and discover yourself. When living abroad, you can also relax and unwind before starting your first full-time job. If you don’t have the fund for travelling but it’s something you really want to do, consider being an au pair or teaching English abroad.
Find a graduate scheme – During recent years, graduate schemes have become more and more popular among students, and they are the one of the best ways of getting into your dream field. Graduate schemes also tend to be paid, which makes them more desirable than work experience. Due to this, there is a lot of competition for graduate schemes, so it’s advisable to research the company thoroughly and practice going through interview questions with a friend or member of your family before applying. Graduate Recruitment Bureau, Prospects, Milkround and LinkedIn are just some of the websites that advertise graduate schemes.
Apply for jobs – There is no denying that applying for jobs is a daunting process. However, you will have to do it at some point – you don’t want to be relying on your parents forever, and I’m sure they wouldn’t want that either. If you don’t fancy doing work experience, or are not successful in finding a graduate scheme, don’t be embarrassed to apply to any job, even if the pay isn’t that good. Some money is better than none at all! Whether this job is part time or full time, it’ll give you transferable skills that you can use in the future, and will look good on your CV.