Talking about graduation can feel as taboo as daring to mention ‘he who shall not be named’. Unlike Voldemort, however, graduation is an exciting time filled with opportunity and freedom, not death eaters and murderous rampages. Hooray!
Before G-Day arrives there’s so much to prepare for that you probably haven’t had a chance to stop and think about what comes next. You’ll dress up in your finest garms, don a gown and mortarboard and chuck it in the air like you just don’t care for that well-deserved Insta post. Except, when that graduation cap comes crashing back down to earth (along with the dreaded realisation that uni is over) it’s time to start planning your next steps. This doesn’t have to be stressful, however, as there are several routes you can take as a post-grad. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list to highlight the most popular choices graduates make in the mysterious, magical post-student society.
Getting a job
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that getting your dream job upon graduating is about as realistic as averaging 85% (just gimme that sweet, sweet 60, you know?). That is not to say that you must settle for the first agency that comes knocking on your door. Your university careers page and careers fairs are a good place to start. They are by no means the be all and end all to job hunting. Other great websites include Indeed.co.uk, The-dots (for all you creatives), LinkedIn and many more. In fact, scrolling through endless lists of jobs on recruitment sites is just one of several ways you can find a job. Have an ideal organisation in mind? Get emailing! Not only will this force you to research the market, it will show the company that you have a proactive attitude. Winner winner chicken dinner.
Do a Masters
The best advice to be given about embarking on post-graduate study is that you should only do it if you really, really want to. Having said that, if the answer is yes, then post-graduate courses are an amazing way to get valuable, in-depth knowledge on a subject you really care about. Sure, they can cost an extra £9,000-15,000 (eek), but let’s be real, what’s another 10k when you’re already gonna be balls deep in £50,000 worth of debt. The key to nailing this life-path is RESEARCH. There are thousands of courses available to study on pretty much anything. Do some exploring to see what your options are and you’re guaranteed to find the course for you. Wanna see which post-grad courses have the highest employability rate? Check out this handy list.
Move back home and get experience
I’m not talking sipping on gin and reading Kant kind of life experience, I mean actual graft. If you spent most of your degree lounging around on the sofa, only leaving the house to go to the pub, then congratulations, you are part of the other 99% of undergraduates. Now that you’ve graduated, it’s time to pull your finger out and get to work. This might mean moving home and trying out different jobs, work experience and internships to see what floats your boat. Although moving home can feel like regressing, in most cases it means rent will be cheaper or non-existent. This means that without the pressure of bills, you have the advantage of being more selective with what work you choose to do.
Sack it all off and go travelling
If all else fails why not channel your inner zen and bugger off to Thailand. Work in a bar for three months and you’ll have saved enough to fly pretty much anywhere, so why not seize the opportunity and jet somewhere sunnier. Interrail around Europe before we make the biggest mistake of our lives leave the European Union; skydive in Australia and ride a kangaroo. The possibilities are endless (even if your budget isn’t!). Check out Skyscanner for the best deals on flights, or this nifty new app I discovered called Lucky Trip which does all the hard work for you. The world’s your oyster!