Whether you have just graduated or are coming to the end of your studies, finishing university can leave you feeling like you need to have a plan for your future. The good news is, even if you have no idea what to do after university, there are multiple options out there for you to pick from. We’ve put together a list of things for you to consider before deciding what to do after graduation.
1. Take a look at what you enjoy doing the most
University is a time for exploring new things and getting to know yourself properly. While studying, what did you find yourself enjoying the most?
This could be certain aspects of the course you studied, for example a specific module or working as a team for a group project. Or you may have joined a society or club that you liked being a part of. Perhaps the thing you enjoyed most about university was being able to manage your own time outside of your scheduled classes? If you moved away for university, did you thrive in getting to know a new place and create new friendships?
Take a look back at the moments during university where you felt the most enthusiastic and inspired – then pinpoint exactly what it was about those moments that made you feel that way. After that, you can look for graduate opportunities that incorporate those elements.
2. Decide what’s the most important to you
Another way to think about what to do after university is to consider what is important to you.
Is it important for you to stay close to your family or friends, or continue living in the city where you studied? Saving money may be a large factor in what you decide to do next, in which case you should look for graduate opportunities that pay a good wage in areas that are cheaper to live in.
If you are more interested in getting a head-start on your career, through securing a job in a specific industry and gaining workplace skills, this may mean you have to sacrifice on things such as being close to family and friends, saving money or being able to choose where you live.
It may be that what you value most is having a positive impact through what you do after university. For example, would you like the opportunity to contribute to a sector like medicine, education or politics? You could even use your skills to work for a non-profit company, or spend some time volunteering.
Thinking about what is important to you will help you decide what are the ‘must haves’ and what you would be willing to negotiate for your life after university.
3. Consider the opportunities available
Hopefully taking a look at your passions and priorities means you are clearer on what to do after university and are now in a position to look at what the practical next steps are. Luckily, the range of opportunities out there means that there’s something for everyone!
Graduate roles and internships
Are you feeling ready to kick-start your career? Graduate roles and internships are a fantastic way to get your foot in the door. Take a look at the vacancies available through Unitemps.
If you’re still not quite sure what to do after graduation but would like to gain some work experience, pick up extra skills and earn some money – part-time jobs can help you do just that. Unitemps has a range of part-time and temporary positions that you can apply for.
Moving somewhere new
Perhaps you’ve decided that a fresh start in a new place is the right decision for you? Moving somewhere new can be really exciting. There are 18 Unitemps branches in the UK, meaning we can help you secure employment across the country, from Edinburgh to London. Find a branch and register today!
Continuing your studies
Has reflecting on your time at university made you realise that you’d like to carry on studying? A post-graduate course would enable you to continue pursuing your interests and further your knowledge of a particular subject.
If you do decide to return to university, Unitemps can help you find flexible work opportunities that fit around your studies – giving you financial independence while you study.
Working for a charity can be a great way to spend some time after graduating. You’ll be able to contribute towards a cause that you care about and meet like-minded people. You will also gain some extra skills to give your CV a boost when you start looking for paid employment.
4. Refresh your CV
After deciding what to do after university, it’s a good idea to take a look at your CV and make sure it’s up to scratch before you start applying for any jobs.
There are a few things to consider when writing a CV, from how long it should be, what information to include and the overall layout and structure. Take a look at our article on how to write a graduate CV, which includes a list of helpful tips to ensure you make a great first impression.
5. Remember your can always change your mind
Going from university to graduate life is a big transition. During that time, it’s easy to make decisions thinking you would like to achieve one thing, start working towards that goal and then realise you would actually prefer to be doing something else.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry! Trying things out is the only way to determine whether they are right for you. In these situations, it’s best to take a step back, re-assess using the steps outlined above and try something new.
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Last updated on 19 December 2022Share this article