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Graduating!? Now What?


This can be a scary point in life, an ending and a beginning all happening at the same time. Going out in to the “real world” is a big step. If you are graduating from university and are not sure what to do, don’t sweat, many more people than you think are in the same boat as you. So you had big plans to become a doctor, lawyer, geographer, yet now you are finding yourself wondering what is next? How do I get there? Well you came to the right place, here are a few options as to what you can do now that you have graduated from your undergrad!

Apply for a starter job in your career field

Surely, many soon to be graduates are scrambling around looking for a job in the career they went to school for. Why not just put yourself out there and apply! You never know what might happen, there might be something on your resume that helps you stand out or relate with the employers. It is a great idea to just try, do not depend on a call back, but don’t doubt yourself! Posting your resume online is a great way to network yourself, but nothing replaces you personally handing out your resumes. So get out there and go for it!

Go to grad school

Graduate programs are the next step for many students looking to further their education. These days, an undergrad is not enough as the workforce has become much more competitive. A great deal of the population is now attaining an undergraduate degree, meaning employers expectations are rising. Research graduate programs in your field and find a good fit for you. Graduate programs are much more specific, therefore it is important to know what field you want to go into before going.

Go to college

Diploma-Degree combos are the up-and-coming form of education. The idea that you can get the level of education from a university, matched with the hands on experience, all while studying at a college is what employers appreciate today. No longer do undergraduate degrees put you a step above the rest, you need to get some experience. That way, when you go out into the workforce you are able to say “I know how to do that,” not  “I have read how to do that.”

Travel

Why not?! Traveling can be a great experience, not only a fun activity, but you can learn a lot about yourself when doing so. This might be the only time in your life that you will get to travel, you are not working and are not in school. Less responsibility means you can do something for yourself. Yes, you may have a lot of debt from school, but there are cheap ways to travel. Couch surfing, staying in hostels, and doing home swaps are all ways to get cheap, even free places to stay!

Volunteer for a year

Volunteering looks great on your resume. Yes, it is basically work without being paid but if you find yourself unsure of what you want to do in life or are unable to find a job, this may be the right choice. It is a rewarding option and you get great experience that employers love to see on your resume.

What are some of your plans? Feel free to share yours in the comments below.

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