University might seem like the most difficult part of your young adult life, however, some might find that what happens after university to be the most emotionally taxing and unpredictable. Everyone has their own idea of what is the appropriate path to take once exams are done and graduation is only a few weeks away, but the important thing to recognize is that everyone is different and no course of action is any more correct than another. Some students already know where they want to be within 5 years of leaving school whereas others are feeling out the market before they settle into a position for the next little while. Below are a few things you as a new university graduate can consider doing once you step out into the real world.
- Figure out your passion
Trudging through 4 years of exams and relentless essays might be the easy part compared to figuring out exactly what you want to do with your degree once you have earned it. Some degrees lend themselves to very specific jobs, while others are much broader and leave the door open for you to decide where you want to take them. The good news is that you don’t have to figure that out right away if you feel completely lost once university is over. Instead of jumping right into a job, give yourself some time to figure out your passion and what it is you want to spend your life doing. You might be steered in a certain direction by friends, family and peers, but that doesn’t mean you should commit to a career decision based on that. Dabble in what you enjoy and see if it can lead to a profitable profession that you can work your way into.
- Take a year off
Some students already have a job lined up right after university, while others are taking some time to figure out what it is they want to do. While you will need to do both those things at some point, you can also opt to take a year off to do whatever it is you never had the chance to during your schooling before you find a job you plan to invest your time into. A common choice is doing some traveling with whatever money you have saved up so that you can feel somewhat satisfied before you settle yourself into a cubicle for the next few years. However, if you already have a job that you don’t want to let go of but still want to travel and explore, you can use a virtual data room to stay connected to your coworkers throughout your adventures. Not only can you upload photos for your friends and family to see, but you can also continue to work while you’re traveling and store any confidential company information in your VDR for your colleagues to use while you’re in another country.
- Reevaluate your experience and whether you want more education
You might have come to the decision that once you’re finished your undergraduate degree then you’re out of school and in the workforce, but it can be worthwhile to consider whether or not you would like to pursue some continuing education before you find a career. Your undergraduate degree might not have given you all the specialized tools and skills to use out in the workforce and studying a subsection of your degree more specifically and intently could really help you in the long run when you are applying to jobs. Have a browse of some job postings and consider whether or not you feel prepared and qualified to provide these employers with the skills they need. If not, perhaps doing some extra schooling could benefit you before you take the plunge into a career.
- Curate your lifestyle around what you want to accomplish
Once you’re out of your dorm room or ready to finally move away from home it’s important to curate your lifestyle going forward to what you want to accomplish in your life within the next little while. This can include creating a detailed budget as a means to pay off any student loans as well as find an affordable apartment, or just simplifying the way you’re currently living so that you have the means to pursue whatever it is you want to without worry. Take the time to really establish who you are and the lifestyle you want to live so that you can build a great support system for yourself as you transition into the workforce.