End of year is approaching and many of you are awaiting your graduation day when it finally means that you’re free. You’re out in the world to do what you want and as daunting as this may seem, at least you don’t have to write another essay, sit another exam or face anymore deadlines (unless you’re crazy enough to do a Masters of course…).
For those of you who graduate this year, it’s time to think what you want to do with the rest of your life, what jobs you’re going to apply for, where in the world are you going to go.
Here is a list I’ve compiled of some options you can do after you’ve finished university.
1. Internships and work experience
Depending on what line of work you want to do, internships and work experience can be crucial for gaining experience. There are so many opportunities that you can find online if you just look out for it. Graduate Talent Pool is a great place to start when looking for internships. Channel 4 also offer fantastic paid internships that you can find by following their Twitter page or by checking out their website. Go Think Big is a fantastic website for those wanting to go into the media industry to scope through work experience opportunities and the website makes it really easy for anyone to apply. They also offer helpful advice for those looking for jobs.
Just a word of note, unpaid internships are illegal.
Planning to go travelling can be extremely stressful, especially when you have to consider where to go, how much it will cost, what you’re going to do while you’re out there. But it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think. If you sit yourself down with your laptop, a pad and a pen you can create something exciting while not wanting to pull your hair out.
First think about what you want to do while you’re out there: volunteer, work, chill out, have fun… the possibilities are endless but this is what you need to think about first before you plan anything else.
Next, depending on what you want to do, there are several websites that can help you with this:
If volunteering is your thing, there are a few websites that can help you with this, i-to-i, Vso and Real Gap are to name a few. They are all extremely helpful in helping you find what type of volunteering you would want to do and where you would want to do it.
If you decide that you want to go abroad to work, there are loads of websites out there that can be of your interest.
Prospects is the UK’s official graduate careers website, and offers a vast amount of helpful tips for you if working abroad is what you want to do.
For the sunshine or ski slope lovers, Season Workers will help you find jobs specifically according to the type of season you want to work in, whether it be teaching children to ski or working at a summer camp, then make sure you check out Season Workers.
Those of you who don’t entirely know what they want to do abroad, Go Abroad and Jobs Abroad Bulletin are both fantastic websites. They have plenty of options for you to choose from, from interning to teaching abroad, you can scope through their website to find something ideal for you.
Once you’ve found what you want to do while abroad and your destination, you will have to book your travel arrangements and your accommodation, whether it be flights or trains, a hostel or a villa, you must plan it in advance to avoid unnecessary stress.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to build up your CV. If you’re not a fan of travelling but want to volunteer at home, there are several websites that can guide you in that direction and they are extremely easy to navigate and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect volunteer work for you in minutes.
Enter your postcode and your interest into Do-it.org and it comes up with a number of volunteering possibilities for you to choose from. In Falmouth alone, there are over 100 opportunities to select.
Vinspired is directed at young people in particular, their volunteering opportunities range from festivals and big events to student and sport volunteering. They offer a wide range of possibilities for you to choose.
4. Get a job
Applying for jobs isn’t always easy, but here are some steps you can follow when applying for jobs:
Step one: Make yourself the ideal applicant.
Step two: Take time with applications and tailor them accordingly.
Step three: For interviews and assessments – prepare. Know what you’re going into and do your research.
Target Jobs have a fantastic guide to help you when looking for jobs, find them here.
Creative Futures at the Career Hub in The Exchange offer great advice to those looking for jobs after they graduate, you can book an appointment with them of visit them. Find out more on their website.
5. Continue studying
If you choose to further your degree, which is fantastic for building your expertise in a particular subject then you can gain more insight here at Ucas.
It can be daunting when wanting to apply for Master degrees if money is an issue, but there are ways that you can get funding for your further education. You can get help through studentships, bursaries, grants and loans and you may also get help from your employer.
Studentships are bursaries that come attached to specific courses. They can cover both fees and living expenses but can be extremely competitive to receive. Medical and dental, social work and teaching courses can all provide studentships. If you go into a medical or dental degree or a social work course, you may be able entitled to financial help from the NHS which you can apply for here. Teaching Training courses may be eligible for funding depending on what you’re going to teach, which you can find out more here.
And now it’s all down to you, whether you choose to fly to Peru or go straight into becoming a zookeeper, I wish you all the luck in the world!
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