Life after graduation is full of exciting experiences but it comes with its challenges. You may consider continuing education by enrolling in a postgraduate programme, or you could choose to explore the world. This post will provide you with some insight into the reality of life after graduation, including how to cope and what you can do to jumpstart your career.

You Can Travel The World 

If you are an avid traveller, you can explore the world now that you are free of the obligations of education.  The world truly is your oyster because you can visit all the locations you’ve always wanted to see but haven’t been able to because of time and money constraints associated with being a student. When you return, you will have gained new abilities that will help you advance in your career. Travelling abroad may also help you develop your character and figure out who you are before you enter the actual world of employment.

Take A Gap Year

A post-university gap year lets you take a year off after completing your degree to do whatever you want with your time. You can use this opportunity to save money for a holiday or the next step, such as a postgraduate degree.

Look At Graduate Jobs

When students finish their degree, graduate programmes are generally their first contact. They allow you to improve your abilities in a company-based setting, with a goal to attain in each section of the programme. These schemes allow employees to develop and progress within the organisation. There are several employment sectors and areas that offer these programmes, so check out sites like Prospects, Bright Network, Indeed, and LinkedIn, to mention a few. Due to the sheer number of applicants, most schemes have cut-off points and short application deadlines. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t accepted into a scheme; there are lots of alternative possibilities, such as applying for junior and entry-level positions. Also, in most cases, these programmes will accept applicants who have been out of university for up to three years, so you may be accepted into one in the future!

Look For An Internship

Internships are excellent methods to develop your talents and get experience in the workplace. It is the initial point of contact for graduates who want to work in the creative or practical fields. These internships are for a certain length of time ranging from a week to a year. It can greatly improve your employment prospects because employers like to see that you have prior experience in the industry before applying for permanent positions. This internship will allow you to test out the field to determine whether it is a good fit for you.

Be Prepared To Not Get Your Dream Job Right Away

Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you don’t find a job. You may not find your ideal job immediately as it is unrealistic. You will develop and progress, and the appropriate employment will present itself at the proper moment.

Become Self Employed

If you want to be your own boss, going self-employed is the way to go. Perhaps one of the methods via which you earned money while studying, like selling vintage clothing on Depop, is rapidly expanding. Why don’t you take this a step further and turn it into a business? Remember that becoming an entrepreneur requires a lot of effort, so make sure you have the motivation and financial resources to accomplish it.

Browse Postgraduate Study

Continuing education through postgraduate study may be an option for some graduates. Consider postgraduate degrees, such as master’s degrees, which can help you advance your education or change your career path. Perhaps you might pursue a Master of Teaching degree, which permits non-teaching degree holders to train and certify as instructors.

Make Sure That Continuing Education Is Right For You

Continuing education is an investment, so be sure it is a good fit for you. Only consider postgraduate options if you have the finances, as postgraduate student loans will not cover your tuition and living expenses. Only do this if you love studying or believe it will help your future career chances.

Engage In Networking

When you become a graduate, networking is critical. It can introduce you to opportunities that you would not have discovered otherwise. Being engaged on LinkedIn is a simple method to network. Make use of your university’s alumni service to find graduates who work for firms that interest you. Another option is to use your current contacts, such as friends, former classmates, and family members. There are also networking events conducted in major cities where you may meet like-minded people.

Be Confident In Yourself

Never question what you’re doing or the position you’re in right now. You’ve come so far, so whatever you’re doing now is the correct thing for you and will lead you down the road you need to continue your professional and life journey.


Whether you start your own business, take a gap year, or pursue continuing education through postgraduate study. The Student Pocket Guide is certain that you will thrive in the future as a graduate!