Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo

For some students, graduation is probably the happiest time. After years of hard work, they are finally free to go and choose their own life path. Usually, they have a clear vision for the next couple of years: entry-level jobs in dream companies, moving to their very own flat, getting engaged, perhaps. However, there is a great number of graduates that have no idea what to do next and experience anxiety due to uncertainty about the future. Now that graduation is right around the corner, I decided to list some ideas to help you to figure out your next step.

Take a gap year

I believe this is not the most obvious or preferred option for a recent graduate but I still want you to know that you have this option. Let’s be realistic; many of recent graduates have little or no idea at all what they want to do with their life. A gap year is a perfect opportunity for exploration and soul searching. In most cases, graduates use their time to travel and experience life while developing important skills (such as communication and problem-solving). No pressure, though. There is no rules how you should spend your gap year.

Volunteer or Land an internship

Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience and add couple lines in your resume. Internship is a great option, too, if you already have some idea what you would like to try. This is a great way to have a foot in the door in competitive industries. Sometimes, either volunteering or completing an internship can lead to a paid position within the organization or a full-time job elsewhere. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings during volunteering or doing your internship. The experience will help you to discover some professional and personal strengths, values and preferences.

Continue your education

There are many reasons to continue education after graduation but try to think about your personal one. Sometimes graduates are not satisfied with their degree and want to start a new career in a completely different field. Sometimes the companies that you want to work with require higher level of education. On the other side of spectrum, you can find graduates who continue their education out of love towards the chosen area even though they have no intentions to work there. Taking this path will inevitably postpone the transition from academia to employment, so consider this step thoroughly before you apply for MA degree or any other professional course.

Get an entry-level job

Yes, that is an option too. Your new entry-level does not have to be your dream job or resemble your future career goals in any way. It is completely okay to work in fields unrelated to your degree. Maybe you accept the position out of necessity to pay bills or just because you already have previous experience in a similar role.

The stress and struggle with your transition is real. During this journey you will notice that whatever works for your friend does not necessarily work for you. No rush or pressure. Whatever you choose, remember to do you.

My name is Diana and I am an English major at the University of Helsinki. Love books, writing and studying languages.
Similar Reads👯‍♀️