So, you’ve done it! You’ve completed your degree and it’s now time to think about what the next steps are…
It might first seem like a shock to the system if you have to move back home and no longer live with your flatmates, have to live by the rules of your parents and not see your university friends every day. But, there’s LOTS to look forward to!
We’ve put together some top tips on surviving life after university, take a look!
- Enjoy a break
You’ve worked hard over your time at university so recharging your batteries after handing in all of those assignments will allow you take time to really think about what you want to do next.
- Update your CV
Even though you’ve finished your degree at Newman you can still access the Careers Service for three years after you graduate! They’re there to help you and hold numerous events throughout the year. The Careers Service can assist with CV writing amongst many other things, visit the careers service page for more information. Remember to blow your own trumpet and for everything you write about your education or work experience ask yourself the question ‘what does this show?’ – does it show your communication skills? your organisation skills? or anything else?
- Consider your options
Employment isn’t the only option straight after university. Many people take the opportunity to go travelling before settling down into a career and others consider a postgraduate degree if they’ve caught the learning bug, it’s completely your choice.
- Search for jobs
Looking for suitable jobs can take time, so be patient. Don’t expect the perfect job to fall at your feet and don’t be disheartened if you get a few setbacks, they’ll make you even more determined to succeed! The great thing is you’ll have a degree AND work placement experience which is a great advantage.
- Don’t apply for everything and anything
Sign up to receive notifications of jobs in areas you are interested in but DO NOT apply for everything and anything. If you do this, recruiters may feel that you’re happy to take any job that they offer you. Assess what you really want from a job: location; salary; responsibilities; industry and then apply.
- If you can’t find a role in your chosen field, volunteer!
Sometimes it can be difficult to find your ideal role straightaway so try and find extra work placement opportunities, volunteer in the field you’d like to work – it shows that you’re committed to the industry you’d like to work in.
- Not sure what you want to do? Don’t panic!
Not everyone knows exactly what they’d like to do once they finish university and that is completely okay and normal! If you’re not sure then make some notes about things you’ve enjoyed whilst at university and speak to a careers adviser about different job options. Just remember the first job you get will more than likely not be the industry you end up spending your career.
- Start saving
Now you can’t rely on your student loan, it’s time to start budgeting and using your money wisely. Now is as good a time as any to open a savings account and starting putting a small amount away each month – you’ll be thankful when it comes to the big milestones in your life such as moving into your own place!
- Take the time to develop some other skills
If you’ve not yet learnt to drive or you’ve always wanted to do a photography course or anything that you want to try your hand at, now is a great time to try it! It’ll all help with your CV and help to develop your confidence.
- Keep in touch with your friends
The people you have spent your time at university with might live quite a distance away from you but it’s great to be able to keep in touch. Arrange reunions in the summer to get together, they’ll be a welcome break from the job search!