Ready to sail into a new part of your life after reaching a huge milestone, but the hustle of the graduation ceremony and final exams kept you busy thinking about the afterlife? In case you have already started to panic about what to do, first of all, calm down, take a deep breath and read the following tips on what to do after graduating from University.
Heading into an entirely new adventure gives all of us shivers, but can cause a lot of stress, as well. You might find yourself struggling to find a job. Maybe a job opportunity makes you realise that what you have studied isn’t really what you want to dedicate your life to. Changing fields is not a bad thing. Change is for the better! However, all of these steps are totally normal, that surely everyone goes through. Checking through the following options can serve as a perfect guide to give your ideas a push.
Volunteer in a foreign country
Instead of looking for a real nine-to-five job, start checking out some volunteer options. A great way to spend your gap year is being a volunteer. That not only gives something to the common good, but you gain an incredible amount of experience combined with nice people. If you are thinking of either a short or long-term volunteer service, try EVS. The European Voluntary Service is an affordable way to explore new places. Fancy saving turtles in Turkey or working with kids in Barcelona? EVS is for you.
Do an internship program
For many, an internship is a door to starting their career. It will definitely raise the value of your CV. If you’re looking to boost your CV even more, then maybe try out to apply to an International Internship. Being an intern for a certain amount of time (it can be from 3 months to 6 months, and if you keep up the good work, you might be able to stay there) is also possible through an Erasmus + program since it offers its applicants chances right after graduation. Keep it in mind that applying for such a scholarship can be beneficial for those who are accepted to a non-paid internship.
Do a course to earn an extra qualification
Your degree doesn’t seem to be enough and you feel the need to extend your knowledge in a different field? To make job-search an easier run, you can keep going on with taking a short course and get a qualification, for instance, as a hairdresser. Your kindergarten dream was to sew clothes or become a chiropodist? It’s time to go for it. Since you are a freshly graduated student, your brain is still settled in learning which makes memorising things easier.
Start a blog or a vlog
You have always wanted to write a blog about your favourite film genres? Or simply been eager about telling people your best advice on studying abroad in a visually appealing video, but never had enough time for that? Having the right amount of spare time after graduation is a good opportunity to open a readable blog or a video that’s a feast for the eyes.
Write down your ideas in the notebook you saved during the university years and plan the next publications. Having a blog or a video channel adds more colour to your CV and helps you relax from the hustle and bustle of college life.
Work at your university
Many universities offer internships or entry-level and part-time jobs for their late and freshly-graduated alumni. It’s worth looking for such options on the website of your department well before graduation and applying for them to save the place. Working at your university not only gives you engagement and an extra experience that you can write on your CV, but can also lead you to a future university career.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned tips can motivate you and boost your ideas on which way to go. However, it’s important to keep in mind that hardships are only temporary. Don’t think too much. Go out and take action.
Enikő Kiss is an Art Theory and Art History student currently studying as an Exchange Student at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Born and raised in the south-east of Hungary in a family with artistic intentions, she has tried many means of art (starting from 11 years of dancing through fashion to films). Besides showing special interest for design theory as well, the love for languages led her to start writing in English, so that her ideas and thoughts can reach more people.