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You’ve Finished Your Degree…Now What?

You spent four years slogging it out through exams and coursework. You managed to slip through hell week in fourth year completely unscathed, and now you finally have your hands on a college degree. The day has finally arrived, and you can’t believe it. You beat college…now what? It’s a good question, and it’s one that many people struggle to answer because you’re at a crossroads now and there are a number of different paths you can take. So, let’s look at some of the options of what you can do now that you have finished college.

You've Finished Your Degree...Now What?

Take A Gap Year Or Two

You shouldn’t get the wrong idea here because a lot of people are under the false assumption that a gap year, taken after or before college is literally a waste of time. Don’t be so sure though because a gap year can provide you with a wealth of unique experiences that employers would love to see on your resume. Okay, if you spend a gap year sitting on the sofa binging Netlflix and eating doritos yes, it’s a waste of time. But if you aim to be bold with your gap year and do something worthwhile like working with a charity or building houses in Africa that’s different. You’re bound to pick up some qualities or experiences that will prove to be useful in a future career.

If you’re interested in taking a gap year, there are plenty of organizations that can help you arrange this.


Take A Post Grad

We’re sorry to tell you that one degree isn’t really enough these days. You need at least two, and most people aim for three! Hopefully, you’ll move on from your first degree to your post grad with or without a gap in between. There are plenty of postgraduate university courses online to explore, and some will definitely fit with what you have already studied. There is another benefit of getting your post grad as well. It opens up jobs with higher pay levels and further opportunities for promotion.

Some people do struggle with post grads as they tend to be more based on independent work as well as several large assignments rather than multiple exams. However, in many ways this will prepare you for the world of business with tighter deadlines and more pressure to perform well.

Set Your Own Course

Of course, another option would be to forget about preparing for the office and instead set your own path. One of the ways you can do this would be to set yourself up as a blogger. With a blog, you’ll be able to share your information, your experiences, your thoughts and feelings and hopefully, gain interest from readers. Or, you can use it to showcase a portfolio of your work that could gain you interest from notable people in your chosen industry. It’s never a bad idea to do this because it will separate you from the rest of the crowd or eager leavers, fresh on the job market.

We’ve given you the options, but which route will you take now you’re finished with college?


About the Author
Da Vinci, Editor in Chief of Your Life After 25, has carved out her own position as a Realistic Optimist, and modern day Renaissance woman. Your Life After 25 is the women's magazine for all women, but we put a spin on things and also make sure to embrace life for ladies over 25. Whether you're 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 or older we have something for you! Your Life After 25 "Believe It Or Not, It Does Go On"
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