So You’ve Graduated From University, What Now?

So denial is in full swing at the moment, I’m sure I’m not the only one. May 2016 has come round fast and £45,000 in student loans dried up pretty quickly. I could never actually picture the moment I finally finished uni but lo and behold- I’m here!

In the weirdest way, I feel like it can’t possibly me three years since I first moved to Leeds. But at the same time I feel I am a completely different person. I’ve changed so much in the last three years and I’m so grateful for it. University gave me the chance to get out of my comfort zone, and boy did I love my comfort zone, and pushed me into unknown territory. But not its all over *sighs* and its time to move on to bigger and better things (and start to pay that student loan off)!

So what now? First off, DON’T PANIC! Most people have a tendency to panic like crazy and over stress themselves, don’t. It’s normal, and healthy, to worry about where you’ll go next, especially if you’re not sure what you want to do. But take it easy and take things one step at a time.

Do Some Research

Research a few ways you can use your degree. If you’ve done a subject broad like psychology, research a few different ways you can use this. Look at the kinds of skills you’ve been taught like research, analysis and writing and look into jobs that these will fit well with. It might give you a better idea of where you can go after uni and make you feel more excited for it.

Get a Hobbie

It’s a good idea for you to get a hobbie for two reasons. 1) it will help take the stress off when thinking about jobs and 2) it’s good to show employers that you are proactive in your spare time and don’t just enjoy staying in your pjs and watching tv until 3pm.

Intern

Although a lot of bigger companies will advertise their internships, you will find a lot of smaller organisations are willing to have you in either full time or part time for work experience. Either ring up or email some companies, explain your situation and say that you would love the opportunity to come in for some unpaid work experience. I know unpaid isn’t ideal for the future, but showing initiative and the willingness to learn can speak volumes to an employer and help you stand out from the crowd. If you can’t afford to work for free, try interning once or twice a week and working the other days.

Sign Up To Specialist Agencies

This one can be difficult straight out of uni because some of the good recruitment agencies require you have a minimum length of experience. Others will require you do come in for some testing first. Try register with these agencies if you can because they will likely put you forward for more suitable jobs rather than very basic roles not relatable to your degree or career.

Reach Out

Not all jobs available will be on job websites. If you find yourself getting to a dead end with job sites, research some companies that are in the industry you want to be in. Have a look at their online blog or careers section because they might have a vacancy advertised or contact details asking new people to send in their CVs. Its a length process and can be time-comsuming reaching out to lots of different places but it will be worth it because you may find a job that less people have applied to.

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when graduating uni, but stay positive, pro-active and keep trying and eventually something great will come along. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and don’t just wait for something to fall on your lap, this is your chance land a great position!

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