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Graduated from College? Here’s What You Can Do Next

Graduating from college is an exciting time – you’ve worked so hard to get here, and now your hard work has paid off. But it can also be a stressful time, one filled with uncertainty. Where do you go? What do you do next?

Rest assured that you’re not the first to feel this way, nor will you be the last. Nearly every fresh out of college student has felt the whirlwind of emotions that you might be feeling, and luckily there are a few routes than you can take.

Take a gap year

If you didn’t take a gap year between finishing high school and starting college, now might be the time to. After all, once you step into formal employment, you likely won’t experience this type of freedom again.

If you’re unsure about whether you should take a gap year, see it as a way of setting up your future career. Go overseas and see it as a learning experience. You can expand your knowledge about certain cultures, and even volunteer. Both of these things will impress any possible future employers.

Further your studies

If you’re unsure of what to do next or aren’t qualified for any jobs you’re interested in, you could always study further. This will add something to your resume as well as give you something to do while you try and figure out a game plan for the future.

You can continue your studies wherever you graduated form, or decide to explore a new higher learning institution. This list on Higher Learning Today is sure to give you some options.

Get an internship

Not everyone will want to employ someone who has just graduated and has no valid work experience, but they might be willing to consider giving you an internship. Internships require a lot of work and usually offer little to no pay, but the benefits can be great.

If you really impress the company where you’re doing your internship, they might even offer you a permanent paid position. If not, you’ll have valuable experience for when you apply to other jobs. If there aren’t any internships available, ask around to see if someone will let you shadow them for a few weeks, so that you can get a better feel of what a specific job would require.

Skills development

If you’re not looking to spend another year on gaining another qualification, but you don’t feel prepared to step into the job market just yet, consider skills development. You can usually learn the basics of a new skill within a single course that generally doesn’t last much longer than a few weeks.

You can do it in person, or do an online course. The requirements aren’t very high most of the time, so you’ll be able to apply even if you have no knowledge of the subject you’re interested in. You can focus on computer-related or human resources related things, as these will definitely give you a boost when you’re applying for a job.

Get a proper CV

Whether you want to take a gap year, study, or work, having a proper CV is important. This will be a way of putting all of your achievements together, and it’s always a good idea to have an up to date CV, even if you’re not currently in the job market. You never know who you might run into.

In our current day and age, it’s important to have a CV that stands out. There’s no need to go completely overboard, but adding a few extra touched might make your CV more memorable for possible future employers.


Networking is of the utmost importance when it comes to planning your future career. Everyone knows someone who knows someone, and the more people you know, the better your chances of getting a great opportunity.

Grab every opportunity you can to meet people in your field of interest, and slowly start building connections. In a few years’ time, it just might pay off.

Grab every opportunity

You have to accept the fact that it’s very rare to get your dream job and dream salary right out the gate after finishing college, so have low expectations. You probably won’t be in the position to turn down any jobs for quite a while.

Accept the fact that you might have to start at the bottom and work your way up from there. If you’re willing to grab every single opportunity being offered to you, one of them is sure to pay off eventually.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes

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