Graduating From College? What Comes Next!
It’s the middle of summer, and that means students are graduating from college/university all over the world. There are millions of people that are getting ready to step out into the real world for the first time.
For graduates, figuring out what to do, after college, can be difficult. So, here are three options for you to think about:
Look For A Job
For me, the whole purpose of college is to get the skills and knowledge required to help in the real world. You spend at least three years studying, before finally graduating with your degree. Now, it’s time to go job hunting. Take a look at online listings and see what jobs are on offer at the moment. Then, compile a CV that makes you stand out from the crowd.
I must note that finding a job can be easier said than done. Some people are on college courses that lead to a job straight away. Then, there are others that have to go through weeks and months of searching. But, stick with it, and you’ll soon have your foot firmly on the career ladder.
Become A Business Owner
The next option you have is to take your career into your own hands. Instead of looking for job applications, why not start your own business? There are loads of people that finish college and think this is the best option for them. And, if you have a business degree, then it makes it all the more convenient for you. No doubt you gained the knowledge to know how to go about things.
But, even if you don’t have a business degree, it’s still more than possible for you. All it takes is an idea. Perhaps your years in college got you thinking about something that could make lots of money? Once you have your idea, then you can set the wheels in motion. Develop a proper business plan that goes into as much detail as possible. Then, you have to start financing the idea. There are sites like BusinessLenderMatch that let you apply for a business loan. Get a loan, then get your idea off the ground. After that, you’re ready to spend on what you need and get your company up and running. It’s a great idea for someone that wants to be their own boss and is confident of success.
Take A Break
The third option is that you ignore both previous options and take a break from everything. Many people put their careers on hold after college. They go travelling and explore the world for a few months to a year. This can be a great way to recharge your batteries after years of hard work and studying. And, you never know, you may find your dream career while abroad.
The downside is that you may enjoy it so much and put off work for even longer. Before you know it, you’ve taken two years out and are struggling to find a permanent job.
My advice is to look at all three options and decide which one is best for your career.
By Margaret Buj and I specialize in helping professionals get hired, promoted and earn more.
In my 10 years of international recruitment experience, I’ve interviewed thousands of people across Europe, Middle East and the US and over the last 8 years of running my coaching practice, I’ve successfully helped hundreds of job seekers gets the jobs or promotions they really wanted.