What should I do after I graduate?

The graduation season of 2021 is in full swing.

We wonder if you have booked or had your graduation ceremony yet. Are you going in person or joining online? Have you invited all your friends and families to celebrate this phenomenal moment with you?

There are so many things to think about whilst graduating. You might not even get the time to think about what’s next.  So, we have collected our team’s experiences to help you figure out your next step after graduation.

In this blog, we have a number of resources to help you decide what route you can take, including:

  1. Sharing the experience of our RRS family
  2. How to plan your career
  3. Ways to search for a job
  4. Taking a gap year
  5. Pursuing further education

Sharing our graduation experience

We understand that making decisions is time-consuming, and most of us will experience the feeling of not knowing where to start. It can be overwhelming, as this next step is a big decision that will start the next chapter of your life.

The first thing that we did is speak to our team about their experience. Asking them questions so that you can learn what they had been through. We have collated written answers, Video and a Podcast. So you can learn in the way that best fits you!

We hope that their stories can enlighten and inspire you on your way to make your decisions after graduation.  We asked them:

  1. What and why did you pursue your degree or course?
  2. How has your degree supported your career choice?
  3. Are you happy with the choices that you have made / Did you find the jump from education to a career difficult?
  4. What advice would you give to current graduates?
Our teams’ experience:
Zaakirah Graduation Story (You can see more on our Youtube channel)

Maxine Graduation Story (You can listen more on our Spotify channel)

Jouel Potter, our Division Manager of Construction, undertook a BSc in Psychology and graduated in 2010, here is his experience:

Initially was a joint course of Sports Studies and Psychology but had a choice in year 2 to pursue full Psychology of which I did

Initially, I didn’t think that my degree would help. But, after working in recruitment I have discovered that it helped me to understand how people think and I can best support them with their journey.

Yes, I am happy with the choices made and yes initially the jump from education to career was a long process, but that wait/lack of opportunity was the reason I fell into Recruitment and look at me now!

My advice would be: Have a plan of action and smash it regardless of setbacks. If there are no opportunities, then create one!

Matt Smith, our Recruitment Consultant, undertook BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and graduated in 2015. here is his experience:

This degree was my main interest and passion.

Didn’t end up supporting my career directly, maybe more so in terms of analytical skills and proving my dedication to succeed/see things through. Gave a slight progression between A levels to developing career.

Personally, lack of career guidance when finishing University was a bit of a shock and was very competitive to get a job ‘in the real world’. This is where graduate roles are ideal to start out in.

I would advise you to look towards the future whilst making decisions and look for somewhere where you can progress/make a career.

After learning about their stories, you will find that everyone has their own methods to figure out the next step. You might feel a bit of pressure when you see people pursuing different paths. But the most critical part is that finding your own rhythm in taking your next opportunity.

There will be uncertainties and confusion when you plan for your future. However, things will work for you, just like what happened to our RRS family.

After learning about our experience, it could be a perfect time for you to think about what your career will look like.

Preparing for your career.

Creating a career plan will help you navigate through obstacles and keep track of your progress. You can look into the five stages that we created for you regarding the career planning process.

Ways to search for a job

There are several ways that you can find employment, next we will show two key ways that graduates can enter the world of work:

Job fairs

Whilst creating your career plan, you might want to participate in job fairs.

Many universities, employers and recruitment agencies run events like these to help showcase what opportunities are available. Making them an excellent opportunity to explore the job market and have a brief idea of what employers are looking for.

We have included all the upcoming job fairs for you to find one to attend:

  1. https://www.ukcareersfair.com/events
  2. https://le.ac.uk/career-development-service/festival-of-careers (University of Leicester Festival of Careers 2021)

Temp jobs on our website

Perhaps you tried the job fair route and only find permanent jobs that didn’t suit what you were looking for.

You could try working a temporary or contract job. Try to find a role with the employers and industries you are interested in. These are a great way to compare and assess if the company culture, working environment and job responsibilities meet your requirements.

You can get more information and find the currently hiring ones from our website: http://bit.ly/RRSJobs

Another route that works well for graduates is trying internships and placements. These are sometimes included as part of the degree. However, if not, they are great opportunities for you to try a career that matches your degree.

Recruiter Tip

If you cannot find something that matches your degree, don’t worry! When applying to work, focus on what transferable skills you have that will work with the role.

Taking a gap year

Like we mentioned above, every graduate or former graduates have their own journey. So don’t worry if your route is different to your peers.  

Just focus on a path that syncs with your rhythm. For example, you could look to take a gap year after you graduate.

Gap years are a great way to:

  1. Learn about the world before you start your career.
  2. Gain work experience for any possible roles like teaching or volunteering.
  3. Build your transferrable skills and become more confident and independent.

Pursuing further education

You might decide that you do not want to enter the working world just yet.

In which case, you might look to pursue further education. Such as a Masters, PhD and even other online courses that might help you take your next step. There are a number of reasons why this is a great route to take, including:

  1. Help you change your career direction if it does not match your degree
  2. Enhance your knowledge and skills for a particular profession

In summary

It is okay that you haven’t figured out what you are going to do next. And it’s also okay that you have planned all your future.

The things to keep in mind are being brave and be willing to try new opportunities! Even if it does not take you the direction, you thought you were going. You have time to sail through the sea of possibilities.

As professional recruitment services, we are here to bridge you to the opportunities that are available. Offering support and guidance throughout your career.

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