A quarter life crisis in so many cases begins in the years right after finishing university (or college for our American readers). Unless you’ve already teed up a job, the path to life after uni is usually not going to take a normal path. I have plenty of friends who have finished their university degrees but are still working crappy jobs, despite their qualifications. Personally, I took a different higher education route. I worked full-time and then decided to start studying part-time while I worked so I’m still part of the way through my degree. Although, once I finish my degree I have no idea what I’ll be able to do and what job I will be able to get.
So how do you begin your life after uni? There are so many options, and these are just a few to help you decide what it is you can do, and should do.
After finishing and entire 3 or more years of studying, it might seem like deciding to study more seems like the end of the world. The are plenty of reasons to take up postgrad study like the academic challenge, but also to improve their knowledge, further increase their chances of employment or to progress their career.
The first thing you need to do is decide what you want do get out of further study? PhDs give you a edge and professionalism in research, while masters and diplomas are linked to specific careers and will give you a boost up your employment potential. You will need to research a few coursed and decide which is best for you depending on what you want it to do for you.
Internships are generally a great idea for post university employment. They can get you a foot in the door at a company that you love, but there are some cons to taking an internship. A lot of internships are only one or two days a week and are usually unpaid or low paid. They also don’t guarantee a job at the end of the contract. That being said, while an internship is a job, your focus should be on learning from on the job training and further education.
Take a Gap Year
A lot of people take a year off after high school before going to uni, but can you risk it after you finish uni? The great thing that travelling gives you is real-life experience. It might not be work experience, but it can mean a damn lot more than that sometimes. Travelling can help you see things from a different perspective, something that relates back to the workplace and can come in handy for dispute resolution. Most people are worried about what their resume looks like with a huge gap. My advice? Say you were gaining invaluable life experience.
Work Casually Until You Find a Graduate Job
This is surprisingly what a lot of people do, especially if your degree is for an industry which has a surplus of qualified professionals. Find a job that is as close to your chosen profession as you can, at least then you can use it on your resume. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with working at Coles while you find a postgrad job, just make sure you make the most of it while you’re there.
Change Your Career and Do Something Different
Gone are the days where you found one job you liked and stayed at the same company for 40+ years. Most people actually change their profession at least twice in their lifetimes, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with switching things up. If the only way you can stomach going to work everyday is by doing something completely different, then take the leap and go for it.
What do you plan on doing when your start your life after uni?