It’s the time of year where the third years start to panic – they’re about to leave uni with a solid two one, and they haven’t thought much further than that. Now, the responsibilities are about to hit home – if you don’t want to live at home with your mum, or share a stinky flat with that guy who advertised for a roommate on Facebook, then it’s time to start looking into your options.
Do a Masters or Further Study
If you love studying, it might be worth continuing at university with a Masters. You can do it for a year or over the space of two part-time, and you’ll further increase your employability. Plus, you can specialise and study something that really interests you, rather than being stuck with a bunch of modules that don’t take your fancy. And of course, the more you know, the more options you have once you leave uni for good. If a Masters isn’t for you, perhaps a teacher training course or some night classes will offer what you’re looking for!
Get a job
You don’t have to start a career right away. Getting a job in retail or being a waitress for a while can give you time to figure out what you want to do next. You could also work freelance and gather some more experience, particularly if you’re looking for an artistic career. Websites such as Upwork and Fivver give you opportunities to sell yourself and show off your skills. If none of that appeals, there’s no reason why you can’t dive headfirst into your chosen career.
You’re young. You have nothing tying you down, and you have the leftovers of your student loan. Take this opportunity to go to the places you’ve always dreamed of. Backpacking is a cheap way to see lots of places, and you can use options such as couchsurfing and working as you go to keep cash in your pocket. Travelling is all about seeing beautiful things and gaining valuable life experiences, so be sure to plan an interesting trip rather than a tour of the party islands!
Do an internship
Before you start a career, you need experience. If you haven’t managed to get any during your time at university, it’s definitely worth doing an internship. Don’t settle for the first one you come across! There are plenty of top notch paid internships going around, so there’s no need to take an unpaid one unless it’s a last resort. Do some research and start applying!
by Hayley Anderton