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here are things you can do after graduating from college or university. let start
1. Get an entry-level job
Sometimes, the best option after college graduation is to take an entry-level position to gain skills and experience. Even if the job isn’t in your field or something you’re passionate about, a real-world, full-time job will help you build your resume and give you the support you need to plan for your future and prepare to earn your dream job.
2. Go to graduate school
Graduate school is a fantastic option for those who know they need a post-graduate education to meet their long-term career goals. Research graduate programs and schools before applying to make sure you complete a degree that will benefit your intended career.
3. Continue your education
Sometimes, the job you want after college requires more education. Many community colleges offer individual classes to help you prepare for the workforce. Additionally, trade schools can help you gain hands-on skills and qualifications for vocational jobs.
For example, if you were a biology major but want to pursue a different field, like computer programming or graphic design, taking classes gives you a foundation to begin looking for entry-level jobs in that field.
Moreover, these classes are relatively inexpensive, compared to credited courses at four-year colleges, but they still offer valuable, real-life skills.
4. Find an internship
Internships are a great way for recent graduates to gain entry into competitive industries or companies. While internships can pay less than full-time positions, they often result in resume experience, recommendation letters and even full-time positions. Begin searching for internships prior to graduation, so you can immediately begin after graduating.
Although many internships stipulate that candidates must be able to receive college credit to be eligible to work, there are some that don’t require interns to be enrolled in school. Many of these types also happen to be paid, offering monetary compensation instead of the opportunity for credit.
If you’re a recent graduate, there’s a good chance you can find a position that works for you, especially if you are available on a full-time basis. Not only do internships offer valuable work experience, but they are also an excellent way to make connections with potential employers. An internship will also give you solid experience to list on your resume.
5. Teach abroad
Many countries seek native English speakers to teach children and adults the English language. Language schools rarely require the teachers they hire to have a degree in education or even experience teaching. Often, all they need is a bachelor’s degree and a willingness to learn. These job opportunities give recent college graduates the ability to travel, experience a new culture and develop a strong, transferable skill set.
A large number of Americans land jobs abroad each year, and English is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Many people around the world are eager to learn English, whether it’s through group classes or even private lessons.
6. Start your own business
If you have an idea for a great product or a strong passion, starting your own business can be the best way to create your dream job. For example, if you’re passionate and knowledgeable about physical fitness and earned a degree in business, you are well situated to start your own personal training company.
Instead of getting a traditional job after college, why not be your own boss? Consider taking the time to explore the self-employed lifestyle and start your own business.
Whether it’s developing an app, selling crafts online, selling used clothes or furniture online, starting a pet-sitting business, or something else, the skills you learn from your business will certainly be valuable throughout the rest of your career.
7. Take a public service position
A variety of public service organizations exist that provide recent graduates the opportunity to gain new skills with a small stipend while performing a service for the community. Some of these organizations focus on education in low-income areas—both in the United States and abroad—while others perform broader community service in high-need areas. These programs are often a great way to build a strong professional network you can use for job prospecting and references.
8. Find seasonal work
If you’re passionate about a seasonal activity, like farming, consider establishing a schedule of seasonal jobs to accommodate your passion. For example, if you work on a sailboat from the late spring to early fall, consider finding work over the holiday season at a shopping center, where stores often hire additional employees during the busy season. Or, if you’re an avid skier, you might enjoy working at a state or national park leading tours during the warmer months.
If you want a range of colorful, varied positions to add to your resume, pursuing a few seasonal jobs for a year is a fun way to get diverse work experience while also enjoying yourself. There are many types of seasonal jobs, such as positions at ski resorts, beaches, resorts, and cruise ships. If you plan wisely, you can find employment for a full year in this way.
9. Take an apprenticeship
People often associate apprenticeships with vocational jobs, but many industries employ apprentices. While apprenticeships are like internships, they differ in the type of work and depth of mentorship the apprentice has. Often, companies will give apprentices hands-on assignments and real-world problems to solve. They are under the direction of a senior colleague who helps guide and instruct them in the necessary skills and steps to master the job.