It’s OK to not have a plan after uni

The Growing Up Guide thinking woman girl student

Are you about to finish or have you accomplished your degree, and suddenly had that realisation that you don’t know what to do with the next chapter of your life?

I’m currently in that situation now, about to approach my very last semester of my degree at the University of Wolverhampton.

There are a variety of options after you graduate that you can consider. These include getting an entry level job, becoming self-employed, pursuing a postgraduate degree or taking a gap year.

These opportunities are great for helping you to develop a range of skills that can help boost your C.V and can make you more employable in the future.

Becoming self-employed can help you to develop more recognition, you are able to be flexible and have more freedom over decisions and taking a gap year can demonstrate good organisation and planning skills, and help you to gain independence.

But don’t feel like you instantly have to decide on one of these options.

Pursuing a postgraduate course is great if you have a real desire to study a particular aspect of your undergraduate course. However if you’re undecided, it may not be a risk worth taking, as they are expensive and they are often unnecessary for certain jobs.

After a busy few years of studying, it’s okay to feel unsure about what to do with your life and here are some reasons why:

You’re still young

It may feel like it’s best to instantly accept the first job you get offered, but allow yourself time to decide on what “you really want”, rather than “what’s easiest”.

Gain some more life experience and/or if you already have a part time, save up some more money and wait till you’ve decided on what you really want to do.

Don’t panic, you’re not alone

Don’t get yourself stressed and anxious about feeling hesitant of your life decisions. There have been/are many other students who are in the same situation.

Speak to your family, friends, lecturers and University Career services and see if they help give you some advice and guidance!

You’re allowed to take a break

Many of you, like myself, will have gone from school, to college/sixth form and then straight to University, without a break from education.

Go travelling, focus on your hobbies, allow yourself time to relax and develop more life skills, and then later weigh up your options and decide where your interests lie.



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