Since deciding on writing this post, I looked around the internet to see what other people had done, and to be honest, there wasn’t a lot about life after university or even university in general. University has finally come to an end – no more lectures, crits and no more deadlines!! HOORRRAAYYY!!
Everyone says that life after uni is harder than student life. I’m personally not struggling YET money / job wise. I say “YET”, as throughout 3 years of university, I’ve managed to somehow learn how to budget money to make it last. Also throughout university I’ve had a part-time job to help along the way too, which I love and enjoy tons!! I definitely recommend getting a part-time job throughout university, as if you’re like me and get homesick quite a bit or even suffer with anxiety, having a job takes your mind off of it and it’s also nice to just go to work having to not worry at all about university. After so many years of studying and making the most of “student life”, I was then faced with that one BIG question:
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO AFTER UNI, AND HOW DO I TACKLE THAT DECISION?
Well, I think that the answer to this is what I call tough, yet simple. It’s tough because it feels like a daunting decision. But, I think it’s also simple because many students have faced the same decision before. You’re not going to be the only one having to make this decision. The most obvious options people consider after university are as follows:
- You could get a job – good for starting your career off or earning some money until the right opportunity comes up.
- You could volunteer your time with a charity – good for building experience and your CV (everyone likes to know you volunteer to do something good.
- You could sign on for another few years at University and continue studying – good for developing greater expertise in a particular area.
- You could pack your bags and head off travelling – good for gaining some worldly experience especially in other cultures.
Just make sure you are happy with your decision. At the end of the day, you need to do what’s right for you and what’s going to help you in the long run with gaining a good profession in the career you want to have. How I decided what to do, is to define what I wanted out of life and a career, listed them all, then looked back through them and defined the paths which would help me become more successful. Some people ask:
IS UNIVERSITY WORTH IT?
Depending on the career that you want. If you’re going just for the party and wild life then don’t get in debt just for an experience of partying and being drunk. If you feel like university is going to benefit your future then definitely go for it. Most job applications that I’ve seen ask for work experience and a BA Hons degree so to better myself, I’ve done the degree. I haven’t yet come across one that asks for a further masters degree, hence why I’m not going to do it, but again, if you feel like it’s going to make an impact in the path you want to follow then go for it.
Throughout 2nd and the end of 3rd year, I was on the verge of a breakdown! I didn’t want to go to university anymore, the workload was too much, my anxiety kicked in, I missed home, and extensions were given, but even if you do feel like your world is tumbling, get back up and keep going! It will all be worth it in the end (I’m hoping)
My conclusion of defining what to do next, is to focus on myself first. After the stress of university, I think I need a well deserved break! Not doing completely nothing, I will still be part-time working etc. But when will I ever get the opportunity to not have full-time work for a year and travel, do some work experience etc. My plan is to get as much work experience as possible in my area of study (graphic design) and just gain some knowledge of different branches of the graphic design world. I want to make sure that at the end of it, I love my job. I want to be able to wake up in the morning and love going to work, but to do that, I need to go around and see what there is out there. Between work experiences or internships, I want to be gaining money still at my part-time job but also do some freelance work where and when I can which will show some independence towards companies when it comes to applying for a job. Obviously if I’m doing some work experience and fall in love with it, then I’m definitely going to go for it, however for the time being, I want to be quite open-minded with it all.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask because I haven’t covered within this post, comment below! Also if you’re graduating soon or have graduated, i’d love to know what your plan is!