Graduates, are you ready for the world of work?

Written by Calvin Bowers

Completing a degree in the current climate is no small feat. The closure of universities in March meant the final term of your studies ended completely different to how you expected. So, what next for graduates?

With the job market being the toughest in years, you may find yourself asking ‘am I really ready for the world of work?’

Firstly, having a degree does not guarantee a job for graduates. Yes, it certainly helps, but it is important to realise that you may not land your dream job role straight away. Many students leave university and end up working in a job they had no inclination of going into, due to the financial burden of searching for employment with no income.

With this being said, it is important to evaluate your options going forward. Many students believe that getting a job is the natural progression after leaving university, but nowadays there are so many opportunities available.

So, what are they?

1. Continue to study

During the 2008 recession many undergraduates decided to stay on in higher education as a way to ‘ride out the storm’. Postgraduate degrees are a brilliant option if you are looking to gain more knowledge and expertise in a certain field or industry. One benefit of doing a postgraduate degree is that you will have be able to specialise within your field to increase the likelihood of getting a job affiliated to that qualification, alongside opening the opportunity to acquire a PhD.

2. Get an apprenticeship

You would be surprised at how many apprenticeships there are these days. It is important to know that they aren’t just for individuals who have just finished school; you can acquire a multitude of higher qualifications, including degree apprenticeships and even apprenticeships that provide you with a master’s or equivalent.

3. Gain further work experience

If you are looking to find a job after university but feel like you don’t have enough experience, why not consider an internship, a summer job or a form of volunteering. All three things allow you to build upon your existing transferable skills and knowledge.

So, what is an internship?

Internships can be paid or unpaid but are essentially a period of work experience ranging anywhere from a week to 12 months. With it reported that 46% of employers offer internships, there is a huge number of opportunities spanning a multitude of different industries. Visit our Internships page to find out more.

What summer jobs are there?

Finishing university at the start of summer provides the perfect opportunity to smoothly transition into a seasonal role. Whether you would enjoy working with kids at summer camps, working in your favourite clothes shop or working in the local café, summer jobs help to expand your experience whilst earning yourself some money.

What volunteering could I get involved with?

Firstly, giving up your time to help a cause is viewed very highly by employers. It shows you are committed to a topic and portrays you as a proactive and considerate individual. When deciding what volunteering to pursue it is important to choose something you are passionate about. You can volunteer in schools, hospitals, community centres, and for specific charities such as Age UK, Cancer Research UK, British Red Cross and more.

What next?

We know that deciding what step to take next can be a daunting process. Therefore, we have compiled a Guide for Students and Graduates to provide you with all the information and tools to make your choice as stress-free and simple as possible.

Last Updated: Friday October 16 2020
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