Straight Outta College: What’s Next?
Summer is over and a fresh group of students are filing campuses everywhere. While freshmen are adjusting to spending the next 4 years in college, upcoming 2016 graduates are getting their mindsets ready for the real world.
So you’re straight out of college. What are the next steps for you? Several options can come to one’s mind, but that doesn’t mean the answer is always crystal clear. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning.
1. Graduate School
Even though you may be ready to put school behind you, it’s never a bad idea to go to graduate school. Continuing your education after getting your Bachelor’s degree has it’s pros. One is in the work force. It always helps to have a degree higher than just your B.A. The more you have under your belt, the more likely you are to get the opportunities you want and even a higher pay. Another reason is the longer you are enrolled in school, the more time you have to start paying off student debts.
The only way to get started in your field of study is to get a taste of what it’s like through experience. It’s also a good way to make sure this is exactly what you want to do. On one hand, it’s easier to find an unpaid internship, on the other hand, having a consistent position with a company can eventually lead to an official position finding yourself on the payroll.
This option isn’t something you should wait until graduation to do, however. Most universities/ colleges have internship credits as a requirement on their scheme. All it takes is a visit with your guidance or career counselor and a touched up resume to explore your options.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from school. Whether it’s a cross-country trip for the summer or exploring the world for a year, getting a breathe of fresh with a change of scenery is good for the soul. You may even find a way to start a new life by working abroad. Remember, being a full time student is a job, so don’t feel bad for wanting to take some time off to recharge your mind.
4. Learn a New Language
So you’re in the field you dreamt of and everything seems to be falling into place. It may also seem like there’s nothing more for you to do, but there is: learn a new language. Nothing is better than being able to put bi-ligual on a resume. So many people don’t see the use of learning something new, which can benefit you. When it comes onto handling international business or even local networking, you’ll be ahead of the game, and will be the one who can do important duties others can’t.
This sounds like a huge step, and it is. However, with the proper preparation anything is possible. Every city is most known for different things, career wise. Political Science students would be perfect in Washington, D.C. New York or California are ideal for art majors. The list goes on. Look into all the major cities to see which one is thriving in your field. Focus on your field of study, find a side hustle to help you financially, and see where hard work takes you.
There you have it. This is your mini Living Civil guide to your post-college lives. Get ready, Seniors! The world is your oyster, so take advantage of it.