New Grads: Next Steps After Graduation

Once you’ve walked the stage, celebrated with friends and family, and received your diploma in the mail – now what? If you are a recent college grad, you have a few different options to decide on your next step.

Graduate School.

Depending on your field, it may be a smart option to consider graduate school. Do some research by reading and analyzing articles and information as well as by asking those in your field for their opinions. Some jobs require a graduate degree, some pay more, and some will actually consider you overqualified with a graduate degree. It all depends on your industry as well as the specific types of jobs you are considering.

It is also important to remember not to go to graduate school simply to avoid making a decision about your future. Going to graduate school instead of making a firm decision may end up being more costly and less helpful than anticipated.

The Job Hunt.

If you are going straight into the work force, be sure to fully research each part of the process! Brush up on your resume and cover letter writing skills, practice answering interview questions, and search for listings to apply for. Remember, it’s a lot easier to hunt for a job when you have a clear goal, so take some time in the beginning of your search to define what type of job you are seeking. What is your eventual career goal and how can you get there?

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities.

Some internships will accept recent grads as well as current undergrads, so if you are still exploring career options, you may try out an internship or a volunteer opportunity. These experiences help fill your resume as well as provide a venue to try out different things. Internships can also be a great way to get your foot in the door at a company you are interested in.

Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishment.

Don’t forget to take some time to celebrate and recognize your accomplishment! College is not easy and completing your degree is a big achievement.

After some research, you should be able to tell which direction you want to head in after graduation.  Take some time now to explore your options to avoid aimless job searching.