What to do after university

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What to do after university
When you leave college, many choices await you. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

After university, you can apply what you have learned to the job market. Alternatively, you might want to take it easy for a while and see the world. If your appetite for learning is still keen, you can continue being a student. However, there are plenty of other choices for you after university.

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Employment

You might want to get a job, especially if you went to university to gain specific qualifications. Check online and in specialist career magazines for news of jobs in your area of expertise and the area you are willing to work in. There are many specialist magazines available -- Teesside University's careers service provides a list (see Resources). Keep your ear to the ground, and ask friends and family to inform you if they hear of any relevant opportunities. If you get a job, you will start to earn money and can begin building your future.

Travel

Many people travel after uni, either here in the UK or abroad. A lengthy period of study can be quite focused and stressful. Travelling can give you a chance to catch your breath, live life at a slower pace and reflect on what you want to do with your life. You can also learn about other cultures and gain experience in coping with new situations and people. Travel broadens the mind, according to the old saying, and after university is a convenient time for many people. You'll also learn more about yourself, according to Grads.co.uk (see Resources).

Further study

After university you might want to continue studying at another academic institution. Usually, you will have thought about this option well in advance. Gaining further qualifications is likely to add to your employability and eventual salary. However, further study can be expensive in terms of course fees and living costs. You can offset these by taking a part-time job, if you can find one that fits the free time you have available.

Other

You can do voluntary work abroad and thereby combine travel and work while doing something worthwhile for others. You might instead want to start your own business and begin earning the fortune you have always dreamed about. The UK requires many more entrepreneurs, according to Doug Richard, who has appeared on the BBC’s Dragons' Den programme. If you have a talent for entertaining -- or even if you haven’t -- you might want to try your luck on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Several acts have forged moderately successful careers on the back of appearances on the show.

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