Looking Back | My Advice on What to do After Graduation

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University-graduatesGraduation was a big deal in my family. My mom went to Michigan University in the United States and really (really) wanted us to go to uni and graduate. So I did. I remember, after four years of study – all the excitement of graduating passed and– like many people– I was left wondering: what next? While you are studying, your path is clear and you know where you are heading (the next class, the next exam, the next semester). After graduation, there are countless possibilities and options, and no matter what you choose to do, it’s wise to be clear about your expectations and ambitions and to plan for your future.

Is This the End of Your Study?

Some people know that their graduation represents the end of one course but not the definitive end of their education. Depending on your chosen field and the type of work that you want to do, there are some excellent courses available in online and on-campus modes, and many of these do not entail university study. To refine and enhance your skills, or add to your skill base, it’s a great idea to find out about the offerings of a reputable training provider, such as Careers Australia. You may be surprised by the opportunities to enhance your career and increase your appeal as a potential employee that you’ll discover through education and training.

Think About What Employers Want

As you study, it is quite natural to focus on yourself, but, from the time of graduation, you need to shift this focus to think of what employers want in a recent graduate. To have a sound understanding of this, speak to others, including potential employers, volunteer organisations, and even tutors from your university who specialise in postgraduate admissions.

Focus on Presentation of Yourself

Even if you have no real idea of what you want to do or where you want to work, it’s wise to think carefully about the way you present yourself. You should scrutinise how you look on paper (through your applications and resume), as well as the image you project in an interview. To hone your skills and confidence in interview situations, have others role play interview situations, particularly if you can find someone who often conducts interviews or has knowledge of your chosen field.

Research the Organisations That You Apply To

When you submit applications, you should have a sound understanding of the organisation(s) to which you have applied. You need to study their websites (especially the About Us sections), and have a thorough understanding of their products, services, team, clients and customers. Doing this will help you get an idea of where you will fit in to the organisation.

Formulate Your Own Ideas

Many employers will want to know your ideas and opinions about particular situations. Try to gain a broad understanding of relevant matters and develop your own informed ideas. Take a positive approach and avoid expressing negativity – this rarely impresses anyone.

Have a Positive Response to Setbacks and Challenges

Be prepared for some disappointments as you try to forge your career. You may be told that you do not have sufficient experience, lack maturity, or do not have the required qualifications. Rather than taking rejection personally, attempt to learn from the feedback you receive.


Graduating from a degree or course is often exciting, but it can bring uncertainty and doubt about what to do next. But there are many ways to prepare for a successful and fulfilling career and a number of options for developing useful networks to lead you to the career you desire.


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