Options after college and university

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AFTER YOUR COURSE? Maybe you have just graduated or finished college and have no clue on what to do next. You wouldn’t be alone.


You may be feeling a little daunted and worried about choosing the right pathway. We often work with many individuals who are not sure about what they want to do next and are concerned about making the wrong decision.

Our best advice is to go with what you enjoy doing or want to try out. Following what feels right for you will put you on the right path. Many people change careers two or three times over a lifetime, so someone who knows exactly what they want to do at 18, may change careers by the time they are 30.

Also, make sure that you do your research. Get the facts and think carefully about advice from people. It’s also important to be realistic and think fully about what your options are. If certain professions need a degree, think carefully about if you want to spend the next 3 to 4 years at university. Is there a route into the profession which would involve training or an apprenticeship.

Before you start your research, ask yourself if you are choosing a career path for you or to fulfil someone else’s expectations. It’s also important to identify what you want to do with your future as creating your own career happiness is up to you and what you want to achieve.


Returning to college 

You may be looking to progress to the next level, so it would be a good idea to get your place confirmed before you leave for the summer holidays. You do not want to turn up in September and find your dream career de-railed, because the course is full!

If progression to the next course is not an option for you, because you simply do not want to or do not have the entry requirements, it might be beneficial for you to start looking at other subjects, apprenticeships or a course to enable you to boost your current grades.

So, grab a college prospectus or look at the website for details about other courses.

If you are interested in apprenticeships, then sign up to the government website and start your search today- https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship


Volunteering and employment

Volunteering and part time work is also a really good place to start if you are not sure what to do. If you have limited work experience and the only reference you have is education, it’s going to be difficult to determine what you want out of a job. There are many organsiations now offering internships and work placements so take full advantage of these.

Why not check out the  Do It volunteering website for lots of opportunites in your local area across a wide variety of interests https://do-it.org/

Still not sure?

Why not get in touch with CV Surgery for careers advice to help you decide on your next course of action and career



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