8 Things to Do After You’ve Finished University

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At this time of year, many students will be considering what they want to do after they finish University. While I finished University during a pandemic, I still had the same gnawing panic about life after graduation!

This wasn’t helped by other people having such a clear idea of what they wanted to do after University, and many of my friends and peers had their plans all sorted.

If you’re currently worrying about life after graduation– don’t panic. It’s completely normal to worry about your future career or studying options, and it’s also completely normal to not have any idea what you want to do.

For me, every moment until I finished University was planned out. I went to school, I did my A-Levels, and I wanted to get into University. Everything was geared towards this, and when I felt the experience coming to an end, I was terrified.

However, there are so many options when you finish University- and there are so many things you can do after you’ve finished University! This post is for those people who don’t currently have an idea in mind about what they want to do- for the people who don’t even want to think about life after University.

I’ve put together a few ideas, to start you thinking about what you might like to do after University finishes. There’s no pressure to decide what you want to do- but I hope this post can get you thinking about a few ideas.

I’m definitely not telling you what you SHOULD do after you’ve finished University, but what you COULD do, including a few fun ideas and ways to further your education or career at this important time.

1. Do a Master’s course

I have put this option first, as this is what the majority of my friends chose to do- and it is one of the most common things to do after graduation.

There’s a joke about students doing a Master’s course because they panic about what to do next- but for many people this is the next step that they want to take in their education.

I absolutely loved my University experience, but for some reason I just knew I didn’t want to do a Master’s degree. I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do as a job, but I knew I wanted to try and find something that I loved- and I felt finished with education.

Have a think about whether you want to try a Master’s course, and remember that there’s a lot more flexibility than you think. You don’t have to study the same course as your undergraduate, or you could do something that’s targeted towards a particular career.

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2. Take your time

This is an important one! Finishing University is huge, and it can feel like a big chapter in your life is over. Take your time after you finish University, and recognise that University is over but that doesn’t mean you need to rush into something else.

Take your time to think about what you want to do after graduation, and don’t rush into anything.

Everyone is doing their own thing at this time- and you might feel pressure to get your dream job straight away. However, taking your time means you’ll actually be able to find something you really want to do!

3. Get a job

If you’re unsure what you want to do after graduation, a great way to get the ball rolling is to get a job- any job.

Obviously you should choose something you think you will enjoy, but it’s such a good idea to just get into a job. If you have the financial freedom to do so, you could also work part-time so that you can spend some time finding other opportunities and jobs.

I was very lucky to be living at home with my family, so I could work part-time and save my money- but just getting into a job is one of the best ways to gain independence, earn money and maybe get another job at some point.

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4. Decide where you want to live

A great thing to do after you’ve finished University is to decide where you want to live. Think about whether you want to stay where you’re studying, or whether you want to return home. Or maybe live somewhere completely different!

Deciding where you want to live (at least temporarily) might encourage you to make other decisions. For example, if you want to live in your University city, you might decide to find a job there- and you might find people to live with while you’re there.

5. Apply for everything!

After you finish University, you might feel like there’s nothing out there for you- or you might feel like there are too many opportunities to choose from. Apply for everything that takes your fancy.

You never know when you might drop on something you love. I applied for so many jobs that I didn’t get- and in the end I decided to make work for myself by freelancing.

6. Approach your University for help

Most Universities have a careers department, and when you’re finishing University you could try reaching out to them for support. This might mean a one-on-one talk with someone in your department, or accessing resources online from your University.

I applied for a few internships using my University’s careers portal, and the careers advisers gave me some guidance about these applications to help me on my way. Don’t be afraid to approach your University for help!

You can also access Academic Evaluation Services if you need help understanding the education system, and this service can provide you with all the advice and support you need when finishing University.

7. Pursue a new hobby

After you’ve finished University, you might feel a lack of mental stimulation- and this can be rectified by pursing something that interest you.

For example, try reading something new or even start a blog! It goes without saying that you need time to decompress after University- and there’s nothing wrong with binge-watching Netflix- but finding something fun but engaging is a great way to keep learning and stave off the boredom.

8. Celebrate!

Don’t forget to celebrate after you finish University! I actually got 2 celebrations, as I graduated online first, and then I got to enjoy an in-person graduation in May 2022 (2 years after I actually finished my degree).

Eleanor at graduation, wearing a grey cap and gown and smiling in portrait.

This is an incredible time in your life, and even if you don’t know what you want to do after you finish University, it’s important to celebrate your achievements!

Are you currently thinking about what you want to do after University? Do you have any ideas for things to do after you’ve finished University? What do you think of my ideas for after graduation?

Let me know all your thoughts 🙂

Happy reading x

34 thoughts

  1. The best thing I ever did after varsity was pursue a new hobby, my blog, which I recently started. I’ve been out of college for about 3 years and worked 3 jobs since. Now I just run my blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I think celebrating is the most important point on here! So often we reach this incredible goal and then immediately want to move onto the next thing without taking time to celebrate ourselves and our achievements! All excellent tips though, there are so many options!

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    1. Yes exactly! Thank you so much Jenny, I think it’s just important to know there are lots of options at this time of your life. The same applies if you’re finishing school or swapping careers x

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  3. Celebrating is really important – and so is taking your time!
    I think a lot of students panic about finding the “perfect” job – but you’re not making a lifetime commitment. You can get one job and keep looking for the next. It’s also totally normal to not really have everything planned out, but we don’t always talk about it.
    Congratulations on your own graduation and thank you for sharing these important points!!
    Colleen | ChooseYourUni

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    1. I agree! I think it can be hard- especially when you’re surrounded by people who know what they want to do- but that time is so necessary 🙂 No one has things planned out, and that’s totally fine as long as you’re happy! Thank you so mch Colleen x

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  4. There’s so many options out there, but not always what you’re looking for. So taking time to decide is always good, as long as you do something productive with that time while deciding.

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    1. Yes I agree. There are lots of options, but it can be so disappointing when you find it hard to find the right opportunity for you. I think taking time is a good idea, but I agree you need to have the right mindset about it 🙂

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  5. So due to health reasons I am not cannot do the certain aspect of a job I have wanted to do since I was young. So next year I am looking at applying for university. This post has been insightful and preparing for when I have graduate! Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren xx

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  6. You’ve shared some really great ideas here lovely which I think will help a lot of people who are just finishing up with uni. I’m not at uni myself but I have friends who are and I’ll defiantly be sharing this post with them! It must be really hard navigating life after uni, you’ve been in education all those years, I can imagine it being tough. This post will help a lot of people though so thank you so much for sharing Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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    1. Thank you so much Elle- I hope this post can help! Finishing Uni is a very unique and weird time for sure 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here Elle, I really appreciate it x

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  7. These are really great tips! A post I should’ve read when I graduated. I ended up doing a masters degree in law. At the moment i haven’t been able to find a job that relates my degree that I’m satisfied with, hopefully soon!

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  8. I wasn’t too sure what to do after I finished my undergraduate degree, so I ended up doing volunteer work for years, as I found it fulfilling. It also helped me decided what I wanted to do with my life. So volunteering for a while after university is a good way to sample career options if you’re not in any rush after you finish university

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