Finals are over – So what’s next?

Finals are over – So what’s next?

Inevitably there’ll be a few weeks of chilling, relaxing and partying. But what’s the plan after that? What’s the next step in the great journey of life?

Well we’ve looked at a few interesting options:


Getting an internship is a first rung on the step ladder to a full-time job.

Genuine internships are paid, but you might find some are voluntary. They put you in a workplace so you can establish contacts and learn your chosen trade in the real world.

If you’re feeling brave, get on the phone to the companies you want to work for. Check out’s Find an Internship page to see what’s available.

A Graduate Job

If you have studied something where there’s a shortage of practitioners – such as teaching or medicine – you might find there are plenty of opportunities.

They’ll inevitably be probationary or junior roles, but they’ll start you on the ladder and you’ll be earning a salary.

Go on Tour – a Year out Travelling

If you’ve got the resources, you could go out on a world tour. An extended holiday to see parts of the world that intrigue.

Undoubtedly you’ll meet other adventurers and make new friends, creating yourself an informal global network. It’s a lot of fun, and crucially, will undoubtedly help you develop some essential problem solving and risk-taking skills.

A Gap Year – Working or Volunteering

Working or volunteering overseas can be a great way of gaining experience as well – as being extremely rewarding.

There are people in need all over the world and many organisations run projects for graduates to help. Whether it is a project providing drinking water facilities in a third world country, teaching children in Asia, or environmental campaign work in South America.

Further Study

Another option is to continue your studies. A Master’s Degree, or even a Phd, can add to your future appeal with an employer.

A Combination of the Above

You could decide that your career trajectory is further education and academic study – but that a year out volunteering or travelling is a good idea first.

Combining more than one possibility is a good idea. It gives you the chance to widen your perspective on the world and experience different cultures.

You can also keep your options open, so if the opportunity of a lifetime rears its head and you decide to take a different path, you can do that too. In life, the possibilities are pretty much endless!

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