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You’ve Graduated from University – Now What?!

I'm happy now that I am graduating from university but don't know what I'm doing next. I'm wearing a blue suede jacket, black skinny jeans and a white and black spotty top

I wish I knew!

I’m afraid this post isn’t going to be full of advice on what to do after university and graduation, but rather a post so you don’t feel alone about your position and some of the things I’ve been doing.

I’ve just finished a 4-year law degree and I graduate next week (excuse me, what?!). Oh and I don’t want to pursue a career in law at this point in time, or at all.

So what am I going to do now, you ask? Haven’t quite figured that one out yet.

What did I learn from university?

I actually did a post about all the lessons that I learned in university which you can read here.

But, in terms of university helping me in my next adventure, I guess it’s a good idea to think about all the transferable skills I’ve learned – does anyone else squirm when you hear the phrase ‘transferable skills’?

Transferable skills, although quite daunting to think about, can actually be a good way of getting your thoughts on paper in terms of what you might be good at.

For example, from my law degree, I’ve found that I can communicate effectively, carry out in-depth research, analyse large pieces of information, organise and prioritise my time.

So from doing this, I can start getting a rough idea about what kind of job I’d maybe be good at.

Where to find jobs after university

The websites that I’ve primarily been using are:

Indeed, Glassdoor, Reed, TotalJobs, s1jobs (for Scotland), LinkedIn (job section) – I’ve also downloaded the apps to these sites as it’s sometimes more convenient and easier.

My main problem, however, is that I’m not exactly sure what to type into the search boxes as I don’t quite know exactly what I’m looking for. This is good because I get introduced to job titles I didn’t know were a thing; but bad because I get too overwhelmed and frustrated.

I’m primarily looking for PR, Marketing, Communications, Coordination – that sorta thing. But, I also don’t have any work experience in those areas so I’m also trying to keep an open mind for other things that might interest me.

Other websites that have been helping me out IMMENSELY is Prospects and TargetJobs.

On the Prospects website, you can take career quizzes, discover jobs, learn about very specific jobs and what experience you need and what a typical day looks like in that career – SO HELPFUL. You can also look for jobs and graduate opportunities here too.

I use Prospects more than TargetJobs, but TargetJobs also offers a similar service so give them both a look and see if they help you out any.

Try to stay sane

I must admit, I haven’t been very good at this. I have a breakdown about once a week and have to keep reminding myself that the universe has my back, and it will all work out eventually.

Talking to friends and family helps in this instance. 1, to just air your frustrations; and 2, they might actually be able to help you, or put you in contact with some people that might be able to help.

Hope this helped anyone who might feel in the same position as me, and if you want to have a chat in the comments, or on social media – fire away.

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