Your future, your way

Let’s put it out there; finishing university is daunting. The chances are, you’ve always been in some form of education up to that point. So, when you’re sent out to the world, it makes sense that you’d feel a little lost. The good news is, this is when your life begins. It’s your chance to take your future into your hands and run with it. Of course, you were doing that to some extent when you chose your course. But, you were still reliant on teachers and the education system. For the first time, it’s down to you. But, taking control of your future is also the frightening part. It’s often something we fail to consider before the time comes. And then, it can be overwhelming. So, here’s how to embrace your future in the right way.

Set clear career goals

It’ll become apparent  that there are certain goals you need to set to get the career you want. These goals range over a broad spectrum – from knowing a time frame in which you’d like to get a job, to considering what that job is. In some circumstances, your degree will dictate what you’ll be doing. In others, things are less distinguished. If, for example, your degree is in English language, there’s no set right choice. Whereas, if you studied medicine, it’s more obvious where you’ll go next. If you’re unsure how to proceed, do your research. Knowing what options your qualifications open will allow you to make an informed decision. It might help to give yourself a shortlist of companies you would like to work for. That way, you can make efforts to reach out to them and get your name known.

Know all your options

In life, we’re often led to believe that we have to follow a set career trajectory. We’re made to believe that a job with a boss and a salary is the only way forward. But, that’s not the case. Knowing all your options means you can make a choice that’s right for you. Of course, if traditional employment appeals, go for it. But, know, too, that you could opt to work from home instead. And, don’t believe those who tell you this isn’t lucrative. Take a look at this 42 Highest Paying Work from Home Jobs [Infographic], and others like it to see how much you stand to make. Failing that, you could start your own enterprise. Your degree sets you in the best position to gain respect in the business world.

Don’t be afraid to change your mind

You may also change your mind about pursuing a career in your degree. Don’t be afraid to take that step. A subject that’s hypothetical in the classroom may just not suit you in the real world. Don’t waste your life doing something that makes you unhappy. Your degree won’t go to waste, either. Many jobs value university leavers above others. Plus, entry-level jobs are often more interested in the degree than the subject.

How did you find the transition from uni to work? If you have any advice for other readers, put it in the comments below

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