What next after graduating from college?

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You have a variety of options to choose from which can set you up for a bright future.

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Congratulations! Years of late-night study, hard work and commitment has paid off. You’ve finally finished your course of study and excited to enter into the job market world. So, what should you do next? This is something many graduates are trying to figure out.

The truth of the matter is, there are many challenges but despite all these, you still have a variety of options to choose from which can set you up for a bright future.


Before diving into a full-time position, you could apply for an internship to gain more experience and clarity on your career path. The 3 to 6 months of training and experience can make a difference when you start applying for a full-time job.  Keep in mind some organizations offer unpaid internships. Search for open internships here.


For most graduates this isn’t something they consider jumping into. These days many organizations look at volunteering as part of work experience in a resume. Discover what you are good at and how it can contribute to your community or society. Being a volunteer allows you to build professional networks and keep your skills up to date.


The thought of starting your own business does sound tough but if you’re up to the challenge, you can take it up. It is a way to break into new fields such as photography or web design among others. You can even start it as a side hustle while you have a part time paying job. Then once it takes off you can slowly transition your side hustle into your main hustle.


Going straight into the job market is also an option. It provides you with a feeling of independence as you get practical work experience. Many jobs look for experienced individuals depending on the position but don’t allow this to make you feel less qualified. Apply for entry-level jobs and put in the work to climb up the ladder.

Higher education

The job market is becoming more competitive and employers are looking for people with higher levels of education or have undergone professional training. Some fields of work may require a bachelor’s degree even for your first entry level job. However, make sure you’re not just delaying the job search by going to pursue a master’s degree or any other advanced degree before understanding the job market.

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    Jenifer | October 19, 2020 17:42

    So encouraging . Thankyou I really needed this

    Gloria | October 19, 2020 10:13

    Very encouraging and educative

    Bathseba | October 14, 2020 10:19

    Awosome and so educative..love it

    awuoe | October 13, 2020 08:18

    Amazing and encouraging 💯....

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