Post-graduation: What happens now?

June 05, 2023

Congratulations on graduating! In the words of Mr West (Yeezy- Ye - Donda himself) “Welcome to graduation”.

We know how tough it is to navigate life after graduation; a prestigious event, full of flair and happiness all around – now met with confusion and the ‘not-so-subtle’ what happens now? question. You may have spent years working towards your degree and are now probably feeling lost without the structure of university life. The good news is that there are many options available for post-graduates, and with a little planning, you can figure out what’s best for you.

Job Search

Many graduates start looking for jobs in their field of study. In this case, you can apply to entry-level positions and internships or network with professionals to get referrals or recommendations. It can be beneficial to start job searching after graduating, even if you plan to pursue further education in the future. This can help you gain valuable work experience, build your professional network, and start earning money to support yourself. However, it ultimately depends on your individual circumstances and goals. If you’re ready to take the plunge and join the biggest hood known to man (noun: adulthood) then take a look at platforms like Graduates24, LinkedIn, and SA Youth Mobi for entry-level jobs, internships, apprenticeships, and more.

Further Your Studies

Some graduates may decide to pursue a higher degree such as an Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree. This is ideal if you want to specialise in a certain area or gain more qualifications for your intended career path. Furthering your studies can bring many benefits both professionally and personally. It can help you stay competitive in the job market, expand your knowledge and skills, and enhance your personal growth and development. You don’t owe that nosy Mamncane who hardly visits and checks up on you an explanation of why you’re going back to school – (bombastic side eye).

Gap Year

It’s giving Lil Duval “living my best life”. A gap year is a period of time, typically 6-12 months, where you decide to take a break from your academic studies and rather use the time to travel, volunteer, work, or pursue other personal interests. A gap year can provide a much-needed break from the stresses of academic life (and other overarching societal pressures), allowing you to focus on your mental and physical health.

This may be a good time to explore new interests or gain life experience before jumping into the workforce – and you deserve it ngwana ko gae, you deserve it my dhiye.

Entrepreneurship

This is for the future Vusi Thembekwayo’s in our midst; start that business. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and would ideally want to start your own business or venture, this is the path that you could potentially take. Starting a business after graduating can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity, but it also requires careful planning, hard work, and a willingness to take risks. It’s important to consider your personal circumstances, goals, and risk tolerance before making that decision. So, if this is you, you’ve got our full support – Cupcake’s economy needs you!

Professional development

Continuing education through informal, non-formal and specialised learning not only helps you stand out to potential employers, but it demonstrates your commitment to your field and allows you to step outside the norms of formal education; introducing you to evergreen content. If you want to delve more into this type of offering, check out LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Coursera Udemy, Coursera and online certifications offered by various universities.

After graduation, many people feel lost and are uncertain on what to do next. The pressure to find a job, further your studies, start a family, or begin paying off student loans can be overwhelming. It is important to take some time to relax and figure out what you want to do next, there’s no pressure. You’ve already made yourself proud by securing that belt, you’ve got this.

Did you know that the Wash Bar is open to the public? You don’t have to be a student or reside at The Fields to make use of this amazing facility. The post-graduation celebration clothes need a good wash; we got you.

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