When you’re at University, a lot of decisions need to be made in advance, for example, choosing a house or selecting modules for the year ahead. Well, deciding upon your future is really no different and I’m starting to think in a lot more detail about what I’m going to do after I graduate – a year before it happens!
Whether you want to take part in a graduate scheme, take a gap year or continue studying, a lot of forward thinking needs to be done. Firstly, you need to make a decision about what you actually want to do – I have had a lot of trouble with this. Each choice has its own benefits: getting into a job early gains you a lot of good experience, taking some time out can relax you and prepare you for whats ahead and studying more can give you extra skills and expertise in your subject area. But what’s for you?
Of course it’s all down to personal preference and also about what you plan on doing for work, as some career paths need practical experience, while others require further study.
I’ve recently made the difficult decision between applying for graduate schemes and applying for postgraduate study. I’ve made the decision to undertake an MA as I am so passionate about my discipline and I’m not quite ready to give it up yet. Also, I’ve also begun to consider a career in academia, so it’s really essential to continue studying.
I’m starting my research on different courses and universities – of course I’m looking at Leicester, who are currently offering particularly good fee discounts for returning graduates, which you can find out more about here. I’m also looking at Universities close to home, as I have to weight up masters fees with accommodation too, so I might be back living with the parents – I’m sure they’ll be delighted!
Whatever you choose to do, you need to have quite a clear idea by the time you start your third year as you’ll need to do the research and begin to compile everything you need to complete applications, etc. And if you decide you just need a break, then you’ll need to start saving.
I imagine hearing this could be quite scary, but in my opinion it’s definitely better to be prepared, so I hope this is helpful in understanding some of the realities of becoming a graduate!