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I’m about to graduate. What’s next?
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I’m about to graduate. What’s next?

Written by Astrid Roest on 3 June 2020 for Tech Graduates

Have you recently graduated or about to and have absolutely no idea what you want to do? Lucky you! You may not realize it but you’re entering the greatest five years of your life (don’t worry, the years after that aren’t so bad either). You’re free to follow your calling, make a dent in the universe, and attack whatever it is you want to do. So, if you’re feeling a bit lost about which direction to head in, here are some top tips for starting the next chapter of your life and getting the life you want to!

Graduation

Find your first job

It’s natural to feel a little uneasy about leaving the ‘bubble’ of university life and making your first step into the real world. The start of your career is the beginning of a life-long journey and it can be pretty overwhelming. How do you make the right choice when it comes to your employer? Which position is the best fit based on your hard and soft skills? It’s quite alright not knowing what it is exactly you want to do, or what you’re especially good at. We can all use some guidance once in a while. Luckily, we’re writing an entire e-book on this topic. So, make sure to follow us on all social media (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter), that way you’ll be one of the first to know as soon as it’s released!

We’ll release this e-book soon, so make sure to follow us on all social media to get an update as soon as it’s out!

Pro tip: Don’t forget about company culture. A job should never be just a job. Before you accept a position, ensure there is a good fit between the company’s culture and your personality. This will definitely help you reach your future goals.

Take a gap year

Your early twenties are the best time in your life to take huge risks. If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the world, now is the time to travel and learn! Traveling improves your employability and helps you build valuable real-life skills such as self-sufficiency, organizational skills and social skills that employers value.

A gap year can be anything you want it to be. Maybe you want to fund your travels with remote and digital work that builds your CV and makes you a more interesting job candidate when you return. Whatever it is, go for it! You’ll never have another opportunity like this. Just make sure that you have a post-gap-year plan in place before you leave!

Continue your studies

Now, there are plenty of reasons not to go to grad school; it definitely isn’t a smart option if you’re just stalling for time or postponing career decisions. But if you do your research and know what you want to specialize in, a postgraduate degree could be worth looking into. Getting onto the right course will help you gain experience in your chosen specialism while boosting your employability. This is the best time in your life to upskill and hone in on what you want from your career. So, go for it!

Don’t forget that a post-grad study can be a big investment, but if you get onto a good course you should be well-positioned to land a well-paid job as soon as you graduate.

Up to you

Hopefully, we can help get the ball rolling a little by introducing you to some awesome jobs, so have a look at our website and jobpage. Still don’t have a clue about what you want to do? Get in touch and we’ll help you to discover which job fits you best!

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About Exellys

Exellys is a Tech Talent Incubator. We match ambitious companies with the finest tech talent. Are you ready to drive the innovations of tomorrow? Ready to make an impact and become a future-fit digital leader?

Whether you are a graduate or (young) professional, Exellys will unlock your full potential by guiding you to a challenging work environment that perfectly matches your personality, expectations and ambitions.

On top of that, you are enrolled in one of our very own training and coaching programs. This means that, while working as an Exellys consultant, we are helping you to bridge your ambition to excellence.

Through intensive training and coaching, you’ll gain the essential skills, competencies and knowledge necessary to become the highly effective professional you aim to be.

Become an Exellyst and get in touch with us today!