Having very recently finished uni (graduating in October), the question of what to do next has definitely been a persistent one.
Early on in my final year I realised I didn’t really know where to start, what jobs were available to me or even what I wanted to do. I thought I had been exploring my options by doing work experience writing for different companies and had a vague idea of the field I wanted to work in but, as third year came about, I came to the understanding that the drive to be more proactive in my search wasn’t really there.
Since then however, I feel I have come a long way. I have been exploring my options and have even been in contact with the uni careers advisors, who were very helpful.
I undertook a degree in English because I enjoy literature, but also was interested in the linguistic aspects that we studied; however, the subject is broad and has a great deal of transferable skills.
So, I started by mapping out several career paths I had identified which appealed to me: content/copywriting, editing, publishing and maybe, teaching.
A family member also encouraged me to get on LinkedIn and use that to network and better understand what was out there. I find this has been particularly informative because, you are able to see more experienced individuals who might be working in a similar field to the one you want to get into, and it can provide a snapshot of the route they took to get there. I’ve also been using Indeed and Reed.co.uk to take a look at jobs that are out there at the moment and plan out experience I need to gain within certain areas to become a more viable applicant, and have even managed to send off a few applications.
I still have a lot of research to do but, I am more confident in myself and the path I want to take. I think for now however, my after uni plans consist of learning more and doing more to boost my employability and overall confidence, and allowing more time to pursue my hobbies and the things I’m passionate about which I haven’t had as much time for since the start of my third year.