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There is no denying that college and university can be some of the best years of your life. You can make some amazing friends, you can go on to see the world or explore an educational path in more detail and your life can feel enriched with all of the possibilities. However, you may be thinking about what next after college or after university. Some people are never sure what step to take or what to consider. 

That’s where it can get tricky. At the age of 18 when college is over, and of course in your twenties when university is finally finished, the world is your oyster. You have so much you can do and see. But let’s face it, this is precisely because of this reason, it can become a tricky decision. So here is everything you can do once college and university are over. Some of them are pretty standard. Others are perhaps suggestions you may not have considered. Let’s hope it gives you the inspiration that you need to take on the world and make those big changes for yourself. 

Left college, is university the right choice?

Let’s take it one step back for a moment and imagine that this is just regarding college students. College is a fantastic transition between school and university, but is uni the right choice to make? It gives you the opportunity to excel and gain degrees in a variety of different avenues and career choices. It can give you the chance to push boundaries when it comes to sport, and even things like a University Sport Kit can make you feel included and part of the team. It is an excellent option if the career you want for the future is specific and requires extra learning. But it isn’t necessarily essential that your career aspirations are more generalised as sometimes experience is just enough. Make sure that you consider all of your options and some of them listed below can also be an option to consider when leaving college. 

Enter the world of employment

One of the big obvious choices when it comes to leaving university or even college is to enter into the world of employment. Leaving college means that you can think about taking on a new role in employment and this could be an excellent way for you to gain experience. It doesn’t mean that you have to stop your studying, as you could consider home learning courses as well as working giving you the best of both worlds. Starting your journey into work doesn’t even have to be in the profession you have studied for. You could gain some experience in all kinds of jobs that could give you valuable insight into your career in the future. University might mean that you will enter into a new world down the career path that you have been studying so far, and this can be exciting. If you are thinking about entering into the world of employment, make sure you take time to work on your resume and also think about things such as preparing for the interview and answering questions in the right way to ensure that you make a decent first impression. 

Take a Gap year

You could consider taking a gap year before entering the role of employment or even continuing your education. There can be a lot that you can do at this time. One thing to do could be to get an internship or to work with a charity, or just gain a job and experience some time doing other things such as pursuing hobbies or working on developing sporting careers. You could also think about travel which can often be one of the best times to do it. 

If you decide that a gap year is for travelling, then this is where it can get quite exciting. A gap year presents you with an opportunity to see the world while you have no commitments back home. Once you have a job, a house, and even a family, travelling the world. Travelling could mean working as you go, or just having saved up some money and just have an adventure. Most popular destinations tend to be Thailand and Asia. Along with Australia and America. Travelling can give you a taste of culture. Which can shape you as a human being. It can teach you a lot about who you are as a person. Experiencing different walks of life as well as cultures. There is a wealth of information out there about where to go and what to do. 

Working abroad

A gap year or just taking some time to do something different may involve work, but why not combine work and travel? Working abroad can give you the advantage of travelling while gaining some real positive experience that can help you in your future. If you work for a charity, you could get a real feel-good factor out of it. It’s something that you will remember for many years to come. It may also make you realise how lucky you are. Which could give you a new outlook on your life ahead. Changing you as a person. Charity work and different projects that you can get involved in can be taking place all over the world so you are bound to have a big pick of options that you could work with. You could also just choose to work and live abroad so you can experience a different country, culture, or use it as a chance to learn a language in the thick of things. 

Be your own boss

Why not use everything you have learnt and put your own idea to the test. Starting your own business is a great idea and could be the next big thing. Many startups do exceptionally well. You may be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Siobhan Freegard. If you have a great business idea, then use this as the perfect opportunity to give it a go. If you don’t try, you will never know. Many big success stories we hear today start in bedrooms or garages, and so there is no reason why you can’t start and work on an idea that you have for your own business. It can not only help you to set your own limits and do something that you love but also enable you to embrace any entrepreneurial ambition that you may have. It could be a great move to make and one that not only gives you great joy right now but could be the start of an empire for the future. An opportunity for family to work with you and for you to lave a lasting legacy in years to come. 

Go for an apprenticeship

Another option would be to consider a working apprenticeship. This could give you some valuable work experience. While allowing you to continue some further education in the field of employment you want to work in. Apprenticeships can provide you with income while still allowing you to gain some valuable educational insight. Apprenticeships have really grown in popularity recently, and many ‘hands-on’ jobs and career options will give you apprenticeship options. This might be things such as mechanical career or engineering, where you will learn a great deal more being on the job and gain some real insight and experience. Apprenticeships often work with employers, so some time may be spent in college while other days spent on the job working and learning with other people who have greater experience to help you. 

Enter a graduate scheme

The last thing you may want to consider would be to apply and enter into a graduate scheme. This doesn't even have to be in the field you may have studied in. Most only just require you to have obtained a degree which means that you could work with a blue-chip company and gain insight in all departments simply because you have shown the know-how and consistency and gained a degree at university. What these schemes do is allow you to experience a business from the inside, from all angles. Giving you valuable experience for when you enter the management team and a great career prospect for you to think about. Graduate schemes are like the apprenticeships for office and Male ent based roles, so again giving you the experience eon the job as well as enabling you to gain some valuable knowledge about the industry and company you are working for. 

Whatever you decide to do at this stage of your life you have the world at your feet. You have all the advantages of being an adult but still none of the commitments. This is the time to push the boundaries and step out of your comfort zone. This is your chance to see the world. Or gain some life experience in the workplace. But now is the time to go for what you have always wanted to do. You may regret not taking that chance in the future.