things to do after graduation

There are one thousand and one things to do after graduation from university, but these are the most important if you are a smart graduate. Majority of graduates keep asking themselves one singular question the moment they are done with school. The question is “after graduation what next?” I will show you some important things to do once you have graduated from the university.

Graduating from school is one thing, and succeeding outside college is another. I have listed 5 important things to do after graduation as a smart graduate, and I would want you to check it out.

The beauty of this write up is in the fact that all my under listed points can work concurrently, and you don’t need to drop any of them for another.

Also, if you have graduated a long time ago, and you still need guidance, you can also follow this success path.

What are the important things to do after graduation?

things to do after graduation

Get the Right Skills

Most of the graduates today just graduate from the university with only what they were taught in school. Aside from that, nothing else flows out from their head. It is a career error and bound to fail in a volatile country like ours where there aren’t enough jobs.

There are many other skills – especially ICT skills that will give you an edge in the job market after your graduation from the university. You can either enrol to get these skills offline – at IT institutes around you, or you can decide to learn it online by visiting these skill acquisition website online. You can see websites like Udemy, Alison courses, and several others.

#2. Get Work Experience

The moment you graduate from the university, you are just like a youngster who just got signed to a top club probably in Europe. No matter how hard you train and how good you are, you may never get to displace the older ones in the present club. You may need to get some footballing experience like going out on a loan just to get match time.

This same tactic is used in the work setting. Employers might be scared of hiring you because they sometimes feel that you don’t have the right amount of exposure to work at the level they require. This is basically for those who intend working in top organizations once they graduate from the university. I would suggest you use a period of 1 year to build up your work experience, even if you will work for free. It might not be an easy decision for you, but trust me that it would pay out when the results start rolling in.

There are several organizations that would offer you an internship position in their firm – i.e if you have the right skills that are considered valuable. They might even end up retaining you once your internship period has elapsed. It worked for me, a couple of others, and I am pretty sure that it is one of the best things to do the moment you have graduated from the university.

As you are raking up career experience, remember point number 2

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#2. Get a Professional Certification

This is the most important thing to do even while in school. If you aren’t fortunate to get a Pro certification while in school, then you shouldn’t miss it as soon as you graduate. The reason is that you already have an idea about the career path you wish to follow, so you build on it with a Pro certification.

Professional certifications make you look like a professional, and it gives you an edge in an interview. There are so many professional certifications out there. If you don’t know which to undertake as regards your course of study, then you can ask me using the comment section.

There are several professional certifications that can jack up your market value in split seconds; I believe it is one of the right things to do after graduation from the university. But you should make sure that they are in line with your career sector. Getting a professional certification outside of your career sector is considered a waste.

Get your Masters

This is for those who have the finance. I have missed several opportunities due to the fact I don’t have a Master certification. It doesn’t add much, but it costs much. So if you know that you are ready to get a step ahead, then go get your masters degree. There are several schools that offer part-time Masters degrees, so you have several options to choose from.

Getting a Masters in your professional can also enable you to expand. That is best things after graduation from the university. The moment you have graduated from the university, you should consider diving into another sub-specialization outside your main specialization. It would give you the leverage when you are looking for a job. The options you’d have would become bigger and more profitable.

Start a Side Business

No matter how ugly the idea is, starting up a side business should be one of those things to do after graduation. The aim shouldn’t be to make a profit as fast as possible but to have a sustainable business that would thrive in the long run.

Whether you are going for an online or offline business, there are several businesses to start that don’t require much capital. I have written  “An Online Marketing guide for those interested. You can just click here to access it”. Just make sure you start something.

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Whether you have a job or not, setting up a side business is something imperative for everyone who intends to be financially free. Financial freedom would give you the peace of mind that no one on earth can give you. So the moment you graduate from the university, you should aim at equipping yourself with the right skills that can allow you to set up a set business. It could be an offline business or online business. Whichever one it is, starting a side business should be at the back of your mind.

Work for a Start-up

If you are business oriented or you have a dream to start up your own business, then you have no need working for a large corporation. Working in a large corporation will limit your abilities, and equally, make you work on a monotonous job. Working for a Start-up will expose you to all you need to set up your own business.

This isn’t for those seeking the easy way out, I am writing for those who want to become established as fast as possible. As a smart graduate, this is one of the things to do after graduation.

Build your own Database

A lot of graduates neglect this simple act. It is imperative to start building your own database with a good relationship with all of them. These are people you can fall back to when the going becomes tough.

If you even set up your own business, don’t be surprised that they may end up becoming your first clients. The building of good database isn’t an option, it is a must.

The next step after graduation isn’t sitting and home and visiting all the job sites in the country. There are smart things to do after graduation, and I have listed it out in details. There are more to the list, and if you know any, do well to inform others.

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A professional freelance writer, a sales speaker, and a youth & development consultant. I write to inspire, show readers the possibility that abounds for them. Please if you want me to speak at any event, seminar, or be of help, please reach by sending a mail to mike.bush@topwritersden.com
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16 COMMENTS

  1. Your article was on point. What certification cana fresh civil engineering graduate aspire for apart from project management?

  2. i found this as a food for thought and so inspirational……
    But pls sir what kind of certification can i get as a biotechnologist & geneticist??

    • It depends if you want to remain in your field or you want to diversify. If you want to remain in your field, please consult higher professionals in your field. If you want to diversify, then let me know the chosen field.

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