The end of university can be a daunting time, and with numerous big decisions to make it is a time to guarantee that the next step is in the right direction. This can be a difficult position to be in and it is vital that thorough research and analysis of roles against personal criteria is undertaken. So what are the possible options for graduates?

Get a Graduate Job
The route one for graduates after university is to seek employment, however, knowing which job is the best fit for you can be hard. Finding a role that complements your skill set and interests should be your end goal. Many graduates will have completed summer internships and placement schemes. For these graduates, and those who already have a desired job in sight, the best decision will be to pursue this position and go straight into a graduate role.

It is common for graduate roles to offer rotational schemes, which allows graduates to sample different areas of the business and gives you the opportunity to work out the role that is best suited to you. Similarly, if it is change you are after, project based work offers a wide range of opportunities.

Seek an Internship or Voluntary Position
A perfect match of employee and employer leads to a happier, more productive workforce. Consequently, it is important that graduates scope out the right company and role, selecting an engaging position, which drives the employee to work to their maximum potential.

For many graduates a great way of scoping out the right role is by searching for an internship or a short-term work experience programme. These schemes offer an insight into the day-to-day responsibilities involved with the job, as well as enabling graduates to get a feel for the company culture and how in line the company values are with the candidates.

Furthermore, such short-term roles help graduates gain crucial experience, which can often be the deciding factor in a competitive job market. According to research, graduates applying for jobs in the banking and financial services sector are almost three times as likely to receive a job if they have previous internship experience, thus proving how influential these schemes can be.

Go Travelling
Travelling provides graduates with a great way to gain different experiences, meet new people and develop key soft skills. Typical examples include: embarking on a ski season, going to live in a foreign city or exploring a continent. Each example has a similarity; they will all push you out of your comfort zone and test you. Some of the common challenges faced by those who travel consist of learning a new language, adapting to a different culture and training for qualifications such as a ski instructor course.

Once pushed out of your comfort zone you will start to develop new skills and hone existing skills, learning experiences that can be referred back to in an interview situation. It is important to use travelling positively in your CV and to help you stand out in the application process, highlight the skills you were able to build on your journey, how these relate to the role and use the experience to show the level of passion and enthusiasm you can apply to tasks.

There is no single decision that is right for everyone! Keep enthusiastic and commit yourself fully to any decision you make; it is important to continually develop your skills and to be proactive whilst searching for a job. Once you’ve graduated stay positive and utilise your potential!