9 Next Steps To Take After Your Degree
There are so many people currently in the university system and many more who have passed through the system.
But after your degree, what’s next?
This is a question that is common to fresh graduates. It is not just a question you are asked by your parents, family, or society but a question you also ask yourself.
May I submit it to you that though the question is easy to ask, the answer is not? 😥
Completing your bachelor’s degree indicates the end of an era – undergraduate studies. You and I know that the end of an era is the beginning of another era.
This is the era of a world of choices. You are required to make a lot of decisions and I can confirm to you that they are a number of creative things to do after graduation. 😆
There are several other choices after your bachelor’s degree and each one is unique, but before you take the next step, you could take a cue from some of the choices other people have made.
A wise man said the best time to prepare for your goals was yesterday, and the next best time is now.
If you really want to know what is next after your degree or graduation, you should start planning what you want to do before you leave.
Without further ado, join me as I show you some next steps to take after your degree. I’ll also tell you about how to position yourself for further studies.
1. Develop your writing skills
By now, you should start practicing how to write a good CV and cover letter.
Learn how to sell and market yourself well. If what you do is grind tomatoes and pepper, it will sound better if you say you engage in the processing of condiments😀.
It’s all about marketing with the right words. So, choose the best words that sell you best. You can also choose to join a freelance writing team that would improve your current writing skill.
2. Develop your public speaking skills
Don’t run away from opportunities to stand in front of people, embrace oral presentation opportunities. Seek such opportunities out.
Don’t be shy about speaking publicly. If you still do, it’s a weakness you should work on. You could run for a public office in your department that would require you to speak often to an audience.
You can also decide to join a unit in a fellowship or your community that would give you the opportunity to speak to about 500-1500 people at once.
These experiences will be useful especially in getting a job or scholarship opportunities.
3. Work towards writing some exams
The most important exams in this regard are the English exams (IELTS and TOEFL) and the GRE. This book will help you ace IELTS once and for all.
Some people find the cost of these exams prohibitive and would prefer to search for schools that don’t require them.
The problem with that is, it limits your options and you’ll be competing with a larger pool of applicants.
So if you’re interested in studying abroad on a scholarship, nothing stops you from practicing and saving money for them at this stage.
Other sites for some scholarships will be helpful such as:
That is called good/timely planning. These exams can be very tough for you at your current level, but if you start early, you should be able to work around them.
4. Learn to write motivational letters
Most scholarships will require you to write a personal statement or motivation letter. It’s better to start learning how this is done and start practicing right away.
Your personal statement is very important and part of the whole ‘marketing yourself’ game. With Google, you can get many examples of what makes a good statement.
5. Get technical skills
Learn technical skills that could be useful to you in the future. It’s like an engineer having a toolbox. Not every tool is used at once.
Some tools might be there for months without being used but someday, they’ll come in handy.
I have a colleague that studied chemistry as a degree and made an outstanding grade, but in addition, he learned some engineering skills in system designs, and that was what got him a job in a multinational company in the midst of top engineers.
First, he had to first get a good grade which gave him an edge, and then, the engineering skill he learned along the way gave him the job.
So, commit yourself to self-development which depends on what you want and where your passion lies. You have to address that first.
6. Invest in yourself
Pay for extra courses and certifications if they will be an addendum to your degree or prove valuable to your career.
The truth is, despite how well you prepare yourself locally, there isn’t enough opportunity for everyone, and you might desire to expand your horizon to a global scale.
So, further studies abroad can be a good place to start. With a 2-1 or first class, you should be able to get a scholarship in many countries.
What you need is the appropriate information. There’s no distinction between HND and BSc in the United States.
7. Get involved in extra-curricular activities
Don’t be narrow-minded after your degree. Learn to diversify. Engage in something
The importance of extra-curricular activities cannot be under-estimated. This could range from sports, politics to outreach to the disadvantaged e.t.c.
Then, you shouldn’t forget the place of God. He makes all things bright and beautiful.
8. Meet people
Now is a great time to start networking if you haven’t started before. To be quite honest with you, there are some impediments to building a network as a student – at least for most students.
As a student, there are some restrictions about the type and capacity of network you could build but as a graduate, the sky is not a limit, it is the starting point.
With your bachelor’s degree, you already have the basic requirement to optimally start a conversation in any subject matter or gathering.
If you have some free time on your hands, you could spend time with your fellow graduates. Rub mind together on how you can add values to yourselves and help one another succeed.
You might find a lot of useful ideas, carry revolutionary researches and other worthwhile acts. Support your colleges in the ways you can too to help them achieve their goals while you build yourself for your success too.
If you’re passionate about business, you should start attending some business events.
9. Do some online networking
Technology has also made growing your online network much easier. There are professional platforms all around and I am certain that you must have signed up for a couple of them. You can also meet and connect to professionals in your field online.
A higher percentage of undergraduates spend their time building their profiles on social media. While that is okay as an undergraduate, you might need to reconsider your priorities now that you have graduated.
You should channel your effort to building a professional profile on professional platforms. You might have had an account on this platform prior to your graduation, but having an account is not enough.
You have to work on your profile to represent yourself very well. Most recruiters now use professional profiles to screen candidates and it’s a shame most job seekers don’t make it past this level.
Once you have your profile up-to-date and appealing, you should also contribute positively to the platforms. For instance, you should have relevant conversations, comment and contribute, write or share valuable articles.
One of such platforms is LinkedIn, I know you must have heard about it. You can use these tips and tricks to get a job on LinkedIn.
While doing some or all of these, don’t forget to rest. Get refreshed while you prepare yourself for whatever comes next. You have labored for many years and you need to recuperate.
It is just the perfect time to strategize on what you would like to do with your life.
Use the available time to explore your options, connect with your family and college alumni, and build your local network.
I hope this helps 😉