Three to four years of college can be pretty intense. There are examinations, lectures, fests, events, societies, competitions and lot more for the students to prepare for. In addition to this, there is the factor of attendance, for which colleges have strict regulations.
On the whole, there are many things that students have to focus on and everything seems to pass by very fast. You don't have enough time or information, to plan out what you want to do with your future. Though some students would have already done this.
Professional courses like Engineering and Medicine, have a definite plan ahead even though there are many choices to make. Courses in liberal arts and pure sciences have a lot of potential. But the scarcity of awareness and knowledge as to what can be done after graduation might make the students anxious about their future.
'I feel overwhelmed. Please don't make me work at some food joint.' laughingly says Tanya Jacob, a graduate of Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore when asked about what she feels about the new life.
Students can have hundreds of doubts, among thousands of opportunities that are available to them. The right decision to be taken should be thought out properly, with the help of family and friends.
But some may not find this support. So here we are providing some assurance to all the fresh graduates out there.
Take a Deep Breath
The first thing you ought to do is relax. You have done your best in the past few years. You studied when you had to, jotted down notes during your lectures and studied in groups right before the exams started. Now it's time for you to relax a bit. Here's what you can do:
- Take a vacation.
- Go for some certificate course which you have been wanting to do since forever.
- Meet your friends from school.
- Volunteer at Non-Governmental Organizations
- Take a few weeks off for yourself.
Apply. Apply. Apply.
After a quick rest, you have to get back to building up your career.
If you know what course you want to take up after your undergraduate course, then things will become very easy for you. Find out the best institution that's providing the course you want to pursue. Keep these pointers while looking out for the institution:
- Compare the institution on various surveys
- Check whether the institution provides placements
- Find out the opinion of the current students of each institution, through reviews.
- Check whether additional short courses are available.
- Compare the fees with other institutions.
Srushti K, a graduate from Mount Carmel College says "I guess just gaining work experience is what I'm going to do to make my plans work; So that I can get the job that I want."
Many students believe in experience than collecting degrees after degrees
If you want to get a job after your undergraduate course, the best way to start would be to build up your CV.
Here's how you do it:
- Mention your achievements, each and every one of them.
- Jot down all your skills.
- Any experience you had before should be mentioned.
- Mention the languages that you are proficient at.
- Keep things simple, to the point and avoid jargons.
Once your CV is prepared, you should start applying. There are many websites that can help you apply for jobs that you want. Based on the filter search that you conduct, opportunities will be available to you.
You must be ready to start at the bottom, as this will be your first job. Do not hurry. Take your time and grow as time goes.
Build your Resume
Many students find the idea of getting a job, just after their undergraduate degree, as a too much. At the same time, they may not be very sure about what subject to choose for their higher studies. People who are looking for experience but don't want things to get too serious can take up internships.
Internships can last from 2 to 6 months.
Students can learn a great deal from these opportunities and can work with big companies of their choice.
Internships will expose the students to the actual field of work, and they can decide if they want to continue.
Some are paid internships, while most of them are unpaid. Check all of them, and choose accordingly.
Many students aspire to continue their studies in a foreign country. For those, you should know that there are many opportunities waiting for you in a different land.
Scholarships are provided by many foreign universities for Indian students.
The student needs to prepare for International Entrance exams and Language qualifying exams, which are mandatory for many countries.
Elina Benedict, another graduate from Kristu Jayanti College says, "I'm doing what any student would do to study abroad. Study, study and study to achieve the perfect GRE score and get into the best University."
Many countries like Germany, require students to know their language to get an education in that country.
They need to send in answer scripts and essays to the university for admissions, based on which the student is accepted.
Jobs and studies are something that students generally take up. In the past few years, various other pathways are coming up providing vivid opportunities for students.
- Fellowships - These are short term opportunities that range from a time period of 6 months to a year. the students to take up certain tasks and a stipend will be provided for them. These are usually based on socially relevant issues, like education for the underprivileged, helping people from low socio-economic community etc.
- Research - Many students are taking up research as their main motive after their undergraduate program. Students who want to follow this path can take up positions as research assistants. They can learn the proper way of conducting research, acquire more knowledge and build up their employability and credibility when it comes to their own research later in future.
Follow your Passion.
Although considered unconventional, every generation of graduates will have a few people who take up their hobbies and interests as their livelihood. Singing for a record, performing for concerts, authoring a book, making music, drawing graphics, making short films, writing dialogues, all of this can come under this section. Though there are courses for these careers, many decide to learn from the industry and attain raw knowledge from veterans. Though there are many struggles in this area, with the right amount of hard work and networking, one can succeed.
There! You have almost all the things you can do as a fresh graduate.
Now it's your turn to decide and leave a mark. Don't forget, you can try multiple things, and if one doesn't work, there's always another window open for you.