What To Do After Earning Your Degree?

Published on: January 17, 2024

For many students, the goal of enrolling in a college or university is to prepare them for a specific career. For others, colleges and universities offer an opportunity to try new things while figuring out where their passion really lies. However, after focussing all their time and attention on completing their degree, some students find themselves wondering what to do after completing their studies. Here are some tips on what to do next if you need help getting on the right track after earning your degree.

Update Your Information

After earning your degree, be sure to update your resume as well as any online profiles, such as LinkedIn, with the relevant information. Be sure to include all special skills and qualifications that may set you apart from other candidates looking for employment in the same field. Including awards, acknowledgments, and accolades you may have earned can also help make your resume stand out. 

Stick To A Routine

While there’s nothing wrong with taking a break after your studies, it is important not to slack off and become demotivated. Suddenly, having more free time after your studies are done can quickly lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices if you are not careful. Try to implement a routine and stick to it to take charge of your day and prevent yourself from becoming complacent and doing nothing. Having a routine will also make scheduling your time efficiently easier once you find employment. 

Make Use Of Your Contacts

Being proactive and using your contacts could lead to jobs you otherwise might not know about. Check with friends, family, and social media contacts for potential job leads to increase your chances of success. Colleges and universities offer plenty of opportunities to make valuable contacts. If you feel like you could benefit from more contacts, consider attending formal networking events. 

Sharpen Your Interview Skills

Many students make the mistake of waiting until they actually have a job interview lined up to start practicing how to make a good impression. Many interviews are conducted online these days, so check out our tips for how to make sure that you are adequately prepared (https://www.academicinfo.net/blog/2021-12-21-tips-to-prepare-you-for-an-online-job-interview/). 

Gain Experience

Your degree can open many doors for you, but many employers also prefer hiring people with experience. This can be accomplished by either doing volunteer work or applying for an internship, depending on the field you are interested in. Volunteering is also a great way to gain life experience if you are still deciding what to do next, and can help you develop a strong work ethic. In addition, volunteer work is an excellent way to widen your network and create new connections that can be useful in the future. Don’t turn up your nose at entry-level positions in your chosen field, as these can be useful for gaining experience and serve as the cornerstone of your career. 

Start Your Own Personal Brand

Depending on what type of degree you have earned, you don’t have to depend on others for employment. Many students use their knowledge and passion to start their own business. Becoming self-employed provides you with more freedom, autonomy, and greater flexibility. Becoming an entrepreneur is not the easiest path to success, but it can be the most rewarding if you have the right skills and mindset.  

Take A Working Holiday

Earning a degree is not easy, so many students opt to take a gap year after completing their studies. If you have the finances available, taking some time off to travel the world can help broaden your horizons. However, if this is not an option due to financial constraints, you can also look for employment options such as teaching abroad and turning it into a working holiday. Doing so will allow you to make money while seeing more of the world and exploring other cultures. While you might earn less than you would have if you entered full-time work, it is a great way to get a change of scenery and get a new perspective on your future.  

Take Your Studies To The Next Level

If your time and finances allow it, you can take your studies to the next level by earning another degree. For example, if you have completed your bachelor’s degree, you can further study at a master’s level. A master’s degree enables you to study your chosen subject more in-depth and specialize in a field you are passionate about. This, in turn, can lead to better earning potential in the future. A postgraduate degree can also help you to contribute to your field of interest and is good for your personal growth and development.   


Certain degrees can lead to jobs that are in demand, which means you won’t have to search very hard to find employment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and the tips mentioned above can help you if the job offers are not flooding in. You should also not compare yourself to your peers, as not everyone is on the same path. The most important thing is to avoid getting discouraged if you don’t find employment immediately and to keep trying until you succeed.

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