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Don’t have a Grad Scheme? Don’t Panic!

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Your final year at university can definitely be stressful; with important exams and even more important life decisions looming, it can be difficult to know which path to take when you graduate. You may start to panic and realise that you haven’t got a graduate scheme lined up after uni when it seems like everyone else is either applying for or accepting their places. But you shouldn’t panic! Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t worry if you haven’t planned for the next few years of your life

1. You may not know what you want to do yet

If you haven’t found your calling in life yet (which is completely normal!) and you are not 100% sure on what career path you want to take, the graduate recruitment scheme route may not be for you. You don’t want to end up applying to anything and everything and end up in a grad scheme for however many years doing something you don’t necessarily enjoy!

2. There is still time to work out what you want to do

Just because you may not have a grad scheme lined up like some of your friends, doesn’t mean that you’ve missed the boat completely and won’t get another chance. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you don’t have to rush into things as soon as you leave university - especially if you’re graduating in your early 20’s!

3. Other options may suit you better

You may not want to jump into a career straight out of university; many choose other options such as travelling or volunteering abroad to give yourself a break from studying or going into further education. Going straight into a 9-5 job can be full-on and may not be something you’re ready to do straight away.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others

Just because course-mates, housemates, siblings, etc. may have landed their ideal grad schemes doesn’t mean they are further ahead or more successful than you as everyone goes at their own pace. Additionally, just because you have a grad scheme at a company, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be given a full-time role at the end so it’s important to enjoy what you do so you can work to the best of your abilities and get the experience you need to apply to other jobs in the future.

5. You don’t want to go into a specific career path

Most graduate programmes are aimed at a specific career path in a specific company, where the company trains potential future employees. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to go into a specific vocational path then a graduate scheme may not even be necessary. You may find it more beneficial to try different jobs to see what you prefer.There is even options on securing a graduate job abroad!

Hopefully, these tips will help if your final year is approaching or you have just graduated and are worried about the future - there are plenty of options out there so you don’t have to worry about graduate schemes!

Enjoyed this blog? Take a look at: How to Stay Positive After Graduation or So, You've Finished Univeristy... Now What? 

GRB Blog Author and Student - Izzy Walker

Izzy is a third year English and Philosophy student at the University of Nottingham. Her favourite book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and she enjoys going to the gym, writing and going for brunch. She hopes to follow a career in publishing in the future.

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