“What Do You Want To Do After You Graduate?”

“What do I want to do after I graduate?”

It’s a question every uni student will struggle to answer during their studies. Will my career choice change when I’ve received my degree? Will I regret taking my course? Should I pursue a postgraduate course, or just go straight into employment? These questions are enough to make you want to pull your hair out or slam your head into a wall.

When a friend or family member asks what you want to do after your graduation, it can feel like you’re being asked if you had committed a crime. You just don’t know how to answer without appearing lazy or unproductive. Say you come out with a 1st class in BSc Psychology, and you no longer want to be a psychologist, but you want to be a film director. How do you go about saying it?

Oh, I don’t want to be a psychologist anymore because I have an interest in producing films. Sorry!” will just not make the cut. It can be daunting. It doesn’t help when because you go to university, you’re expected to know what you want to do right away.

For example, I plan on getting an internship or part-time job, travelling across Europe and being a freelance writer. Will it happen? Who knows. It might happen, but it might not. Realistically, I could be working at the local supermarket and not travelling through the extravagant Spanish beaches or hiking through the Alps.

It’s okay to not know what you want to do. There’s plenty of time to figure yourself out, even if it doesn’t feel like it. That’s the interesting thing about life; it doesn’t often go the way you wanted to, but sometimes, it happens for a reason.

So, don’t fret about it too much. And if it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world. It just means your life went in another direction, and that’s fine.