If we were to wind back the clock a couple of decades, the common process for students was to complete their degree before enrolling straight away in their first job. From that point on, it’s the world of work until retirement.

Whether it’s because of the economy or a whole host of other matters, we’re not going to speculate. However, to say things have changed would be an understatement. This is something that has become increasing apparent to Kevin Rolle Alabama, who has worked in universities for many a year. He says that there is no “common approach” held by students, and the steps taken are far and wide.

Taking this into account, let’s now look at four ways you can proceed after completing your degree.

The standard graduate job

Let’s start with the option which used to be the norm; simply slipping into the world of work.

This is still the preferred route for a lot of candidates, but there’s no doubt that the situation has got much, much harder over recent times. Competition is rife and this might mean that you don’t get that “perfect” job which you feel your university fees should entitle you to.

However, if you take a proactive approach to job hunting, there’s no doubt that it’s still possible. If you start the hunt early, and make sure your CV is backed up with experience as well as good grades, you have every chance of entering the world of work straight away.

The gap year option

Something that has risen in popularity is the gap year. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a “big holiday”. Sure, you are going to have a good time, but some graduates use it as a time to really develop their inner self and even learn new languages.

It has also been proven that it can boost your confidence, particularly if you travel alone, as you’ll constantly be meeting new people.

Taking it onto the next level with a masters

Another option is deciding to stay in education. Sure, not all industries are going to be suited to a Masters qualification, but if you happen to be based in one that is you will really gain the upper hand when it comes to employment prospects at a later date. This will help you develop yourself as a specialist in the field, and of course this is going to open up your earnings potential as well.

The biggest plunge; self employed

This would have been completely unheard of a number of years ago, but now it’s becoming increasingly common. The rise of freelancing options means that going straight out of university and becoming self-employed is almost normal. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be on a freelance basis, with the various governmental grants making life for the budding start-up easier than ever before.

Sure, there are plenty of considerations here, but if you really want to try it out alone there’s never been a better time.