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What's Next After College?

Updated on January 17, 2018
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Ray is a civil engineering student and former student journalist. He loves to write about education, technology, and lifestyle.

Pondering over the things that you can do after college?

It cannot be denied that many of you are wondering what will happen in the succeeding chapters of your life after college. Seems like many are still visionless of what to experience after college. No need to overthink now because here are 10 most possible things that you can do right after college and be successful at the same time.

1. Pursue Master’s Degree And Doctorate Degree

Want to change your career track? Or you just want to make progress and have better opportunities in store for you in the future? Then pursue a Master’s Degree. After a year or two of experiencing work in your specific industry, why not expand your knowledge and specialize something under your field. It will just take you 2 years or less to complete your Master’s degree. In addition, taking Master’s Degree is an opportunity for you to also make your dreams come true, be able to study in your dream university.

Master's Degree
Master's Degree | Source

According to studies, people with Master’s degree earn 25% more than their equal bachelor graduates. Having a master’s degree will greatly help you in looking for a better job that offers a higher salary than your previous one. Let’s say that you’re currently earning $5,000 monthly, and if you work now having your master’s degree, your salary will probably be around $6,500 per month. What a significant increase, right?

Pursuing a Master’s Degree will not be that easy. You will still experience a lot of ups and downs on your exams and thesis. But surely, it will definitely give you an environment where you can develop your skills and learn things that you lack. It will also serve as your new training ground where you can broaden your perspective in your field and be career-wise. For some, there are two options. Either you take thesis or non-thesis.

It’s guaranteed that after you graduate, your CV will boost and you’ll probably land a secured job. Everything will be worth it and you’ll feel more confident. Also, you can earn money while studying by teaching part time at the university of your choice. You just have to fix your schedule so there’ll be no overlapping. Since Master’s Studies is a preparation to a Doctoral Level, you now have the choice of leveling up and finish Doctor of Philosophy.

After you finish all of these, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and you'll be proud of yourself. It's always worth the hard work.

2. Work For Your Dream Company

In different fields, there'll be always that one "Grand Company". It's like a big dream for employees to work in that company. You know that it is not that easy to be accepted in a grand company whereas it requires a lot of hard work and time. Before you'll be able to work, there are certain things you must consider. Here are the questions you might ask to yourself.

1. Do I know everything about that company?

"Do your research buddy!"

2. Will I be eligible to apply?

"Check your CV and judge for yourself. Also, learn how to dress properly to become more professional"

3.Can I handle the stress and the new environment?

"Be versatile and just always do your best."

3. Save Money

Don’t be such a spendthrift and start saving money! Aside from being career-wise, be wise in handling money. Saving money is a sense of preventing a financial crisis in the future.It will prevent you from financial problems like debt or stress in paying your bills. You can open a savings account in the bank nearest to you or at the most trusted bank established in your country. Banks offer you different types of bank accounts where you can choose depending on what you afford maintaining or what benefits you want to receive.

Save Money
Save Money

4. Start A Small Business

It is always good to have a backup source of money. What if suddenly you lost your job or your salary's not enough for some things needed at home. Then at least you have a secondary source of income. There are plenty of side businesses available and some of it are blogs, buy and sell where social media sites are your medium for marketing.

5. Travel

Traveling is a dream for most of us.Who doesn’t want a vacation where you can relax and just forget all about the paperwork you need to submit and all the stress at work. It is really helpful to unwind and redeem yourself from too much pressure at work by traveling. Sightseeing will be a great activity to calm your mind and find peace.

Nowadays, there are so many destinations that you can go either locally or internationally. You can travel with your friends, your family or your boyfriend/girlfriend. Quick tip, try your beautiful local destinations first before traveling internationally. Of course, your country has a lot to offer. Beaches, falls, breathtaking infrastructures, new and vibrant cities, mountains and so much more. Make a list of all the places you want to visit in your country and cross them out once visited.

Passport for Travel
Passport for Travel

For international travels, some countries may require you to apply for a visa first and some do not. If you really want to travel internationally and you badly want to go to a specific country, then bear with all the processes involved. Check on the internet about the visa policy of your country to know which countries are visa free and which are not.

Bali, Indonesia

Are you a fond of those sandy beaches and exotic temples? then Bali Indonesia is your go-to place. Bali is one of the most popular holiday spots in the entire world. With so many breathtaking beach resorts of either average and luxury, endless mouthwatering local and traditional meals of Bali and those captivating sceneries of mountains, highlands, and forests.


Sunset in Bali, Indonesia
Sunset in Bali, Indonesia | Source

London, UK

London is another marvelous place to stay at. It is famous for its architectural designs and amazing cultural attractions. Some of the most popular tourist spots in London are the world's largest Ferris wheel the London Eye, the Buckingham Palace and the London Tower.

London Bridge
London Bridge | Source

Paris, France

The "The City of Light" is one of the loveliest city in Europe. One of its main attractions is its impressive architecture. Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, the famous Eiffel Tower and the glorious Notre-Dame de Paris are proofs.

The Louvre
The Louvre | Source

New York City, New York

New York, one the most developed cities in the whole world is known for its large skyscrapers, impressive buildings of museums, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. I know that many are dreaming of living in New York City, New York. Well, it's undeniable because of its fast development and stabilization of the economy.

"BIG APPLE" is the nickname for New York City given by John Fitz Gerald.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Brooklyn Bridge, New York | Source

Santorini, Greece

Are you into more of the ancient sightings? Or are you looking for some place to spend your honeymoon? Then go to the birthplace of the civilization, Greece. Here you can find many beautiful ruins like the Akrotiri, and here you will experience unique, splendid beaches which are perfect for your honeymoon.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece | Source

Barcelona, Spain

Spain, the birthplace of architecture and arts is famous for its sightings like Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Park Guell and Mosque of Cordoba. Spain is a culturally diverse place where you can experience incredible constructions of churches and museums with attached abstracts.

Triumphal Arch in Barcelona, Spain
Triumphal Arch in Barcelona, Spain | Source

Phuket, Thailand

The land of Phuket in Thailand offers a variety of activities and some of it are things you've never experienced before. The Patong which is the largest city in Phuket is rich in culture, traditions, and arts. Here you can experience playing ping pong without paddles, fashion-driven nightclubs, and unforgettable yacht parties.

Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand | Source

Hoi An, Vietnam

Another place rich in culture is, of course, Vietnam. Vietnam is one of the countries in Southeast Asia that preserved most of their ancient towns. What you will experience in Vietnam are the raw beautiful beaches which are less developed than the other beaches mentioned. Vietnam is also a mix of different cultures like French, Japanese and Chinese. This is seen among the type of houses, temples, and bridges in Vietnam.

Heritage Tourism in Hoi An
Heritage Tourism in Hoi An | Source

Dubai, UAE

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of Dubai?

Luxuriousness. Yes, luxuriousness. Dubai is a developed city that is known for its large skyscrapers, modern infrastructures, and opulent shopping. Some of the infrastructures famous in Dubai are the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa, Dubai | Source

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Previously one of the "8 Wonders Of The World". El Nido, Palawan is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines and the entire world. Take a look at the majestic view of El Nido Palawan which is consists of 50 white sand beaches, impeccable geological creations, and magnificent lagoons. People are very hospitable so you won't feel out of place.

It's more fun in the Philippines!

Palawan, Philippines
Palawan, Philippines | Source

Mt. Fuji Japan

Mt. Fuji is considered as the tallest mountain in Japan. It is included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is one of the mountains in the world with the perfectly symmetrical cone shape. You might see the snow any time of the year because it has a tundra climate so snow is visible various months of the year.

Mt. Fuji, Japan
Mt. Fuji, Japan | Source

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You'll feel love at first sight when you see Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As America's first World Heritage City, Philadelphia has a lot to offer and is visited my millions of people each year. Some of the top places to look at are their gardens, museums, caves, and parks. Some of the sightings in Philadelphia are Reading Terminal Market, Franklin Institute, Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia Zoo and the enormous Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia,Pennsylvania | Source

6. Try To Engage In Different Physical Activities

Have you ever tried something that you fear? Bungee Jumping? Hang Gliding?Coasteering? Mountaineering?or how about Skydiving? Mountain Biking?

YOLO! You Only Live Once. This is the perfect time for you to experience all of these. Sometimes in life, you should face your fears and engage in some extreme physical activities. No matter how dangerous it is, still you can’t deny how fun it will be. It’s good to experience all of these before you get older, don’t take it any longer and drown yourself to extraordinary activities that you’ve never imagined doing.

You could also try to be sporty. If you are now, then try exploring other sports.A sport is a big help not just physically but mentally and intellectually. Here are some of the sports that you can try and find out how good they are in improving oneself.

Advantages of Different Kinds of Sports

Increases speed and improves an individual’s reflexes. Reduce multiple health risks like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
Baseball & Softball
Improves hand-eye coordination, and intellectual skills. Provides cardiovascular welfare and reduce obesity
Improves coordination and balance. Promotes cardiovascular health and builds self-discipline and intense mind concentration
Improves strength of the body and power of the arms & legs. Improves endurance and is a good cardio workout
Lawn Tennis
Increases your strength and agility. Burns 400-600 calories every hour of the game
Table Tennis
Trigger mental alertness and tactics. Increases your heart rate which is good for the delivery of oxygen throughout the body
Strengthen the muscles, hand-eye coordination and reflexes Burns 600-800 calories per hour
Strengthens the upper body and builds power to the entire bod
Flexibility and prevents Asthma and other heart diseases
Mixed Martial Arts
Improves cardiovascular endurance and over all body strength
Muscle strength, reduce obesity and promotes cardiovasulcar fitness

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7. Try To Learn A New Language

“Saeloun eon-eoleul baeuneun geos-eun jaemi issseubnida!”

Do you understand the phrase? Well, it’s Korean and it means “It’s fun to learn new languages”. Another great thing to do after college is to study a new language. And today, we cannot deny the fact that Korean dramas and Korean pop had taken over Asia and some western countries. Any Korean-related thing is very popular right now. So why not study their language and definitely in a matter of time, you’ll be able to watch K-dramas without a subtitle.

There are many options on how you'll be able to learn different languages.

1. Buy translation books in the bookstore. These type of books are not expensive and are very handy.

2. Download applications from Google Play and App store. There are so many free applications where you can learn new languages that can be downloaded in your phone store.

3. If you have enough money and you're really into learning other languages, then you consider language teaching centers. Enroll in their school and start learning the language you are interested with.

8. Eat Different Foods From Different Countries

Food! Food! Food! This must be everyone’s favorite part. Number eight on the list is to try different foods from different countries. Indulge yourselves to some of the flavorful, heavenly dishes from around the world. Surely, there’ll be no disappointments.

I. Korean Cuisine

Do you love healthy foods? Why not try different korean dishes. Korean dishes are composed mainly of vegetables like cabbage,short-grain rice, and meat. This type of cuisine offers various side dishes and Kimchi, the most popular among the korean dishes is always present. Koreans love spicy foods with ingredients gochujang which is a chili paste.

Bibimbap | Source
  • Bibimbap
  • Bulgogi
  • Gimbap
  • Kimchi-jjigae

II. Japanese Cuisine

Japanese dishes are foods composed mainly of rice, vegetables of either deep-fried or cooked in broth,seafoods and beef.Some of the most famous Japanese dishes are tempura, udon, ramen tofu, tonkatsu, okonomiyaki and sushi.

  • Sushi
  • Ramen
  • Tempura
  • Sukiyaki
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Udon
  • Tofu
  • Tonkatsu

Sushi | Source

III. Thai Cuisine

Thailand dishes are dishes that are flavorful because they are composed of the fundamental taste-salty, bitter, spicy, sweet, and sour. Thai foods are very fresh-looking and preparations are carefully brought out by means of its texture, color and of course its taste. Thailand is also known for their exotic foods Mok Huak which are developing tadpoles, Malang Tod which are fried insects and Baak Bpet which is a fried beak of a duck.

  • Tom yum goon
  • Som tum
  • Tom Kha Kai
  • Pad Thai
  • Gaeng Daeng

Pad Thai Noodles
Pad Thai Noodles | Source

IV. Filipino Cuisine

Philippine Cuisine is very much diverse where it is consists of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Spanish and American. Filipino cuisine may be an easy fried food or complex foods like puchero and paellas. The Philippines also has exotic foods like Adobong Kamaru which are mole crickets, Betamax, isaw, and salawaki which is a fresh sea urchin.

Beef Caldereta
Beef Caldereta | Source
  • Lechon
  • Adobo
  • Sinigang
  • Pinakbet
  • Mechado
  • Kaldereta

V. American Cuisine

American Cuisine has a wide range of dishes because most of the states in the US has their own specialties that are driven from their native foods. An example of the traditional Southern dishes is macaroni and cheese together with fried chicken. The US is famous for their big burgers, corn dogs, Cinnabon rolls, Krispy Kreme Sandwich, Reuben Sandwich, Doritos, steak, fries, and pizzas.

American Burger
American Burger | Source
  • Cheeseburger
  • Hotdogs
  • Chicago-Style Pizza
  • Barbeque ribs
  • Apple pie
  • Reuben Sandwich

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9. Photography

Are you fascinated by all those magnificent, beauteous pictures you see on the internet? Stop dreaming and start making one. Take pictures of beautiful sceneries and capture alluring moments during your travels. You can use the high-quality cameras of your phone or you could buy a camera used by professional photographers. I know that some of you think that professional cameras are expensive. But no! You can find good deals from different online shopping sites.

Photography | Source

10. Start Charity Works

"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."

-Albert Schweitzer

After all, that's the main purpose of our life. To be compassionate and be helpful to others. Be involved in different charities. Always remember that you'll be successful by helping others succeed.

Helping hands
Helping hands | Source

© 2017 Ray Cuevas


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