I’m Doing Something Else
There are many other things someone can do post-graduation besides getting a job or going to graduate school—the choice is yours! You could travel, join the Peace Corps or other service organization, take a gap year before professional school, or more. You may also find that you don’t have a full-time position after graduation and may need to work part-time while you search for full-time employment.
Looking for a Full-time Job
There are many reasons why someone might not have a full-time job lined up after graduation. Regardless of the reason, if you want to work full-time, it’s never too late to look! Your school’s alumni association may have career services or resources. There may be job fairs in your city or in a local city where you can network and meet with employers. You could reach out to professors you had in college and see if they have contacts in your area. If you had an internship or co-op in college, consider reaching out to those networks to see what might be available. You can also look for jobs and post your resume on several job sites.
Certificate or Other Training Programs
Some students might not want to go to graduate school after college and may instead explore a certificate or other training program. This might be especially useful for people who realize they don’t want to work in their major field, or if people are having a hard time finding full-time work. Think about your interests and what you might want to do. You can then search for training programs in your area. They may be at community colleges or other schools.
If you don’t have a full-time job, you still have options when it comes to health insurance. You can stay on your parent’s plan up to age 26, whether you are employed full-time or not. If you are not covered on your family’s insurance and are not yet working at a job that provides health insurance, you should find your own plan. Because your income may not be very high at this point in your life, you may be eligible for subsidies and possibly Medicaid. The Health Insurance Marketplace was created through the Affordable Care Act to help you get covered. Find out your options and what you may qualify for here.