Going to university can be a fantastic experience, but at some point it has to end… This will see you embarking upon new adventures but this time they’re scary adult ones! It can be really tricky to know what to expect when you’re done with your course, or how to approach the real world. At The Insurance Emporium, we realise it’s not always easy to know what your next step should be. Which is why we’ve put together some top tips on how to prepare for life after university.

Students preparing for life after university at a job interview

Knowing me, knowing you

Don’t be worried if you don’t have all the answers! You might have met one or two people who know exactly what they want from life, but they’re probably in the minority. Draw up lists of what you enjoy, your values and the things that are most important to you. Perhaps you could find a field in which you’ll be able to nurture some, if not all of them – whether it’s related to your subject of study or not.  


Get help! Your university will have a dedicated careers service, whose job it is to provide advice and help to students contemplating their future. They could assist you in getting your CV up to scratch, or give you leads on finding graduate jobs and schemes. If you have no idea what direction to take, make use of them as an impartial service, who will genuinely want to help you sort out your priorities.

Student preparing for life after university sending applications from laptop

The name of the game

When you do come to look for a job, employers might want to know what experience you have, and having some could help you stand out from the crowd. There’s all kinds of ways to get this at uni, whether it’s working part-time, a year in industry, volunteering, writing for the university newspaper… There are countless ways you could find to broaden your knowledge and develop new skills.

Take a chance on me

If you have an idea of the kind of job you’d like post-university, do some research and find companies in that sector. Make use of social media to find people who work there (especially if they work in recruitment!) to try and strike up a conversation with. Even if they don’t have any jobs going, you can send a speculative application. They might see something in it and get in touch later if there’s an opening.

Students celebrating graduation before preparing for life after university

I have a dream

If the thought of starting the ‘nine-to-five’ sends shivers down your spine and you’d rather put it off for a while, don’t feel there aren’t other options available. Travelling might offer you some fantastic new adventures and give you time to work out what you really want. While further study can give you the opportunity to learn more about a subject or area of study you particularly love!

Remember that you’re young, so while you might feel some pressure to forge ahead with your career, there’s still time to feel your way around! But we haven’t come to the end of the line yet! Whilst you’re still at uni, there are other things you might want to consider doing, such as writing your dissertation, making the most of your time left, or taking out student insurance to protect your belongings.  

The Insurance Emporium offer pick ’n’ mix Student Insurance with a range of Optional Benefits to choose from, such as Loss of Keys and Gadgets and Mobile Phones. You could also get up to 30% discount*. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!

* The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Student Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.

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