It’s Not What You Think: Exploring Post-Grad Options

From the moment we hit our senior year of high school, we’re blasted with expectations for our college careers. We arrive on campus with the idea that we’ll graduate in only four years’ time and that we’ll have a job waiting for us at the end of the tunnel. The truth is that’s not always the case. Everyone has their own life path. Luckily, you have the MU Career Center to guide you through the world of post-grad options that you didn’t know existed.

Freelance Work

If you don’t like the idea of a 40-hour work week then take a look at contract work instead. There’s a general assumption that freelancers are primarily artists. FALSE! 36% of the US workforce report having done freelance work over the course of 2021, so it’s an option for everyone. As a freelancer, you have total control over your workload and can choose your own schedule which makes it ideal for anyone who prefers the comfort of a park bench over the stuffiness of a cubicle. There are hundreds of freelance job boards to choose from, but The Balance Careers recommends Upwork overall. The Freelancers Union is a great resource for those who need a sense of community. This organization offers the ultimate toolbox for contract workers, as well as a number of other resources.

Gap Year Programs

Gap years aren’t just for traveling abroad or an extended vacation; They’re for development and self-exploration! Taking that sabbatical allows you to grow personally and professionally through your experiences rather than through your career. If you’re considering a Gap year but don’t know where to start, consider browsing the GoAbroad website for work or volunteer experience right for you. If you don’t find anything there, consider attending the USA Gap Year Fair to speak to representatives of different programs.

Advanced Degrees
Seeking an advanced degree is a great option for those who feel like there’s more to learn in their field of study. Whether you seek a master’s degree or a doctorate, graduate school allows you to combine the classroom experience with hands-on work or research in your field. You end up getting the best of both worlds with an expanded professional network. Mizzou Graduate School offers a variety of degree programs both online and in-person, so there’s something out there for you.

Ultimately, what you choose is up to you. Visit the Career Center to connect with our staff. Remember, we’re here to help you!