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What happens after graduation?

Can you believe that it’s already mid-March again? Time flies by so fast! ⏰ As you might already know, I’m currently writing my master’s thesis. And apart from creating a timeline for the work, researching and starting to write things down, I also started to think about what I should do after I finished university in June. Today, I want to share some of my experiences with you about possible things to do after university and how to get started on them.

Finding a job in Sweden

Especially from my friends I got to know that in Sweden, you need to be quite early with applying for jobs or traineeships. Many of my friends already exchanged knowledge and ideas about applications in January. I have to admit, this very early and it takes some organisational skills to handle job hunting while starting the master thesis and dealing with the last hand-ins of the courses. However, it will pay off soon! So use your last Christmas break during uni wisely, and start thinking about what you would like to do and which companies you’re interested in.

KTH offers help on finding a job, you can find information from writing your CV, working contracts to the experiences of our career blogger Viraj – check out this page for more info!

Finding a job abroad or your home country

Personally, I’m currently trying to find a job back home in Germany. My experience with that is so far that Germany is not as quick with job or traineeship applications as for example Sweden. This means, that I have now applied to two jobs in mid-March as the jobs open up later than in Sweden. As an overall learning this means, that you should get acquainted with the job market and requirements in the country you would like to work in.

Another good tip here: use your network! You already know which company you would like to work with? Great! Try to get in touch with them and ask them, when you should apply to get everything done in time of your graduation. Especially if you want to go abroad you need to remember that it might take more time, as you need to not only find a job, but also a place to live, insurance or maybe a visa. KTH also offers some tips on finding work outside of Sweden which you can find here.

General tips

Generally speaking, no matter where you would like to apply for a job after graduation, you should first of all spend some time thinking about the areas or companies you would like to work with. This might take some time, so start early enough on this! In parallel, you should start on getting your CV ready. In my case, I haven’t updated it in quite some time, and I also decided on a new design. This way, it took some time for me as well to get everything together. The same goes for any certificates and job references you got during the past years. Once you have all this sorted out, you’re good to go and if you find a nice job, you don’t have to start from zero!

In addition, try to talk to other students from your programme or anyone that works in your field. It helps to hear how they found their job, how the application process went and what they suggest you to think of. You can also try to find a mentor, e.g. through a mentorship programme. Networking is the keyword! 📝 

Doing a PhD

Maybe you’re not ready yet to leave university? Or maybe you’re super interested in researching about a specific topic? Then you should check out whether doing a PhD could be something for you. KTH announces doctoral positions nine times per year and you can find more info here.

Taking a break

Not really sure what’s the right thing for you to do? Or you always wanted to travel the world (okay, given that covid-19 would allow travelling 😄)? No one forces you to directly start into working life! It’s completely fine to sort things out for some months, to travel or just do different internships to figure out what you would like to do long-term.

You can see, there’s a lot of possibilities what to do after graduation and how to find a job. I hope this article offers some help on how to get started with finding a job or shows you, what to think about once you’re in a similar position.

Until then: enjoy your student life!
// Maria

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