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Graduating? What's Next?

Your graduation from Ryerson is the continuation of your journey in exploring, planning, and developing your career. After taking years of classes, writing essays, giving presentations, and building friendships with peers — what comes next?

Your career development may have started in university, but now it’s time to put your education into action!


Here are 3 tips on planning your path from Ryerson.

Transitioning Out — From Student to Graduate

Get involved in your community through volunteering, employment, or internships to adjust to this transition, meet new people, learn new skills, and apply your talents after graduation.

As you do so, you’ll notice that changing from a student to a recent graduate is not only doable, but enjoyable. You will continue to learn about your interests, values, talents, and goals just like you did in university, only this time you will also be building your professional portfolio by engaging and interacting with others in your community.

Job Searching — The First 6 Months

The big question is: what are the next steps you can take to move ahead in your career planning?

These will depend on your career goals. To stay motivated and on track:

1.        Have realistic expectations.

Securing a full time position in your field may take some time. You'll need patience, perseverance, and a professional approach to your job search.

2.        Clarify your short and long term career goals, and find your focus.

Do you want to pay off your student loans? Are you eager to meet people in your industry? Do you have an interest in a post-graduate program you’d like to pursue?

Very often, graduates don't have clear targets; career and labour market exploration is also necessary. "Keeping all the options open" is not an effective approach.

3.        Stay focused, and plan your strategy.

You may need to combine your career related job search with a temporary part time position. You can still focus on long-term career goals during this time, for example, by attending networking events and industry related functions to build relationships with recruiters and employers you’d like to work for down the road.

Staying in Touch with Ryerson

One of the most valuable resources you have after graduation is your fellow alumni. Alumni can offer support, guidance, and encouragement as you embark on your career path. As you all venture on different career pathways, you will find that your peers offer great insight about

  • the jobs and industries they are pursuing,
  • strategies that are working for them in finding employment, 
  • the successes they are celebrating, and 
  • the challenges they are overcoming. 

By attending Ryerson’s alumni events you will meet others who are employed in interesting positions and who have developed a network of their own. By building relationships with fellow graduates of Ryerson, you can gain the most up-to-date information about the job market, and find out about opportunities that may be a great fit for you.

Keep in touch with your cohort, and stay active as an alumni. The more events and workshops you attend, the more you will learn and the more connected you will be.

For more information on staying connected, visit Alumni Relations.

Remember - We are here for you!

As part of our goal to provide exceptional career management support to both current and graduating students, we welcome alumni to use our services for up to 5 years after graduating, at no additional cost. Take advantage of what we have to offer, including:

  • career advising to help you clarify your short and longer term goals, 
  • job search coaching to help you implement a proactive job search campaign, 
  • interview coaching to help you practice before your interview, and 
  • resume and LinkedIn/Magnet profile advising (with free photography services) to make sure your promotional tool kit meets the current professional standards.

For more information about what we have to offer, check out our Alumni Offering.

View Career Compass for more tips from career experts, industry professionals and alumni.