5 Ways to Get Organised After Graduation

We partnered with 5Why on our previous campaign, Humans of Hospo, featuring Kylie Javier Ashton (Momofuku Seiōbo), Jared Merlino (Lobo, Kittyhawk, Big Poppa’s), and Brooke Adey (Chiswick, Bea). While 5Why continues to share content on everything from travel and entertainment to wellbeing and health, read on to get insight into the hospitality industry: The good, the bad, and the relatable.

5 ways to get organised after graduation

First off, congratulations! Finishing up your studies is a huge accomplishment and one that shouldn't go unrecognised (and celebrated). Don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back and try not to put an unnecessary amount of stress on yourself the day after your cap and gown ceremony. Graduating from your tertiary program can be daunting. Regardless of what kind of education program you're coming out of, here are the top 5 ways to get your life organised after graduation, as outlined by 5Why.


First: Keep Up Your Casual Work.

We've already outlined why bar jobs and uni students go hand in hand. But the same can be said for a fresh-out-of-study graduate. Why? Because keeping to your routine, continuing to gain those transferable skills along with that cash flow is a great way to keep organised and level-headed. And whether you decide to pursue a career in hospitality or whether you choose another industry, keeping your casual job will help you move on to that next step.

Second, Don't Freak Out.

"Just take things one day at a time and don't put too much pressure on yourself."

We couldn't agree more with 5Why as they coin graduates as being "real adults". And while that comes with a lot of responsibility, it's important to focus on yourself and decide what you really want to do next (and not what your fellow grads are choosing). Create your own path.


Third, Perfect Your Resume.

5 ways to get organised after graduation

"Now you're free of never-ending exams and assignments, you can really take your time and perfect your resume that employers are going to love."

Don't underestimate the power of a good resume. Similarly, you should be conscious of any mistakes that your resume might be guilty of. Does yours need a tweak? Visit our Candidate Learning Centre for free templates.


Fourth, Make a Smart Move.


"There's so much pressure to get a corporate office role or a 'career job' (wtf is this though) the minute you graduate. But do you really want to do that? As we touched on, don't let other people influence your life. Do you love the barista gig that you've got going? Or maybe your love of cocktails could translate into the whole mixologist life? (Yes there are real jobs in that...)"


As 5Why suggests, we also highly recommend taking advantage of your current contacts. Are you working a current part-time job? Reach out to those contacts that you already have a relationship with.

Maybe you're interested in working up in that company? And if it's not something for you, having open communication about your goals will allow your current contacts to introduce you to new contacts from their respective circles. The bottom line is the more contacts you have, the better. Pro tip: Having a valuable mentor is another great way for you to reach your professional goals. 

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Fifth, If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get. 

"Although it may be bloody scary, you have full control of what you do with your life post-grad. So why not apply for jobs that interest you, rather than looking at those that are expected for you and your degree? Don't let the preconceptions get to you and manage your own life."

Now you're ready to get out there and dominate your life, we wish you the best of luck! Try not to be too hard on yourself and to avoid overwhelming yourself with these tasks, stick to one goal at a time. You've got this! 

Check out the original and full article here.


Along with promoting our vision to inspire 100,000 people by 2020, we are committed to creating successful hospitality careers through positive employment experiences. Our aim is also to inspire the consideration of a career in the hospitality industry, rather than just a job.


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About the author Carlyn Shaw

Drawing on 12 years of hospitality experience and coming from a Communications background, I am passionate about all things hospitality.


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