Graduating and completing your university degree is a huge milestone which can be both scary and exciting. And when the realisation of adulthood kicks in, all of a sudden your responsibilities seem much greater. However, this milestone doesn’t need to be as scary as you’re making it out to be. If you’re trying to figure out what you need to kickstart your career, here are a few useful tips on how to take your working world to the next level.

Networking is king

It’s always important to start networking while you’re still studying. Networking is a good way for you to find employment. Keep in contact with your lecturers, guest lecturers, and classmates as they might know of a few job offers or other career opportunities. Keep in mind that you and your classmates will be working in the same industry and it’s always best to know a few people in the industry.

Sort out any travelling issues

If you’re working far away from home it would be best to purchase a vehicle. Public transport is a huge issue in South Africa, and it can make your life extremely difficult. There are registered credit providers who offer finance for graduates who don’t require you to have a credit history. Being a graduate, with no credit history can make it difficult for you to receive financing. If you’re interested in purchasing a vehicle as a graduate there is vehicle finance for graduates allowing you to purchase the car that you need. When purchasing a vehicle make sure you purchase it for the right reasons and purchase a car that you can afford as it will make the repayments easier.

Car insurance

Once you have your own vehicle, you will need to have car insurance. Most financial service credit provider requires you to have insurance should they finance your vehicle. Having insurance for your car is important, not only because of financing. Car insurance can be of great help should you get into an accident or if your car gets stolen. Insurance offers you peace of mind while you’re on and off the road.

Start saving money

It’s important to start saving money as soon as you start working. You should always save a small portion of your income every month. This will ensure that you have money should an emergency, retrenchment, or other unforeseen circumstances come up. You could also start saving money towards your retirement. It’s always great to start saving for your retirement as early as possible. This allows you to save more money so that you can live as comfortably as you wish during retirement.

Medical aid or hospital cover

Accidents can occur anytime time or anywhere, which is why it’s important for you to get hospital cover or medical aid. Having some sort of cover can save you major unnecessary problems should you become ill or grievously injured. If this is the case, you would at least be able to go to the hospital without the added concern of large bills. Medical bills can be quite expensive and we all know that emergencies hardly occur when you have money which is why a cover is so important.

Find yourself a place to stay

After you graduate, there are so many exciting opportunities waiting for you, some of them might be away from home. There will be a time where you might not find work in your home town and they always say great things always happen when you leave your comfort zone. You might find a job in another area, therefore, you will need to look for a place to call your new home. You can always decide on whether you want to rent a fully furnished apartment or not. Keep in mind that you might need to pay more for a fully furnished apartment compared to purchasing your own furniture. In the long run, you can always keep the furniture you have bought so you wouldn't be wasting money.


One of the last things you need to do in order to kickstart your career is to purchase working clothes. The clothes that you wore on campus might not be the right fit for your new job. Find out whether you need formal or smart casual clothes and take it from there. Make a list of items you would need and start buying one item at least every month. For example, if you have a degree in finance you’re more likely going to need to purchase formal clothes. You don’t have to go completely out of your comfort zone but purchase a few formal items that you can mix and match with your old clothes that will enhance your professional appearance.

Final thoughts

The transition from university and into the working field can be daunting, but if you plan everything you need then it won’t be so bad. Making sure you have everything you need will not only make your job simpler but it will also make your life easier.