Are You Feeling Confused About Your Career After Graduation? 50 Alternative Career Options




Are you feeling confused about your career after graduation? Check out these alternative career options and explore alternatives to the 9-5 lifestyle.


You SHOULD Feel Confused About Your Career After Graduation


Graduating from university is terrifying, suddenly the real world awaits and you still have no blimming clue what you’re meant to do with your life.

Don’t stress out.

The first thing to realise is that pretty much everyone feels like this at some point in their lives. And if they say they didn’t, they are lying.

There’s no secret formula to figuring how to decide what to do with your life.

Don’t feel like by the time you’ve graduate that you have to figure out a career plan.

You’re young and now is the time to explore alternative career options to the typical 9-5 lifestyle.


alternative career options for after graduation


Stop Caring What Others Think


I wasted so much time in my early twenties by caring what others thought of me. I thought that I needed to find a career path that would define me as ‘successful’ in the eyes of my peers. I was worried people thought I was a failure because I wasn’t living up to their expectations.

Eventually though, I learned to be more comfortable in myself and I realised that I was never going to figure out what I want to do for a career.

And I stopped caring.

So I don’t have some bigger purpose I’m trying to serve. SO. WHAT. 

I’m happy just being me, enjoying my life and changing my direction whenever my gut tells me to.

I’ve been working online for over three years now and I love it!

It’s not a typical 9-5 lifestyle, there’s no set path for me to follow.

Everyday I wake up and my job changes a little bit, the journey I’m on is a windy road that probably doesn’t have a final destination.

No one is going to award me with the title of ‘Successful’ because being a self-employed freelancer is not so easy to measure in terms of success.

But, being a digital nomad is something I chose to do because it allow me to travel the world and feel free!

Working in front of a computer isn’t something I love but it does enable me to make money while living my passion.

When you’re feeling confused about what to do after graduation, try not to stress about it and most of all don’t buckle under the pressure of what society wants from you.

It’s OK if you don’t fit into the system.

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Alternative Career Options To The 9-5 Lifestyle


It might feel like the right thing to do is to apply to different graduate schemes or find an internship in the big city. But if you’re reading this article, I’m assuming that you don’t feel like either of those options is right for you.

And that’s FINE!

I was exactly the same, nothing about working in a big corporate company appealed to me. And I wish I had realised that sooner.

Do you know what held me back though? 

Caring what people thought about me.

It is so easy to become consumed by others’ opinions about their life views that you forget what is important to you.

Personally, I wasn’t made to work for someone else in a typical 9-5 office job.

But, because I had spent years and years being told that working in a prestigious multinational corporate company is the definition of success, I had grown to believe that too.

It was only when I took the time to get to know myself and learn what really mattered to me did I realise that being self-employed was the only option for me.

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Life After Graduation Is Your Time To Explore


Being young is amazing, you have few responsibilities which means you are free to explore your passions.

When you don’t have financial responsibilities like a mortgage, you can afford to take a low-paying job that explores your passion.

The time to live in a grotty apartment is after graduation. This is the time to try out different career paths and see where life takes you.

You will never have a better time then straight after graduation to find out if you really could be a writer or an actor.

Sure, the most exciting alternative career options are usually the most risky.

But you are never going to know if you could have been a success in your passion if you don’t give it a go.

What have you got to lose?

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50 Alternative Career Options


What Alternatives Are There To A ‘Regular’ Job?


If you have zero clue what kind of alternatives to the typical 9-5 exist out there, then let’s get creative!

Here is a list of possible alternative career options for you.

The point of these alternatives is to open your eyes to the infinite possibilites there are in the world!

This isn’t a definitive list, I just want to show you that there are thousands of alternative career options to the typical grad scheme and corporate job.


1. Remote Bookkeeper

2. Project Manager

3. Graphic Designer

4. Virtual Assistant

5. Copy Writer

6. Human Resources Coordinator

7. Online English Teacher

8. Marketing Support

9. Web Designer

10. Programmer

11. Groundskeeper

12. Environmental Manager

13. TV Location Manager

14. Landscape Architect

15. Tree Doctor

16. Commercial Diver

17. Lineman

18. Race/Competition Organiser

19. Geologist

20. Tour Guide

21. Turf Manager

22. Sports Instructor

23. Marine Biologist

24. Forest Ranger

25. Tree Doctor

26. Air Traffic Controller

27. Voice-Over Artist

28. Truck Driver

29. Petroleum Engineer

30. Real Estate Agent

31. Firefighter

32. Physical Therapist

33. Photographer

34. Hotel Concierge

35. Shark Tank Cleaner

36. Nurse

37. Youth Outreach Worker

38. Social Worker

39. Teacher

40. Clergy

41. Marriage Counselor

42. Epidemiologist

43. Psychologist

44. Museum Exhibition Designer

45. Therapist

46. Chocolate Consultant

47. Beer Taster

48. LEGO Sculptor

49. Ethical Hacker

50. Bounty Hunter

My name is Phoebe and I want to show other people that you can design a life you want. I like to write about motivation, working online and self-improvement.