Career Paths for Ivy League Transfer Graduates

by Chad Agrawal

Leaving an ivy league university, transfer college or school can be one of the hardest times you can face. It means making tough decisions about your future and leaving the safety of a background support network you have known all your life and stepping out alone to face the future.

It is however also a time in which you have few responsibilities and a new found freedom which means it can be the perfect time to really discover who you are and what you want to do in terms of a career.

It also allows you time to experiment with a few different career choices to discover what you really want to do in life. Being young you have the time to try a few things without having to worry about supporting a family, paying a mortgage, or paying household bills. What are your options?

Set up a Business...

If you have a passion for something you could look into taking your steps into setting up and business. It takes years to master running a business, but there is no set way to do it, and no set qualifications. There are cases in which those with no qualifications at all have managed to build million pound businesses.

What it does take is drive for knowledge, passion, relationship building, and common sense. There is no reason why it should be discounted from your options. In fact starting off young is the perfect time. When you are establishing yourself you will find equipment, developing your products or services, marketing, finding a brand, building a website etc can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money. When you are young, you have this time to build your business, and also can take the opportunity to live with your parents if possible to get your new business moving. No matter how big or small you want your business to be, as long as you believe in yourself and your products or services, then it is possible.

There are also lots of different business advice companies out there to provide you with support. You will of course need to give your business time to grow, mistakes will be made, and the initial costs might have to be found through part time or temporary employment, but starting off young gives you this time, and financial freedom to develop it. There is nothing so rewarding than seeing something you have created grow into something successful.

Find a Career as an employee...

If you would prefer to work for someone, really research what it is you want to do, what skills you have, and what sort of companies would you like to work for?

Falling into any random job can be an instant source of money, but think about staying in this sort of job for 40 plus years, will you still enjoy it? Life is as they say for enjoying, while work of course isn’t always enjoyable, you want to feel some sort of passion for your career and feel motivated by it.

List what sort of things you enjoy, or what skills you have and see what careers are available in these sectors. There are many career advice services, and there are some weird and wonderful careers out there that could be perfect.

Work experience can give you the chance to suss these careers out without fully committing.


If you are confused at what to do next, traveling can provide a solution. It allows you to step away from your familiar surrounds and can freshen the mind. It will allow you time to consider your future and what you want from life. However traveling can be expensive and it can take months to save the funds to travel.

Temp jobs can be there perfect opportunity to raise the funds for traveling. These temp positions will also give you some professional experience so when you return from your travels, you have got some work experience under your belt to begin to build your C.V. which is a big boost when seeking career opportunities.

You might also be able to find some opportunities abroad. Many emigrate to find a new career abroad.  Keeping your eyes open and meeting potential employers on your travels could be a good way to explore potential companies to work for in the flesh before making the commitment to work there but you can also establish if you like the culture of a particular country and whether you will like living there.

Although a daunting time, it is also your most free time. Over time responsibilities can hold us back, so grabbing these opportunities at a young age really allows you to develop your potential, rather than falling into a full time job you will soon resent. Use all that you have learned as a transfer student. Let your unique background play to your benefit!

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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