Congratulations – you’ve graduated!

Well done, all your hard work has now paid off and you now have your degree.

However, it can be a daunting time once you have graduated.  Whilst you might have a part-time job, you probably want to think about making some plans for the future.

Making Choices

Options With My Subject

If you are unsure about which careers you could consider, take a look at our resources section and download one of the many leaflets written by our Careers Advisers specifically linked to degree subjects.  You could also visit the Prospects website to view the ‘Options with your subject’ section.

Looking for a Graduate Job

Do you want to apply for a graduate job or scheme? Visit finding vacancies.  Make sure you submit high quality, tailored applications to each vacancy.  If you need help with this, contact us. You can have a one-to-one appointment with a careers adviser for 12 months after graduating – just telephone the Catalyst Helpdesk  on 01695 650800 to book an appointment.  If you are unable to visit, then our advisers can provide advice and guidance via email for a total of 3 years after you have graduated.

Postgraduate Study

Further study is a popular option for graduates. For some, it is a requirement for their chosen career (e.g. teaching or social work).  For others it is a way of developing detailed understanding in a specialist sector (e.g. forensic computing) with a view to improving career prospects.  Some courses can be studied alongside a job whilst others are full-time.  Do your research thoroughly – many courses are expensive and it is important that you are clear about what you hope to gain from further study.


Some graduates decide to take time out and go travelling or work abroad.  This could include teaching English in Asia, working at American summer camps, working a ski season or agricultural work.  A gap year can be a great way to build your experience, develop confidence, learn new skills (e.g. languages) and broaden your cultural knowledge – and can impress employers.

If you are considering time out, plan it carefully.  Think about how it will look on a CV.  Whilst teaching English abroad can look really impressive, employers might be less captivated if you have not done anything that can add value to your CV.

For further help with planning your future, contact a Careers Adviser

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