The final year of your degree can be a very busy period for academic commitments (with course assessments, dissertations and final exams), but it's also a time you'll be seriously considering your next steps after graduation.
We've created the Next Steps Planner to help you as you come towards the end of your degree:
You can also use the links below to find useful pages on our website about exploring your career options, job hunting and how we can help you.
Because of the pandemic life after graduation may be looking quite different from what you'd expected. Check our regularly updated page, Careers issues in Covid-19 and look after yourself too - you'll find some tips in our blog, Five ways to careers wellbeing.
For more FAQs and common job misconceptions on our myth busting page.
There are many reasons why this could be. To start, check the ‘Where can I search for jobs’ box on our Graduate jobs page to make sure you’re looking in the right places. If you’re still having no luck, stop and think why that might be. Are you:
If you’re not sure what to do next, talk to us at a drop-in or book an appointment. Find out more about our appointments.
It’s true that work experience is important and if you have nothing at all to put on your CV, you might find it difficult to get the graduate job you want. But it’s unusual for someone to have nothing to put on their CV. To start with, read our advice about writing a CV when you have little or no experience. You'll probably find you have more than you first thought.
If you know that you need more experience, then arrange some! It’s never too late to start networking or arranging job shadowing. Getting work experience isn’t something that stops after you graduate. If you can’t get the job you really want, think about what you need to get there and make a plan. That could mean applying for a lower level position and building up additional experience in your free time.
We can help you think about these things. Read more about our appointments.
That’s probably not true. While there are early deadlines for many graduate schemes, the same isn’t true for the vast majority of other jobs that graduates go into. Read more about the timescales for applying for jobs and find out about the difference between graduate schemes and graduate jobs.
If you are certain that you want to apply for a specific grad scheme and the deadline has passed, you may have missed it for this year, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t apply next year and spend your time until then working in another graduate job or combining part-time work with gaining work experience so you are ready to put in a strong application in the future.
We can help you think about your next steps, so talk to us.