What do I do if I’ve already graduated?

If you’re still looking for a job after you’ve graduated, don’t panic! Many graduates begin their job search after university. If you’re unsure about what to do with your degree, use our profile search to see what others went on to do after graduating.

Keep an eye on our jobs board for the latest graduate job vacancies. It’s also not too late to undertake some work experience, such as a graduate internship. These tend to be longer in duration than undergraduate internships, as you’re not restricted by university holidays. Placements of these kinds can last up to twelve months, so it is important that you look into what you’ll get paid.

As a recent graduate you can also apply to graduate training schemes starting in the following year from as early as June. If you’re planning to volunteer or travel, it’s wise to prepare in advance: you’ll enjoy yourself even more when knowing you have a good job to come home to!

Apply to SMEs

Although the large recruiters that provide graduate training schemes are the most visible employers on campus, it’s worth remembering that there are other options out there. SMEs (small and medium enterprises) often don’t follow a rigid recruitment schedule, so if you’ve missed the deadlines for the next graduate recruitment scheme, these are a good option to explore. Take a look at ‘other recruiters’ sections in our profession areas. If they’re not actively recruiting, SMEs may also be open to speculative applications.

Job seeking strategies

Don’t despair if you don’t immediately secure a graduate job. If you’ve only just decided what career path you would like to take and feel that you are behind your peers with more work experience, you can stand out in other ways. In-depth research is essential; you need to research not just the role and the company but the industry too. You will have also gained many skills inside and outside of your degree, which you can use to strengthen your application.

What’s happening on campus?

Many universities allow you to utilise the careers service after you have graduated. This can range from 1-5 years, so make sure you find out how long you can access the career resources at your university. Many careers centres also have dedicated web pages, twitter accounts and LinkedIn groups for recent graduates/alumni. These are worth checking out, especially as they can be accessed remotely. They are particularly useful for finding out about job opportunities in the area local to your university or hearing about employers who are looking to target students from your university.

Off-campus events

Some university careers centres will run events aimed at alumni, helping you to kick-start your career, so remember to keep in touch with your careers centre after university. Once you finish studying, you can end up living quite far from your university, which will mean that on-campus events and careers services are no longer convenient. This doesn’t mean that your careers service won’t be of use to you any more however: keep a look out for off-campus events, such as employer open days that may be a lot nearer to you.

Many careers services will realise that their alumni have spread out geographically and will hold events, such as networking opportunities, in multiple areas or hubs such as London.


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