Graduate options

Graduate options

What graduates do next

Graduate schemes 

Explore exciting post-university opportunities through graduate schemes! These entry-level programs offered by companies provide comprehensive training and exposure to various areas of the business, allowing you to gain valuable skills and experience.  Many schemes may offer rotations through different departments. These schemes typically last one to two years and have competitive application processes involving psychometric testing and assessment centres. Don't miss out - applications can open as early as the summer before your final year. Check out Prospects Graduate Schemes for more details. 

Graduate jobs 

Kickstart your career with a graduate job that puts your degree to work! These roles offer focused employment within a company, allowing you to apply your training and skills. While the training is less structured compared to graduate schemes, you'll still receive valuable on-the-job experience. Graduate jobs are available in both large companies and small and medium size employers (SMEs). Begin your search early, as the recruitment process can take weeks to months.  

Take advantage of the support provided by Careers & Enterprise, including how to approach your job hunt, CV and Covering Letter reviews, and mock interview preparation. Stay updated on Advantage for exciting vacancies and employer events. 

Further study 

If there's a specific skill or academic subject you're eager to explore, consider further study. Our Further Study page provides insights into the various study options available, helping you determine if a postgraduate qualification aligns with your career aspirations! 

Work for yourself 

Embrace your entrepreneurial spirit! If the idea of working for yourself excites you, explore the possibilities of freelancing or starting your own business. Our Work for Yourself page is packed with valuable resources and support tailored for graduates like you. Visit the page to learn more or schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss your innovative ideas.  

Internships and Placements 

If you're looking to bolster your work experience and secure a graduate role, consider a targeted internship. Immerse yourself in a specific sector, learn from professionals, and build a valuable network. Develop transferable skills that will enhance your future job applications. Don't miss out on this opportunity to boost your career prospects! 

Gap year 

Take time for yourself to travel, explore options, and carefully consider your career path after graduation. Use this valuable time to close skills gaps, enhance your CV, research various career options, complete short courses, and gain relevant experience. Make every moment count and maximise the benefits of this period. The possibilities are endless for our graduates! 

Speak to a careers adviser

Get guidance from our friendly team of advisers. Book an appointment or call 0161 295 0023 (option 5, option 3). 

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