Graduating this year?

A graduate holding a bouquet of flowers on the grounds of the University's London Road Campus

When thinking about your future career, we would recommend starting early and not waiting until the end of the academic year to start thinking about what you want to do. This will ensure that you do not miss out on any of the opportunities that are available to you. 

As a recent graduate, the prospect of entering the workforce can be both exciting and daunting, after years of studying. 

After graduating, you have several options to consider: 

The first option is to enter the workforce immediately. This involves searching for job opportunities, submitting job applications, and attending interviews. It is important to note that the job market can be competitive, and it may take some time to secure a job. Whilst several students will be employed through a graduate scheme, many students will begin their career in a graduate entry-level role. 

 Another option is to pursue further education. This could involve enrolling in a graduate program or pursuing a professional certification. Further education can help to enhance a student’s skills and knowledge, making them more competitive in the job market. 

Graduate Schemes 

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of their organisation. These types of opportunities are more likely to be offered by larger organisations and will usually last for 1-2 years.  

Graduate Internships 

A graduate internship is graduate level work for a short period of time (usually one year or less) and can be a great way into a career. One option to consider here is the Reading Internship Scheme, which provides internships exclusively for University of Reading students.  

Postgraduate Study 

Whether you want to continue to study an aspect of your subject in more detail or want to gain a vocational/conversion qualification to give you more credibility, undertaking a postgraduate qualification can be a great option. 

Taking Time Out 

Taking time out is attractive to many students as a break between study and starting your working life. Whether you want to stay in the UK or go abroad, there are a vast range of opportunities. Find out more about potential activities you can consider and what the employer view is when taking time out.  

Where I can find advice and support

The University Careers team can give you advice on your next steps, guidance on writing CV’s, interview practice and more.

We are here to help you navigate life after graduation. Career support is available for an additional 2 years after your course ends. Create an Alumni MyJobsOnline account so you can:

  • Book a 1:1 appointment with one of our Careers Consultants,
  • Register to attend one of our Careers and employer-led events including bespoke summer programme,
  • Browse vacancies advertised to our students and graduates

Check out the Finalist pages on Essentials for advice on career planning in your final year, and visit the Alumni Careers Support pages to find out about the career support available to you in the two years after you graduate. 

Looking for financial advice for when you graduate? 

Visit the Blackbullion site for more information and advice on what to do when you graduate and learn about tax, pensions and more.

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