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Options for graduates

What next after your degree. Explore your options, find practical advice and useful links to support you with your next steps.

Employment

Finding jobs

Graduate job sites could be a good starting place but remember that opportunities for graduates can be advertised elsewhere too.

Graduate job websites

See our list of job sites for graduates. Access graduate recruitment schemes and work experience opportunities.

Job Websites

Use our list of popular job websites to help your job search.

Ask your contacts

Build up your contacts and get networking  to tap in to job vacancies that aren't advertised.

Applying for jobs

You will face competition when you apply for any job. It's important to know your skills and strengths and what employers look for in candidates.

Employment support is also available to help you into work if you are disabled or have a health condition.

It is important to create an effective CV or application. This will help you prepare well for interviews.

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Self-employment

Maybe you have a great idea, or you like the flexibility that self-employment can offer.

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Post-graduate study

You might consider a Masters, PhD, postgraduate diploma, or professional qualifications. You could study full-time or part-time combining study with employment.

Search for postgraduate courses using UCAS.

Before heading into further study:

  • Find out if postgraduate study will improve your job prospects. Use job information to discover more about entry requirements for jobs, and explore job websites to identify jobs that ask for postgraduate qualifications
  • Reflect on whether you have the motivation to do further study
  • Consider the financial implications of doing further study

Funding for postgraduate studies

Explore the funding options available for a range of different courses in Wales. Some funding is specifically for postgraduate study in university, and other funding may support with professional qualifications, or other general study.

Personal Learning Accounts

A Personal Learning Account will allow you to study fully funded, flexible part-time courses around your existing responsibilities.

ReAct+

ReAct+ offers tailored solutions which may include financial support, skills training and Personal Development Support to help remove barriers to employment.


Work and life experience

Taking a gap year, volunteering, or doing an internship can improve your future employment opportunities. You will gain new skills, valued by employers. These experiences can also help you focus on what careers you are interested in.

Gap year

Find out if a gap year is for you and see our list of things to consider. See examples of how gap years are spent.

Volunteering

See how volunteering can increase your skills, experience and job opportunities at the same time as you help others.
 

Internships

Internships are a type of work experience for students in university or graduates. They are a great way to gain experience related to your degree. 


Try our quizzes

If you aren't sure about what careers suit your skills and strengths, try our quizzes to get some ideas.