Deciding what to do

Career paths

Many people graduate without being certain of what they want to do in their careers. Don't despair! It's never too late to plan your future.

Planning your career

You can use our career planning guide to explore your skills, values and options to build the plan that's right for you. While you're thinking, find out more about what's going on in the business world, evaluate your employment prospects, and build a more informed understanding of the fields you are interested in. And work experience isn't just for undergraduates! More and more graduates are finding that internships can be a great way into a career; read case studies from some of our previous graduates.

Alternative options

There are plenty of options that don't involve going into permanent paid employment. You don't have to jump into a career right away; recruitment agencies can help you pick up office experience without the hassle of applying to graduate recruitment schemes. Or there's freelance work, portfolio careers, establishing your own company - if you can't find the job you want, create it! We have published case studies of entrepreneurial students.

Did you love your degree? Are you not ready to leave academia behind? Or perhaps you're going into a field that requires a higher degree. There are lots of reasons to get into postgraduate study, and our guide will help you decide whether it's right for you.

Alternatively why not try a gap year? Read this Gap year for graduates guide (PDF - 423KB) which will help you decide if this is for you.

A web chat took place which enabled students to get expert advice from Careers Network advisers and an expert gap year specialist from the Year Out Group – an association of leading gap year provider organisations offering impartial advice. Taking a gap year web chat.