How to decide what to do after graduation

The 3+ years spent studying go by in a flash. Whether you’re a fresher or in your final year, the coursework, group projects and exams will be a thing of the past before you know it.

If you’ve not got everything figured out just yet, don’t panic! You might know a couple people who have secured a grad job or started their postgraduate application, but the chances are the majority of your peers are still figuring it all out too.

To help you decide what to do after graduation here’s some of your options:

Carrying on studying

If you’re not ready to give up the student experience just yet, studying a postgraduate course is an option.

Subjects such as psychology or law require further qualifications to progress with a career in the disciplines.

Alternatively, you may want to take a change of direction and study a different subject for example by undertaking a business or marketing masters course.

Grad Job

Most graduate schemes don’t require specific degrees to get on. So, even if you’ve fallen out of love with the subject you’ve studied for so long, a grad scheme could be the change of pace you need.

The application process can be lengthy and competition is high so be sure to get started as soon as possible. The majority of programmes  do take applications at the beginning of the year, but there are ones that take them year-round.


If you’re not 100% sure which career path you want to take, an internship can help you decide.

You can try a sector of work, while gaining a practical skill set that will make you more employable long-term.

There is also the possibility of an internship leading to full time employment. However, in general they’re a great way to gain hands-on CV experience and references for future job applications.

Gap Year

A time to reflect and think about long term plans while meeting new people, and gaining new experiences.

After 3+ years of studying your dedicated subject gaining theoretical and practical knowledge, a gap year is also a time to build your soft skills such as communication, flexibility and responsibility.

More than anything, a gap year is a time to let off steam after the high pressure of completing your degree. Without the extra pressure you’ll have a more clear mind to decide what you want to do with your future.

The choice is completely yours:

This isn’t a definite list of what you should do after graduation but rather a list of what you could possibly do.

There are an infinite number of options and opportunities out there after you complete your degree.

While you’re still at university, chat to your friends and family, ask your lecturers questions and of course take full advantage of the careers advice service to help you along the way.

Whether you’re undertaking your undergraduate degree or are about to embark on a postgraduate course, Novel offers a wide range of options when it comes to student housing in Leicester.

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