What Next? A Guide For Students Graduating In December

As your degree is coming to an end, the question “what next?” can be daunting.  While you’re only a member of the SU until you graduate, you can be assured that we are thinking of how to make your life better until your last day. This article will give you some ideas to get you started on planning your next moves.

As your degree is coming to an end, the question “what next?” can be daunting. 

While you’re only a member of the SU until you graduate (although you're always welcome to become an associate member), you can be assured that we are thinking of how to make your life better until your last day.

This article, by no means, has the answers to your questions about what your calling might be, but it will give you some ideas to get you started on planning your next moves once assessments are done and dusted.

First thing’s first: start thinking about your housing, budget and income after uni and get further advice and guidance if you need it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, our Advice Centre can help you get started.

Pause

Don’t just start applying for any jobs without professional guidance and planning. This is the start of your future and it deserves some planning and reflection, as well as expert advice.

Rest

You deserve a break! So, even if you’re having to work straight after graduation, carve out time for you. Things that will help your mind get into the right place include:

Plan

Use tested planning tools like WoopMyLife and SMART planning.

If you have been getting professional support for your mental health while at uni, look for alternative NHS talking therapies.

Use the careers and employability service

You can use the Careers and Employability Service even after you graduate. They can help you:

  • Tidy up your CV
  • Explore your options
  • Discover new career options

Volunteering is also a great way to obtain experience and references.

Housing

If you’re worried about where you’re going to live after university, ask for some guidance now. 

Funding (for UK residents only)

Be prepared for possible phases of unemployment and what to do if you have no income during those times. Remember that the benefits system is there to support UK students during these times. If you have little or no income, you can get help with living costs, rent and council tax.

Remember to include council tax in your expenses. It’s time to think about managing your finances and budgeting and planning ahead to minimise risk of financial stress. The Advice Centre can give you more information if you would like to find out more.

VISA Guidance

Advice for international students

UKCISA External Advice

Advice and guidance

As we already mentioned, you can still make use of the Careers and Employability Service after you graduate. Prospects also has some useful tools and information.

After you graduate, Shelter can give you free housing advice. The Citizens Advice Bureau offer a free advice service to all UK residents. They are a great starting point for any issue you have e.g. consumer problems, benefits advice, neighbour disputes etc.