After completing your degree, you may find yourself unsure of what direction to take next – find out below about the variety of options available to you.

You’ve just completed your hard-earned degree after years of dedication. Then suddenly, you’re immediately faced with another important decision; what to do now? Some graduates will have a clear idea about their next moves once their degree is complete, however for many, knowing what to do next is a question they find hard to answer.

Everyone’s journey is different, and here are just some of the options you can consider when deciding the next steps in your life.

Full-time employment

The first option that springs to mind for most graduates is to find full-time employment and start to pay off some of the debt accumulated over the previous three to four years.

A number of employers provide graduate schemes aimed at helping newly qualified candidates into work and can enable you to build valuable relationships within a given industry whilst enhancing your CV.

Competition can be fierce, so start applying for roles as early as you can. Finding ways to get ahead of other candidates is always crucial. Any work experience or volunteering to support your knowledge will only help you stand out from other applications, and being proactive in your search for job roles by communicating directly with employers will further improve your chances.

Whilst the majority of graduates will search for employment opportunities relevant to their degree, choosing to go down a different route and try something new can provide you with a fresh impetus and new lease-of-life, particularly if your degree has caused you to fall out of love with the subject area.

Find more information on a variety of career paths available to graduates here.

Continuing your studies

Another option available to graduates is to continue your studies. There is a wide variety of postgraduate possibilities available to you, some of them include:

Although some can doctoral courses can be expensive, they can improve your future employability and open up a number of additional employment opportunities for graduates. These qualifications are not always required to get into work, however, so it is crucial to do your research before deciding to continue. The step-up in difficulty often requires higher levels of dedication to get the most out of them.


Internships are another excellent option for graduates and can provide you with an opportunity to get your foot in the door at a large company or organisation. They are usually for a set period of time and often paid, providing valuable experience in a specific job-role and vital connections within the industry, useful for furthering your career potential.

There are many internships available across a broad variety of sectors, find out more about their benefits and advice on finding the right one for you.

Take of break or travel abroad

Many graduates decide to take an extended break after their studies to recharge their batteries, or even travel overseas to experience different parts of the world and their cultures. In some cases, this can give graduates a little breathing room and extra time to consider their next move.

For those that can afford it, choosing to travel can provide graduates with the opportunity to meet new people and establish new professional relationships. Some surveys even that show candidates who take a gap year doing something different or travelling abroad are more employable as it shows employers you are independent, adaptable and willing to take risks.