University: Jobs After Education

I remember going into sixth form (gulp, five years ago!) pretty much determined that I wasn’t going to university. I didn’t see the point of the expense, I was set on an accountancy course. My parents have never pressured me to do anything, but they’ve always made me find out about each option – something I’m so grateful for as quite clearly I changed all my plans!

 photo Employment After Education_zps5rzlkw4d.pngKnowing how difficult I found it deciding what to do, I’m pleased to bring you this guest post talking about various employment options after university;

“You’ve taken your first steps, made the journey through school and now you’re embarking on your career. If you’re still unsure of what you want to do, read on to find out more about the potential routes you can take.


Apprenticeships are a great option as they enable you to train on the job while also bringing home a weekly or monthly wage.In many cases, if an apprentice impresses, they could even be offered a permanent position after completing their studies.

They’re available in a range of sectors and some of the UK’s biggest companies offer them. For example, Nifty Lift offers a wide range of engineering apprenticeships, which could be a great way into this tough industry for the right candidate.
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University & Graduate Schemes

University is a great option if you want to continue their studies or attain a career where a higher level qualification is needed. However, after graduating, it can be difficult to secure a job that makes use of new skills.

Graduate schemes are a great entry route to well-paid positions in some of the world’s leading companies. Competition can be tough though, so CVs need to stand out from the crowd if they are to be selected for an interview.

More information and tips about graduate schemes can be found at Save the Student.

Don’t Feel The Pressure

Pressure (from yourself, friends, teachers or parents) to get your head down and hit the books runs the risk of stress, overload and reluctance. Setting unrealistic expectations will place extra stress on yourself — it’s the last thing you need while deciding what they want to do for a career.

Just try to do the best you can do and take your time in choosing the most suitable route for you. Remember, academic paths aren’t for everyone and you can still succeed via alternative means.”

I hope you find this useful – I know I would have really appreciated some simple, short, down-to-earth guidance when I was thinking about what to do. In a way I’m still in the same boat as I’m applying for grad roles and deciding what kind of actuary I want to be. I think I know, I’m just having a case of ‘maybe the grass is greener.’ Growing up is so confusing!

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How did you find the job search when you finished education? I’m so nervous for applying to grad roles!

  • Clare Purdy

    As an Engineer who dropped out of 6th form and entered an apprenticeship I can honestly say it is the way to go. University did not prepare me in any way for my job. I did an apprenticeship for 2 years, decided to go to uni (worked in the summers for sponsorship) and then came back as a graduate, 8 years after I first started I am working in the same team (albeit in a higher up position) and have forgotten everything I learned at uni (nice unnecessary loan then… but I did meet my husband there so not all bad.

    However. 9 years ago (ouch) when I started 6th form, I did so thinking it was the only option, I had a break down about leaving because I didn’t know what to do, I thought I had to do 6th form and then uni before thinking about work, I really hope that all the work organisations like STEMNET are doing teaches people otherwise and encourages more people to take the alternative routes.

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much for sharing your story – it’s great to hear other people’s experiences. I myself am only at university as it’s the only route into the career I want – I do think I would have done an apprenticeship otherwise! x

  • This is a brilliant post. I study and over the summer I doing an internship with my University – this is a scheme that the Uni offers to prepare people for work and offer real experiences in itself, alongside the fact that my job role has fair amounts of supporting students into employment and boosting things like confidence and skills particularly with more vulnerable students.

    My Uni has an extremely good reputation for employment after studying – because that is what all of their courses aim to offer. When people say that ‘uni does not set you up for the world of work’ it is often because they have spent their degree course partying and dragging themselves into lectures. As a student you have a lot of TIME – particularly over these summer months. I would really advise things like: voluntary work, internships, work experience, freelance jobs in an area of interest, taking a new class and of course utilise your university’s career advice team. Although 1:1 appointments with people to talk about your future can be very daunting, they are also so useful and have a lot to offer.

    Wishing you the best of luck 🙂 x

    • ninegrandstudent

      That sounds like a great experience – it’s nice to hear how supportive your university is. I think getting work experience is key whichever route you take! x