You have different options for what to do after university.
- find a job
- apply for graduate schemes
- take an internship
- study more at university, for example take a postgraduate course
- start a business
- take time out to decide
Find a job
You can search for jobs on the My World of Work website.
Your university may have a careers service to help you find a job and may host recruitment fairs.
Find out more information on finding a job.
Find a graduate scheme
If you have an undergraduate degree, you could apply for a graduate training programme. They are sometimes known as:
- graduate placements
- graduates schemes
They offer a set amount of time of structured training and development. The company or organisation will decide how the scheme is structured.
Find out more about graduate jobs on the My World of Work website.
Internships are sometimes called 'work experience' or 'work placements'. They give you a chance to develop your skills and have more to put on your CV before applying for jobs.
You can get more information about internships from the:
Any intern given a 'worker' role must be paid. The only exceptions are if you're working for a charity or a not-for-profit organisation.
Find out more about intern worker rights on GOV.UK.
Further study at university
After you finish an undergraduate degree you could continue to study at university. The courses you could do are called 'postgraduate courses'.
The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) offers some funding for postgraduate study.
Contact SAAS for more information about what's available on 0300 555 0505 then select option 2.
From May to October 2017, lines are open from Mon to Fri 8.30am to 6pm.
The rest of the year, lines are open from Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5pm and Fri 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Find out about call charges on the GOV.UK website.
You may also find funding for postgraduate courses known as 'studentships' on the Research Councils UK website.
Find out more about why you could study a postgraduate course on the UCAS website.
Start a business
Support is available if you've thought about starting your own business or social enterprise.
- join your university's enterprise or entrepreneurship society to develop your skills
- contact the Scottish Institute for Enterprise who support new business ideas from Scotland's students
- visit the My World of Work website for advice and resources
Take time out to decide
You might want time and space to figure out what to do after you graduate.
Volunteering can help you decide what you want to do next. You can get information about volunteering at home or abroad from: