Explore alternative options

There are many directions in which you could travel following your graduation. While most students take the route of graduate employment schemes, what if that is not for you? 

Three other routes that you may be considering are:

Self-employment and enterprise

Does the idea of self- employment, or just generally developing enterprise skills appeal to you? Perhaps you have an idea and you dream of seeing it come to market. If this is the case, there are many things apart from your CV that you need to think about. 
There are lots of resources across Aston University to nurture and develop enterprising students. Bseen, which you will find on the Student and Graduate Enterprise link below, offers not just advice but practical help too, such as office space and free training.

Student & Graduate Enterprise careers

Student and Graduate Enterprise

Explore Aston Enterprise for help and advice about self employment and enterprise, to find events and workshops that will help you to develop practical entrepreneurial skills and to get support from the Bseen scheme

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Make your passion a success book

Make your Passion a Success

How to create great ideas and start your own business’ is a brilliant e book aimed at young entrepreneurs

Read Make your Passion a Success


Aston entrepreneurs case studies

Feeling nervous about going it alone? Read some inspirational stories from Aston graduates who have successfully launched their own businesses with the help of the Bseen scheme

Find out more

Charity and Public Sector Work

For many, career decisions are vocational. If there are issues that you care deeply about, or you aspire to shape and care for our society, then your career choice may take you down a charity or public sector route. The Prospects database is a great place to start your research.

Prospects charity and voluntary work
Prospects public services and administration

Further study and funding

More to learn? If you are considering continuing your education and studying for a Masters, head over to our Further Study and Funding page. Here you will find helpful advice and alternative ideas for securing funding to enable you to continue your studies.

Pay us a visit! 

Come and browse the C+P library, where we have a wealth of books you can borrow about starting your own business, developing enterprise skills and working for charities and in the public sector. Or make an appointment to see a careers consultant, who will help you to crystallise your thoughts and provide relevant and useful resources.