Planning your career may be the last thing on your mind right now, but your next steps are important. We're here to give you the support you need, whenever you need it.

Our handy timeline will help you stay on track. 

September to December

Check out our events

Sparing that extra hour now could introduce you to your first employer. This is the time they recruit to fill graduate positions, so don’t miss out!

Graduate jobs

Start considering graduate positions, completing applications and sending them off. Practise interview techniques and try out some psychometric testing, which is often used as part of the recruitment process. Preparation will help you feel more relaxed. Many graduate schemes with big-name employers close before the end of the year, so don’t leave it too late to start searching for opportunities.

Postgraduate courses

Considering further study but not sure what course is right for you? It’s time to get researching! Make sure you keep an eye on application deadlines so you don’t miss out.

January to March

Update your CV

Take 30 minutes to make sure it’s all up to date. If you need help, head over to our Resource Library for all the CV help and info you could need. 

Get ready for interviews

If you’re headed straight into the job market after your degree, you’ll want to be ready – and that includes interview prep.

We’ve got lots of helpful resources, from advice and video applications to psychometric testing – used by more and more employees as part of the recruitment process. When you think you’re ready, book your mock interview with a Careers Consultant – practice makes perfect!

April to June

Broaden your horizons

Still unsure of your post-university path? You're not alone. Plenty of graduates are undecided about their perfect career. Whether you go to work with an SME, consider recruitment agencies or want to know your options, there are plenty of routes to choose from. 

What happens next?

You’re focused on exams – we understand. But once you’ve finished them, it’s time to seriously start focusing on your next steps. If you haven’t found a job yet, don’t panic – there will be plenty of great jobs on Aston Futures, as well as other sites. If you’re struggling with anything, make sure to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant

Over the Summer

Graduate Support

As an Aston University graduate, you have access to the full Careers and Placements service for three years after you leave. That means access to Aston Futures, our team of Careers Consultants, employer events and much more.

Useful Resources