How to: be a successful graduate

By Gill Lambert, Career Coach

Does the idea of applying for jobs fill you with dread?

Are you so busy with studying that you haven’t thought about how to build your career yet?

Then you may be missing out on the opportunity to build the skills, experience and evidence that are becoming increasingly important in job applications.

Find out what other graduates have done

Take advice from some graduates from 2011 – 2012 who give their views on the website Graduate Success. They reflect on their university experience – the course, their activities and their career choices – and how these have affected their transition into employment.

The website has videos and comments from graduates that cover:

  • Career choice and planning
  • Work experience and volunteering
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Getting the support of lecturers and tutors
  • General tips and advice

So for instance Rhys gives the following advice:

The long university summer between my first and second year…I just (sort of) sat around. It was kind of fun at times, you know, going out with friends, and not having any responsibilities. But at the end of it, it got quite boring. And I made a pledge to myself not to waste that amazing opportunity again: an opportunity for four months to do whatever you want. And to improve your skill-set, or take advantage of going travelling. And that’s what I did in the following summers. I took an internship at Rolls-Royce. The summer after that I travelled around the United States (with the money I earned at Rolls-Royce). And the time after that I went to the United States again, to work on an American summer camp. And that was a really good opportunity as well. I think all of these things have boosted my potential for getting a job.

Be proactive to maximise your chances of getting a job when you graduate

Take a look at the Graduate Success on

And come and see us in the Careers and Business Relations department to put this advice into action. We can advise you about career options and assist with your CV, cover letters, applications or interview preparation.

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