As your time at University comes to an end, now is the time to make sure you are prepared to transition to the next stage of your life, whatever that might be. You might already have an idea of what you want to do next, which is great, but if not, don’t worry. We’ve put together this blog to help you with your next step.

Refine your career plans with the Careers and Employability team
It’s okay to not know what career you want to pursue. Teesside University offers an award-winning Careers and Employability Team who that support you to map out your future career and explore your options.

Even if you know exactly what you want to do and how to get there, we would still encourage you to book an appointment with our team as they can support and advise on interviews, your job search, and applications.

Book an appointment with the team:


Gain experience for your future career
Work experience, placements or an internship are great ways to get experience before you start your career. If you don’t feel ready for the workplace, or you’re unsure about which career path to take, taking the time to gain work experience or doing an internship could be a great option for you.

Work experience can also help you to stand out from the crowd on applications for future job roles and help you decide what to do next.

Teesside University’s Student Futures Team can support you to gain experience in a field you are interested in.

Book an appointment with the team to explore your options:


Identify postgraduate study options and funding available
Staying on to study a postgraduate degree might be the perfect option for you. Postgraduate study can improve your career prospects and help you to climb the career ladder.

A postgraduate qualification might be essential for certain careers, and we would advise you to do your research if you know what job role you want to pursue.

If you’ve loved studying your undergraduate degree, a postgraduate qualification can help take your knowledge to the next level. It can support you to build connections in industry and enhance your skillset in a sector you are passionate about.

Or, if you want to pursue a career in a different field to your undergraduate degree, a postgraduate qualification can help you to change direction and gain additional knowledge and skills.

Plus, if you stay at Teesside University you can benefit from a 20% discount towards your postgraduate taught degree tuition fee*.

Not a Teesside Uni graduate? No problem, you can still benefit from our academic excellence award that gives you a 20% discount towards your postgraduate taught degree tuition fee if you have completed and graduated with first-class honours from an undergraduate degree at any other university*.

Find out what your options look like at our next postgraduate open day:


Become self-employed and start your own business
Working for yourself can be very rewarding. If you are hardworking, entrepreneurial and have an idea for a business, becoming self-employed could be the perfect next step.

If you have a passion and an outline of a business idea, Teesside University can support you to make your dream a reality. We offer the Launchpad FUEL programme which is an intensive 7-week graduate start-up programme. The programme offers you the experience of expert-led workshops, mentoring and support.

Find out more and apply:


Take a gap year and travel
Seeing the world, exploring, and immersing yourself in different cultures is a life-changing experience. You could volunteer, learn a new language or work at a summer camp to help equip you with valuable life skills.

It’s important to consider who you might want to travel with, where you want to go, what work opportunities you want to pursue and a budget that you’ll stick to.

Travelling can also inspire you and help to shape future career decisions.