Graduating in 2021

We’re very aware that graduating in these uncertain times is challenging and want to reassure you that we are here and ready to help.

We can help you with any aspect of your career whether that’s the impact of Covid-19 on your plans, preparing for online recruitment activities or how to develop your career skills.

Read through the scenarios below and delve deeper into the ones that best suit your current situation. You will find suggestions and support tailored to your needs. 


Where are you with your career plans?

I'm not sure what I want to do next

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The good news: you don't need to have everything figured out yet.

Start by using our resources below to help you identify potential areas of interest then speak to us for advice.

Explore your options


I'm worried about the job market

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The good news: things are slowly but surely returning to normal. More opportunities will become available as the economy opens up.

Below are some things you can be doing now to help keep your career plans moving.

What you can be doing


I want to gain work experience

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The good news: in response to Covid-19 some work placements moved online, and new innovative approaches created.

Develop your career skills and find opportunities below.

Gain experience


I don't know where to look for job opportunities

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The good news: we have gathered a list of national and international jobs boards as well as exclusive vacancies on MyCareer. 

Start with the links below for tips on finding vacancies, networking and understanding the different graduate job options.

Find opportunities


I've been applying but haven't had a job offer

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The good news: we have lots of resources to help you ace the application process from workshops to 30-minute online courses.

Use our resources to practice psychometric tests, view example CVs and brush up your interview technique.

Perfect your approach


I want to carry on my academic studies

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The good news: there is always demand for highly skilled graduates who have specialised to develop their expertise.

Hear from postgraduate students about why they decided to pursue further study and where it is leading them. 

Follow your passion


Talk to us


Whether you are a current student or graduate, speak with a careers adviser about your career path, how to get into a certain sector, making applications and the impact of Covid-19 on your plans.

Get in touch

Students - book an appointment

Alumni - speak to an adviser

Business School postgraduate students and alumni

Careers support for students and alumni of MBA, MSc and PhD.

Business School Postgraduate Careers team

Graduating in 2021 podcast series

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The graduating class of 2008 and 2009 entered a very unstable and uncertain graduate job market. As the impact of the global pandemic has had a similar impact on the job market we wanted to put your questions and concerns to members of our 2008/09 graduating class.

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Be a part of the University of Nottingham alumni community 

A global community of 300,000 Nottingham graduates, with opportunities for all. Find immersive masterclasses and webinars, professional courses and networking sessions, or inspirational live talks and roundtables hosted by members of our alumni and University community.

Those graduating this year can join any of the events advertised.