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Options After University

Options After University

I want to find out more about my options after university

I don't know which career to choose

Choosing your career

Working out what job or career to do can be difficult. Some people know from a young age what they would like to do, but for most of us things are a bit more complicated. The key to career choice is to be aware of yourself; what are your strengths and weaknesses, what do you like/dislike about work and what are you really interested in?

There are several things that can help with this, including skills checks, computer guidance programmes, aptitude tests and psychometric assessments. This should be followed by a period of research which may include reading as much as you can about areas of interest, talking to people who already do the work and possibly getting some work experience. Added to this, you will need to take into consideration your own circumstances with regard to finances and commitments. You also need to check what opportunities there are in Guernsey in your area of interest if you intend to return and stay here.

Subject related

You may have chosen a subject that matched your career idea. This might be the first stage of your career plan and could be required study for your profession. However, if you have chosen a subject on the basis that you enjoy it but you don't have a clear career goal, you will still be able to utilise the level of education and the transferable skills you have acquired in order to help you into higher level employment. Many graduates go on to work in areas unrelated to their subject. This still leaves the issue of which career to choose once you've completed your studies.

Prospects - For information about options with your subject and other Careers Advice for graduates.

Research and self awareness

There are several tools that can help you begin to get an idea of careers that might be suitable for you. Although these can be useful, they can only be used as a starting point for further investigation.

Total Professions - 'career chooser' tool, information about Professional qualifications and international career opportunities.

Job Profiles - Research jobs and careers. Find out what skills, qualities and qualifications you need for particular roles

Making an informed decision

Once you have all the information you need, you should be able to make a balanced and informed decision. If you still feel you need to talk things through before making a final decision, you can speak to one of the Careers Advisers at Careers Guernsey.

I want to know what other graduates do

What do other graduates do?

Surveys undertaken six months after graduation show that graduates both locally and nationally go on to a wide variety of things after completion of their first degree. This usually will mean employment, further study or some time out in the form of a Gap Year.

Local graduates

All local students who completed their First or Foundation degree were contacted six months after graduating to find out what they were doing and where they were located. The responses were:

67% were employed

22% continued on to Post-graduate qualifications of 'topped up' their Higher Education qualification.

4% were on a Gap Year

54% were back living in Guernsey

Employment and subject areas

The survey showed that many graduates went to work in areas that were unrelated to their degree subject area. For a full break down of local and national graduate destinations follow the links on this page.




I would like to explore post-graduate options

Post-Graduate study

If you're considering carrying on with your studies then you will need to consider several things. In the main it is important that you consider the options at the end of this next level of study, the costs involved and the rules around funding. You should also think about the reasons why you are taking on Post-Graduate study and what advantages it will give you in your future career.

Prospects Website Careers Information for graduates, including advice on choosing a course.

Research Your Course

The process of application for Post-Graduate courses varies. Some universities are signed up to the UKPASS sevice operated through UCAS. Applications for Post Graduate teacher training now also go through UCAS (formerly GTTR). For most other courses the process is through direct application to the institution of your choice.

UCAS Post-Graduate Section

Eligibility of Channel Islanders

For most courses, application as an Islander is straight forward. You should be aware that there are certain courses that are restricted to UK or EU residents only. In the main these are Health related and can include for example, Graduate Medicine entry and Clinical Psychology. If you are applying for courses such as these, you should ensure that you have any offer in writing before commiting yourself to any costs.


There are particular rules around funding for Post-Graduate courses and you should read the notes on this carefully prior to making any application. Be aware that there is a strict deadline on applications for Post- Graduate awards, and this is usually June 30th of the year your course would start.

Post Graduate Funding