New Students: Working After Your Studies

Wondering  about what lies ahead after your studies? This week’s blog post, written by Kirsten Roche from the University’s Careers Service, focuses on work opportunities.

Start planning for your career today!


Whether you are coming to Edinburgh to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level you can never start planning for your career too early.

The University of Edinburgh has a friendly, professional and award winning Careers Service. We will work with you to help you think about what you want to do next, finding part-time work in Edinburgh, finding summer work experience and support you with the job application process both for the UK and overseas.

We have links with employers in multiple industries and countries – look out for our employer events both on campus and online. You can find out more about what we have to offer on our website or come and talk to us at one of the many Welcome Week events, including International Day.

At the Careers Service we specialise in supporting students to work in the UK. We also provide some support to students who want to work elsewhere in the world. So regardless of where you want to go, visit our website to see how we can help you.

Postgraduate students need to start job hunting now!


It will take many postgraduate students by surprise that graduate schemes for big recruiters in the UK start to open in August 2016 to start work in autumn 2017. This is also the case in many other countries.

As these schemes will start to close in November it is really important to make time for planning your career and making applications in semester 1 if you plan to go straight into work after your postgraduate course. Look at our online resources for support to develop academic skills for successful postgraduate study and on how to use your time to plan for your future career. You’ll find everything to help you get started on our Supporting Taught Postgraduates website.

Undergraduates – make the most of all Edinburgh has to offer to boost your career

For undergraduates graduation and what may come after will feel like a long way off. However, there is plenty you can do to help your career over the next few years. Your time studying at Edinburgh will develop skills and attributes in you that are very desirable to employers around the world.

While you are here you can also take advantage of developing your skills outside of your studies by getting involved in clubs and societies at the University. You can also take advantage of opportunities for voluntary work, part-time jobs and summer work, for example at the Edinburgh Festivals which are currently taking place.

The Careers Service can help you identify the best way to develop your skills. You can find out more on our website, which has information specifically for international students:


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