The past academic year has been incredibly challenging for everyone but especially you – our graduating students – and we want to make sure the University is here to help you in your next steps. I know how hard you have all worked to get this far, and for that, we are immensely proud of each and every one of you. You should take great pride in how you have risen to the challenges of these unsettling times and in all you have achieved during your time with us.
We have put together a range of opportunities designed to support you in taking your next steps, whether this is engaging in further study, helping you shine when applying for jobs, nurturing your entrepreneurial ambition, or providing you with relevant and valuable work experience.
Completing your studies can often feel like the end of an era, and you might be wondering, 'what's next?', please take a look at the support that is available and remember the University of Wolverhampton is here for you.
Thank you, and stay safe
Professor Julia Clarke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Class of 2021
The Class of 2021 programme aims to support you through these challenging times by offering tailored advice and guidance on what the right next steps are for you.
Now that you’re in your final year of university, it’s natural to start thinking about what comes next.
Whatever goals you have in mind, the Careers, Enterprise and the Workplace team are here to help. So, whether you're nearly finished or still at the start of your career planning, book in to speak to one of our advisors.
The Careers, Enterprise and the Workplace team can help with:
- Generating career ideas and exploring different options
- Identifying your skills and applying them to your chosen career
- Researching graduate jobs, schemes and internships
- Creating a CV
- Effectively marketing yourself to prospective employers
- Developing your professional online presence
- Consider further study options
A mentor is someone who gives you support, encouragement, advice and who shares their knowledge, insights and skills from the position of being further ahead in their career and experience of life.
Our mentors are professionals who have forged successful careers, and many are former students of the University of Wolverhampton. We aim to pair you with a mentor from your chosen career or industry, giving you a special insight into how you can get ahead and make yourself stand out to potential employers.
The benefits of mentoring are enormous. Mentors can:
- Give you an insight into what it’s like in a particular job or industry that you wouldn’t get anywhere else – useful if you’re making career choices and applying for jobs.
- Provide advice about how to “get in” – for any career; it’s vital to know what employers are looking for so you can build the right skills, knowledge and experience.
- Introduce you to others in their field – getting work in some fields tends to be through people who know rather than formally applying for advertised jobs. Having a mentor working in the field you want to enter can unlock doors and help you build useful contacts.
- Offer work shadowing and work experience opportunities – work experience is essential to get into professional level careers, but it can be hard to secure; however, some of our mentors can offer support.
- Help you craft an industry-specific CV and prepare for interviews – mentors know first-hand what employers in their area look for.
- Share their experiences – everyone faces barriers of some sort when establishing their career. Hearing how your mentor overcame theirs can help you tackle your own.
Having a mentor is a fantastic way to progress your career. Everyone needs a mentor!
Hear from those involved
Fiona is now a recent graduate from the University of Wolverhampton and took parting in mentoring for two years. Her mentor supported her to build emotional intelligence, develop her communication skills and decide her next steps.
David is a Business Management graduate from the University of Wolverhampton and has been a mentor for two years. During this time, he has appreciated the opportunity to share his experiences with students to help guide them on the next steps of their career journey.
Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills, enhance your CV and give something back to the community.
The Workplace team provide advice, guidance and support to help you find the right opportunity for you. They also promote opportunities from a wide variety of voluntary and community groups both locally and nationally, with long and short term opportunities available.
You may decide postgraduate study is the best step forward. Whether you are looking to increase your employability, enrich your CPD or progress to the next step in your career, a postgraduate qualification at the University of Wolverhampton can open the door to many new opportunities.
As a University of Wolverhampton graduate, you could also be eligible for a 20% discount on postgraduate taught programme fees.
- Course search
- Guidance on how to apply for a postgraduate course
- Discount for University of Wolverhampton graduates
- Fees and funding
At the University of Wolverhampton, we focus on developing our Postgraduate students leadership skills and knowledge to not only enhance their career prospects but give them the confidence needed to lead the pack in whichever area they study in. We recognise the need to be flexible and supportive, to put each student first, enabling them to fulfil their potential.