Eight things you should know as a graduate

You've done the hard work and have graduated - but what next? Find out all the things you should know to help you through the next stage of your life.

1. You can still get support from us

Even though you're leaving Sussex, you can still get support from us, including:

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2. There's no rush to leave Brighton & Hove

With many companies based in the city and a thriving digital sector, there is no hurry to leave Brighton & Hove after you graduate.

So if you do want to stay, check our Careers pages for the latest graduate jobs in the area, a list of recruitment agencies in the city, and links to graduate job websites. 

Breathtaking murmurations over Brighton's West Pier, beautifully captured by @a_begley 💕

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3. We have internships and scholarships just for Sussex graduates

Whatever you're considering after you graduate, you may be able to apply for schemes to help you study a new course or get a foot on the career ladder.

These include the Sussex Graduate Scholarship (which includes money off your Masters tuition fees) and internship schemes such as the Sussex Santander internships for students.

You can also search for more internships through CareerHub, our online jobs portal.

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4. It’s totally fine to have no idea what you want to do

It can take time to work out your next steps, and it's worth thinking about all your options and being open to new opportunites. 

You might want to travel, look at further studies or research different career routes, such as graduate schemes or internships.

There are also a range of helpful guides to help you work out what you can do with your degree, including Prospects 'what can I do with my degree?' guides, TARGETjobs graduate career guides and Milkround's graduate advice articles

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5. The friends you make at Sussex will be friends for life

You've gone through many things with your uni friends - freshers week, exam stress, nights out, sharing a house.

Whatever you choose to do next, your friends will be there to support you, share in whatever the future holds and look back on your time at Sussex. 

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6. Don't be afraid to make mistakes

Not being afraid to make mistakes is one of the most important lessons you can learn for life after university.

The first (or even second and third) job you go into is often not the job you will stay in for life, but use each opportunity to learn new skills, build existing ones and gain contacts and experience. 

And while it may take a while to find your feet, your best resource is your support network, so talk to supportive friends and family members. 

7. Making connections will be important

Think about using your Sussex connections to help you find opportunities and work on business ideas after you graduate. You can:

  • join our alumni LinkedIn group, where you can meet and network with more than 10,000 professionals
  • find a Sussex contact through our global network of 270 alumni consuls in 77 countries
  • stay in touch through SussexSphere, our secure online portal for alumni.

Many of our alumni have gone on to create successful businesses with other Sussex students, including:

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8. The best years of your life are yet to come

University is a once in a lifetime experience where you meet other people from all over the world and discover what you're truly passionate about.

But using the skills you have gained and the connections you've made can be the one of the most rewarding things you do after you graduate from Sussex. 

This could include writing a Booker Prize-winning novel (Ian McEwan), becoming Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces (Lucy Worsley) or winning two golds at the Paralympic Games (David Stone MBE).

Congratulations to all of our students graduating this week! We are very proud of you. #sussexuni #sussexgrad

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