Taking time out
By time out we mean the period immediately after graduation - anything from three months to a year or more.
Why take time out?
Well for various reasons - here are just a few of them.
Make use of the Careers Service now
You can still make use of the Careers Service up to three years after you graduate and there is an informal agreement with other Careers Services which will allow you some access. However, the level of assistance will not be the same as you can expect as an undergraduate so you should make use of us now when you have the chance.
Plan for your time out by using the Time out section in Information Resources. This includes a list of material in the Careers Service and links to useful websites.
What to do when you return
Having time out is not particularly unusual, however, an employer will want you to be able to talk about your skills and experiences and do so in a positive and analytical manner. Be ready to answer questions such as:
Be aware that if you graduated in a technical or scientific subject, employers may have a concern that your degree has got a little out of date during your period of time out.
If you do take time out make sure it is well planned, your finance is secure, you are clear about what you hope to get out of it and you have thought about what you will do afterwards.