What to do in the summer after you graduate


“What are your plans after university?”

Ah, the million-pound question…sick of hearing it yet?

You might feel pressure to spend your summer ‘wisely’ – but this can mean different things to different people.

Read on for suggestions on 3 paths to take and see what appeals to you.




This is a popular option for fresh grads and it’s no wonder. After a solid 3-4 years of studying, travel offers an exciting change of pace.

Whether you want to work abroad for a year in Australia or island-hop in Thailand, there’s a lot to be said for experiencing other cultures and putting yourself out there.

Or maybe you’re strapped for cash, and considering a “stay-cation”?

If you have plans to visit your uni pals in their hometowns this summer, or if you’re an international student looking to tour the UK before you head home, check out our summer accommodation in 17 major cities for super-cheap rooms.


Find work

Keen to jump into the job market, many organised grads secure work in the summer after they’ve graduated. But how do you do it?

There are several different routes into employment, and a good first step is to talk to your university careers service which often remain open to you even after you graduate.

The main options are:

1. Graduate schemes

These are typically run by large employers and offer a structured training programme across 1-2 years. You can search for these here.

2. Jobs in SMEs

A large, corporate environment might not be right for you. In which case, it’s worth looking for entry-level roles in small to medium sized businesses.

3. Internships or volunteering

Both of these routes might appeal to grads without a clear sense of what career they want to go into. Both will give you a taste for different sectors and roles, without locking you in for a long period of time. You can look for these here.

If you do secure a short working stint in a new city over the summer, Liberty Living offers affordable accommodation for flexible short and long-term stays.


Get things in order

Sadly, summer isn’t just 3 long months of nothingness anymore. Now you’re out of uni, it’s time to start adulting.

The world is your oyster, and you don’t have to figure out exactly what you’re going to do with your life right away. However, there are some steps you can take to set yourself up for success.

Polishing up your CV and creating a LinkedIn account (to include your shiny new degree) are both good preliminary activities to do before you start job hunting.

They will act as your passport into the career you want so make sure you spend time on getting these right.

TIP: If you have a family friend or an old course mate who’s working in the sector that interests you, ask them to check your CV or LinkedIn profile and give you some pointers.

While you’re in admin-mode, why not get it all out of the way at once? For example, if you need to open a graduate bank account or sort your plan for moving out of your parents’ house – get it done now while you have the time.

And finally, just remember that we all have different paths after graduation, and there’s no one 'right' course of action.

Don’t listen to anyone who tries to dictate the direction your life should be going in – it’s for you decide. Good luck!


Keep reading: How to kick-start you career while you’re still studying