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Graduate Futures provides ongoing information and guidance to Northumbria graduates. Graduates may use the service free of charge.

We understand that professional, graduate-focused career support is often needed after you graduate. Because of this you can join our Graduate Careers Club to access support and online tools for up to five years after graduation! 

Before you leave Northumbria, you will need to update your details on the student portal to a personal email address on CareersOnline and NU TARGETconnect to access the full service. If you continue your studies with us, you don't need to update anything!

The sections below show you the additional support you can access as part of the Graduate Careers Club. We offer graduate-specific career support and workshops, and work with employers to provide you with opportunities and activities that can enhance your confidence, resilience, skills and self-awareness - and can also show you where to apply for suitable (and even Northumbria-exclusive) graduate vacancies.

The Online Graduate Careers Support video below shows you how to update your details from 01:43 onwards.


While searching, applying and interviewing for positions, you may want support from our specialist careers staff. Graduates can take advantage of our appointments and can book specific graduate appointments that are available flexibly so they can fit around typical office working hours. If you are unable to find an appointment at a suitable time, contact us. All of the content below can be accessed on the exclusive graduate CareersOnline theme, but you can also discuss any of these aspects (and more) with a professional adviser.

We know that entering the graduate job market can be challenging, so offer a range of activities and workshops that are useful for graduates. We will advertise these workshops on our careers events page as well as highlight relevant in-house and external, employer-led events on the graduate-specific version of this website. If you register for the graduate online support you will also receive weekly newsletters with relevant articles, support and vacancies. (You can opt out of these by clicking unsubscribe or changing your profile settings on CareersOnline.)

Finding professional-level jobs that meet the requirements of your skills and expectations can be challenging. Because of this, we offer online-specific lists of suitable websites/articles and offer appointments that can really make the difference to your graduate jobsearch. From Finding Jobs to Researching Career Sectors, Career Planning to Global Work and Self-Employment, we've got everything covered to best support your ambitions!

Did you know many graduate-level jobs have very specific ways in which you apply? From assessment centres, following job specifications and applying using very specific skills and personal qualities - we have a range of support materials available to help you with this and you'll be able to speak to us about your applications at any point.

Starting a graduate job can be unique with new challenges and etiquettes to follow. Because of this, we have written and sourced a range of useful articles and content that can help you settle more effectively in a new position. From teamwork tips, making a great start in a job to tips on how to impress your boss and build a strong reputation; we have lots of great content that can get your career off to a flying start!

As a graduate, your career may evolve and start to include new or additional responsibilities. This can encompass having difficult conversations with peers, developing your/others careers and even learning how to apply for promotions or move companies. To help you with this, we have curated a range of great articles you can access to help you develop your graduate career in the short and long term to help you evolve in the workplace effectively.


We periodically run a mentoring programme for graduates and to look out for details of the next opportunity to join on these Graduate Club pages. A professional mentor shares their knowledge and experience and can help you:

  • set and achieve your career goals
  • develop your skills
  • grow your confidence
  • find opportunities
  • build a professional network

This offer is available to students who have completed an undergraduate programme in English, History, Psychology or Fine Art  (including joint programmes). 

Postgraduate Study

We can support you if you are considering postgraduate study, whether at diploma, Masters or PhD level.   We can help you to explore the career possibilities opened up by PG study, support you in deciding on the right programme for you, advise on how to make best use of the opportunities available and assist you to make great applications.  All discussions are impartial and confidential, aimed purely at helping you to find the best way forward for you.

Student and Graduate Enterprise

Graduates who have a business idea, are currently running a business or want to develop enterprising skills can still access our support 5 years from graduation. We provide one-to-one advice and guidance and host one-to-many activities and events, to support everything from idea generation through to business start-up and expansion. These events are always interactive and create an innovative environment for everyone and their business to grow.

As part of our package of support, we have external mentors who are experts in a wide range of topics including marketing, sales, finance, law and business growth. You can also access our Incubator, which is a dedicated working space for students and graduates who are setting up or running their own businesses.

Take a look at the official data for undergraduate courses on each university at Discover Uni. The data is compiled from an annual survey of recent graduates, Graduate Outcomes. Every year we get in touch with our most recent graduates to conduct the survey. We really appreciate the time you spend completing it. More information on the survey can be found below.

Use your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)  to reflect upon your achievements and enhance your applications to potential employers or other universities. Check out our HEAR pages for further information.

Join your Northumbria Alumni Association and network, keep up to date with all the latest alumni and University news and ensure that you retain the lifelong connections you made whilst studying with us.

Use Northumbria University's Alumni information on LinkedIn to learn about the career paths of more than 150,000  graduates. 

Graduate OutcomesGraduate Outcomes is a national survey to find out what graduates are doing 15 months after leaving university and is delivered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The results feature in national league tables and help current and prospective students plan their careers. Graduates in the survey will receive an email from HESA on behalf of Northumbria University with an invitation to complete the survey online. This may be followed up by phone from IFF Research.

The data collected is important to Northumbria, so please help us by completing the survey when you are contacted to do so, and by keeping your contact details up to date via the Alumni Association.

Please see the website for more information about Graduate Outcomes.

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