University of Portsmouth graduates offer their advice to graduating students

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From one grad to another  – words of advice from the alumni community

  • 04 July 2022
  • 3 min read

This year's graduation ceremonies are in full swing as more graduates become part of the Portsmouth alumni community.

Former students have been in touch to share what they wish they'd known when they graduated and what advice they'd offer those starting the next part of their journey.


Image of Portsmouth graduate Michael Webber smiling at camera

Do as many extra-curricular things as possible to make you stand out from the crowd, getting a good degree is great but getting into the top employers requires you to stand out.

Michael Webber, BA (Hons) Accounting with Finance, 2017

Hayley Chadwick

BSc (Hons) Sports Development, 2017

Every job you take is good experience. The people you meet along the way and the small lessons you learn are invaluable. Even if the first job you take after university isn’t your dream job or the job you really want, it’s a small step to that bigger goal. Take it, learn from it and move on when new opportunities and development arise. 

Aleksei Gorskov

BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology, 2015

That the future might lead me to places unexpected; that my occupation might not be directly connected with the course that I finished. It's for the best though. It can be even better than your wildest dreams. 

Robin Louise Brighty

BA (Hons) American Studies, 2018

The Careers team at University of Portsmouth are absolute amazing and will help you every step of the way to get your job prospects starting.

Christopher Jones

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering, 2018

Networking is so important, reach out to as many relevant companies as possible, seek advice and experience wherever you can to get your first step on the ladder. Even getting small, temporary experience, is a great opportunity to build your portfolio. 

Image of graduate Shaena Sinclair at her graduation day

Don’t settle! Use this time to explore and figure out what it is you really want. Try not to let other peoples opinions stop you doing what you want to do. If you want to take a break, take a break! And don’t be afraid to take chances.

Shaena Sinclair, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2018

James Tyson

BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, 2014

I wish I'd known how useful LinkedIn is as a tool for finding a job, and networking. It’s never too early to start trying to network.

Sian Meredith

LLB (Hons) Law, 2015

You might not do everything at the same speed as everyone else. Try not to panic - if you work hard it WILL pay off, even if it doesn’t happen as fast as others. Also, huge firms are not the only option available…and that doesn’t mean that your achievements aren’t just as exciting. 

Robert Burbery

BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, 2016

Don’t worry if it takes you a while get your career going once you leave - I had multiple rejections for about 6 months once I graduated, don’t get disheartened. The role meant for you will come along! 

Katie Barton

BA (Hons) Film Production, 2017

That there is no pressure to get a industry job immediately. You need to find what suits you, there is no race in when you have to have a job by. Doing volunteer work and experiences is not a step backward, it will help you in the long run.