Graduation and beyond

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  • Graduation and beyond

    At a glance

    • Graduation - the ceremony that marks your achievement
    • Alumni - staying in touch with us
    • Careers - how the University can assist
    • Topping up - how you can continue your studies

    While the end of your course may seem a while off, when you are ready to think about what follows, there is ongoing guidance available as well as ways of staying in touch with the University.

    Graduating

    Once you’ve successfully completed your studies and exams you become a graduate. As a Brookes student you are entitled to attend a graduation ceremony on the University’s campus to mark your achievement. Alternatively, you may also choose to graduate at a ceremony hosted by your College, where it is on offer.

    This special day marks the culmination of your academic achievement and many people choose to bring along friends and relatives to witness you receiving your award certificate.

    Learn more about graduation »

  • Michael Kendrew

    The graduation at Oxford was a fantastic experience, never to be forgotten and shared with both family and the close friends I've made while being at the college.

    Michael Kendrew – Business, Management and Communication Foundation Degree at Solihull College
  • Staying connected

    Upon graduation you become a member of the Brookes alumni community. So, wherever you are, and whatever you're doing with your life, you're still part of Brookes.

    The alumni website makes it easy for you to register and then stay connected – with people, opportunities, and the latest events.  Some of the benefits include an alumni discount on postgraduate study for your friends and family (UK and EU applicants only), a mentoring programme and alumni events.

    Learn more about being an alumni »

  • Career development

    You may have a clear idea of what direction you want to take once you have completed your course - or you may be keeping an open mind. Whatever your circumstances, your college and Oxford Brookes can both offer advice and guidance.

    As a Brookes student you can benefit from careers advice from college staff as well as access to the services the University provides related to careers.

    The University service remains open to you for up to three years after you graduate.  It includes guidance on job searching, CVs, interviews and more, with an extensive range of online resources that aim to develop your employability skills and advice on furthering your career. There is also a vacancy service with a range of placement, graduate and part time roles available locally and nationally.

    And if you are on campus you can drop into Careers in the John Henry Brookes Building to talk to someone in person.

    Chantelle Powers

    After completing her foundation degree Chantelle secured a place on an undergraduate scheme at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and will be going on to complete a top-up degree which could possibly be part-funded by JLR. Upon completion she then hopes to secure a place on a their graduate scheme. Chantelle made use of the college careers service after a careers session within the course.

    The course opened doors for me. I’m proud of where I am now. The course developed skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership and customer service which I have been able to apply to my workplace.

    I spoke to the careers service at the college and they helped me to gain hands on HR work experience on a voluntary basis. This and the course as a whole has helped me to decide which specific sector I want to work in - HR. The tutors were really supportive and helpful. They were all there for you through thick and thin and helped with my career development.

    Chantelle Powers - Foundation Degree in Business Management at Solihull College
    Chantelle powers
  • Further study and ‘topping up’

    Once you’ve gained your foundation degree, you have the option with some courses to ‘top up’ to achieve a full honours degree.

    You may choose to continue your studies by entering the third year of an Oxford Brookes bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Alternatively, some of our partner colleges deliver one-year bachelor courses allowing you to study for a full degree locally.

    Postgraduate study is something you may also wish to consider beyond completing a Bachelor’s degree, either with Oxford Brookes or another university. An alumni discount on fees would be applicable, if you chose to study with us.

    Learn more about topping up »

    Robyn Leigh Mills

    Working in social services introduced Robyn to the idea of art therapy as a career. Having always been interested in art, it seemed the perfect way to help people but required an arts related degree followed by a master’s. Having been awarded a BA in Fine Art at Solihull, Robyn is now studying for her master’s at Birmingham City University. She is still interested in pursuing art therapy or phototherapy type community-based work, but is also considering further study for a PhD.

    The course offered plenty of scope to explore my interests and experiment with different techniques. I honestly don’t think I would have got a first class degree anywhere else. The tutors were so hands on. If you ever need them you know where to find them.

    Robyn Leigh Mills – BA Fine Art at Solihull College
    Robyn Leigh Mills