Graduate employment and skills guide

Look after yourself

Searching for a job and making decisions about next steps can be stressful which can sometimes impact your health and wellbeing.

You can find information and support for your mental health on the NHS website, including where to go to get urgent help for mental health and information about NHS, charity and voluntary mental health services and how to access them. 

Student Space has resources to help you to make the most of your job search and manage its challenges. That includes articles on how to practise self-care during your job hunt, and how to bounce back from failure when applying for jobs.

Youth Employment UK has a dedicated resource to support graduates who are seeking employment while living with a mental health condition, and practical advice for everyone to maintain wellbeing navigating the labour market, including free access to the mental health app, 87 Percent.

The National Careers Service has a resource on how to bounce back in a tough jobs market, which gives information about how to build your resilience and signposts to further help.

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity, empowering students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health and support others.

The Matthew Elvidge Trust aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of wellbeing and good mental health. It aims to help everyone and particularly young people to develop knowledge and skills to keep mentally healthy. It also gives lots of information about organisations that can provide mental health support.

The Reading Well collections can support you to understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing using helpful reading materials.

The books are recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers.

You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.

Books are available for borrowing and e-lending from all local library branches – check with your local library service for more information.

Published 10 May 2021

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