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    I finish university in May and graduate in July this year, I have plenty of savings to do any kind of travelling after uni. I am hoping to go into Investment Management as a career. Currently have no job offers - but I do have a temporary employment offer at a small Financial Planning firm in Croydon that would start in August 2016. I also have an offer for a voluntary scheme in Phillipines starting in September 2016.

    My options:

    1) Stick around for summer and sit some professional exams, then go travelling/volunteering until December?

    2) Go travelling straight away in June and worry about finding a trainee investment management role when I come back.

    3) Go on holiday until I graduate then focus on finding a graduate role.

    My two worries are: If I go and can't find anything I want when I get back, or if I dont go and still can't find anything I want and I've wasted time.

    What would this do to my job prospects when I return? I have an internship at a large bank in accountancy, and some work experience at a boutique investment management firms. Also from a Russell Group uni.


    It's possible but chances of getting on a graduate programme for in this year's intake for investment management is slim. Go on holiday and start your job with your financial planning company. Seem like you have good resume. Better than a lot I've seen. When you come back look at investment management entry level roles. If not then go for Big 4. You're still fresh less than a year in the miserable world. During interviews you'll have an interesting story to tell about your holiday. I like hearing holiday stories orovided that you didn't spend it in Cornwall. Nobody likes hearing about Cornwall.
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