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What Do I Do Next?

   

After all the stress and activity of finishing your degree… you begin to realise that you have to think about what you are going to do next. Should you get a job? Start a business? Study further? There are a myriad of possible paths to take and decisions to make… it can all be a bit bewildering.

Below are details of organisations that may be able to help you whatever you decide to do next.

   
    Design Business Support
    Design Wales Forum
    A network for designers in Wales providing creative business support and professional development opportunities
    www.designwalesforum.org



    Business Advice
   

Business Wales

    Business support and advice from the Welsh Government
business.wales.gov.uk
   

Venture Wales

    Business support and advice for graduate businesses
www.venturewales.com
   

Start-ups

    Good online resource for start-up businesses
    www.startups.co.uk
    Inland Revenue
    Tax guidance for start-up businesses
    www.hmrc.gov.uk/startingup/index.htm



    Business Networking
    If you are intending to set up in business, it is important that you try and connect with businesses that can become your clients. Websites such as LinkedIn are a good way to find business networks in your area.



    Career Advice
    Careers Wales
    Welsh based careers advice
    www.careerswales.com

    Go Wales
    Welsh based careers service offering work experiences
    www.gowales.co.uk



    Further Study
    Below is a list of universities in Wales offering post-graduate design courses

    Cardiff School of Art and Design
    cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org

    Glyndwr University
    www.glyndwr.ac.uk

    South Wales University
    www.southwales.ac.uk

    University of Wales Trinity St David
    www.uwtsd.ac.uk/

    Welsh School of Architecture
    www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/maurbandesign.php

    Welsh School of Music and Drama
   

www.rwcmd.ac.uk


    Intellectual Property Information
    Intellectual Property Office
    Accessible information about all aspects of intellectual property
    www.ipo.gov.uk
    A.C.I.D.
    Design protection organisation
    acid.eu.com



   
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