Advice for mature students getting your dream job can be hard, but it can be even harder if you are entering the job market as a mature graduate. However, older graduates have the one thing that younger graduates dream of - experience - whether thats from work or life. The careers blog guardian careers why the job market is even tougher for mature graduates you left your job to go back to uni, got a first, but no-one will employ you. some mature students may have few or no previous qualifications, and may be taking access to he diploma courses, or enrolling on their first degree course based on their work or life experiences. Others may be returning to do a postgraduate qualification or a degree in a new subject area as part of their career progression. The majority of mature students study at a university local to them. However, if your choice is not limited to a location, its worth considering what type of student body you want to be a part of. Mature students play a huge part in the life of the uks higher education sector, and the healthcare professions in particular welcome the experience that mature students can bring. Case study find out how mature student claire balanced a full time degree course and family commitments. We encourage students very early on to think about their career plans, says sarah janes, its deputy director of student services. the careers and employability service remains open, though in a virtual capacity. Students can still view vacancies, book appointments for a cvapplication review, have a mock interview or receive careers guidance. Financial support for students in wales, scotland and northern ireland may differ from the information listed above. We recommend contacting the relevant bodies in these countries northern ireland - visit the northern ireland direct government services website.