As Humza Yousaf returns to speak for the first time in the Scottish Parliament today after his dramatic resignation, following the collapse of the Bute House Agreement, many in Holyrood are wondering what lies ahead for him in his career.

Still only 39, and an SNP MSP since 2011, there is talk that the ambitious former first minister may at some point wish to forge a career outside front line Scottish politics, possibly in the world of humanitarian relief, international relations or support for refugees.

Officially he has not made any suggestions that he is seeking a career outside of Holyrood. He has not given any major interviews since he stepped down as First Minister and the SNP told The Herald he is not be available for interviews for "the next few weeks".

Palestine is the subject of his first address today to fellow MSPs since his farewell statement to them back on May 7 when John Swinney succeeded him as SNP leader and First Minister without a contest.

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Mr Yousaf will call for the Scottish Parliament to urge the UK Government to give "immediate recognition to the state of Palestine" when he leads his member's debate this afternoon.

It is a cause close to his heart after his parents-in-law were trapped while visiting family members in Gaza as it came under bombardment from the Israeli military as revenge for the October 7 attack by Hamas.

(Image: PA) Former First Minster Humza Yousaf featured on the front page of Time magazine when he was in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Since the start of the war, 37431 people have been killed in Gaza including 15000 children, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health. while the 1,139 lives have been lost in Israel.

During his career at the top of government, Mr Yousaf received praise across the political divide of how he responded during a time of immense worry for him and his family.

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He was also respected for attending a service of solidarity at Giffnock Newton Mearns Synagogue for Bernard Cowan, a Scot killed in the Hamas attack, comforting Mr Cowan's mother while his wife Nadia's parents were stuck in Gaza. The couple eventually managed to make it to safety to Egypt and return to Scotland.

Mr Yousaf and Mr Cowan’s mother were pictured embracing each other during the service and he told Mr Cowan's family “your grief is my grief”. 

And during his 13 months in the top job - when his party was rocked by the ongoing police investigation into its finances - he managed to take a lead in work to put Scotland and humanitarian causes on the map in the international arena.

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He attended the UN General Assembly in New York in September last year, announcing £2.5m over the next five years to support a fund which supports global action on the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

During his visit to the UN he also met with the director general of the WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - the first First Minister of Scotland to do so.

And while in New York his photograph glossed the cover of the magazine Time. "Meet Humza Yousaf, the new face of Scotland", the interview with him inside the publication declared.

So could an international role beckon for Mr Yousaf?

Dr Patrick Theiner, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Edinburgh University, said the relative brevity of Mr Yousaf's time in the role of First Minister could be a disadvantage.

"Mr Yousaf just has not had enough time to establish the necessary international profile despite some notable contributions. His appearance at the UN and feature in Time magazine are commendable, but do not match the diplomatic engagements and international recognition that his predecessor Nicola Sturgeon achieved over her years in office," he said.

"He also does not have the domestic track record - notable policies or election victories - to force a UK government's hand. And he is now no longer in a position to significantly elevate either his domestic or international profile under his own power."

However, the academic did suggest his work on Palestine could be a route to a new international role for Mr Yousaf.

"The only opening I see is one that [he] leverages his personal connections to Palestine, and he's been rightly praised for his position in the past months," he added.