Career choice and planning
Choosing a career can be a daunting process; there is no right answer but only one that works for you and, in all likelihood, there are probably many jobs that you would be happy and satisfied to find yourself doing. There are also probably far more jobs out there than you know about so finding out what is available is part of the challenge and the fun.
The graduates on this website have made their career choices and planned their next steps in many different ways so see if you can learn from their experience; they will sometimes inspire you, and sometimes surprise you.
Whatever you do, remember the following:
- Think about yourself – your interests, attributes, personality, skills and motivations – rather than what people say you ought to do.
- Many graduate jobs are open to people from any degree discipline so you probably have more options than you think.
- Start thinking early about your career so you don’t try to do everything in your final year. Beginning in your first year also means that you will take best advantage of any placements, extra-curricular activities and other career-enhancing opportunities that come your way.
- Seek help and advice from others – your institution’s careers service is best placed to help you but don’t forget your family, academic staff, and even your friends!
Further help & information
Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS):Journey to Work DVD (ask your careers service how you can view this)
Graduate Prospects:Types of jobs
Options with your subject
What jobs would suit me?
Inside Careers:Graduate jobs and internships
- Sports club helped me achieve career ambition
- Volunteering helped me get a taste for work
- Work placement made a massive difference
- Work experience will impress graduate employers
- Talk to lecturers about the industry
- Careers service were helpful when looking for jobs
- Think about career options straight away
- Developed personal skills while volunteering
- Always had a clear career idea in mind
- Family were useful to talk to when looking for jobs
- Tutors were supportive when discussing career ideas
- Could have been more reflective
- It was productive having a career to aim for
- Took advantage of university equipment
- Work experience was fundamental in finding a job
- Feel more knowledgeable after university