Sources of support and advice
The best people to consult about careers matters are staff at your university careers service. They can help you with thinking about career choice, making plans, developing skills, work placements, applying for jobs, setting up in business and many related areas. Remember – you don’t have to know what you want to do in order to get useful advice from them!
Other people can help you with other issues - here are a few suggestions:
- Your departmental personal tutor is the first port of call for any academic issues but will also be able to point you in the right direction for any other concerns or questions that you have.
- The Students’ Union (SU) is set up to support all students during their studies and will have trained advisers to help you with practical issues around money, study and accommodation, for example.
- Your university or college will also have staff trained to help you with any issues that you might encounter. These will be called different names at different institutions but may have the umbrella title of ‘Student Services’ or similar. Again, they can help with study, financial, personal and other issues.
And finally, your family and friends can be a major source of help and support so don’t forget them. They know you best so can sometimes provide a different – but friendly - perspective for you to consider.
All the graduates on this website have something useful to say about their sources of help and advice so see what you can learn from them.
Further help & information
- It was really useful talking to a recent graduate
- Sports club helped me achieve career ambition
- Volunteering helped me get a taste for work
- Friends are going through the same process
- Talk to lecturers about the industry
- Careers service were helpful when looking for jobs
- Internship gave me a real feel for work
- Applying for graduate jobs early really paid off
- Developed personal skills while volunteering
- Degree module helped me secure a promotion
- Family were useful to talk to when looking for jobs
- Academic staff had really good industry links
- Tutors were supportive when discussing career ideas
- Subject department helped organise summer internship
- Year abroad had biggest impact on my career
- Work experience helped to achieve career goal
- Shared experiences with course mates
- Used contacts to organise a work placement
- Degree subject was the most important part of my university experience
- Talking to people helped me understand more about the job market
- Lecturer organised valuable work placement
- Society role enhanced career prospects
- Should have put greater effort into academic work