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

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS):

Journey to Work DVD (ask your careers service how you can view this)

Graduate Prospects:

Careers advice


Careers advice

National Union of Students:

Guide to better employability skills
Employment overview