This diagram shows the main elements of career planning.
- Know Yourself
First you need to know what skills, abilities and achievements you already have. Knowing this will help you decide what you can do and what you want to do in a career.
- Research your Options
As there are so many jobs and sectors available, you might not know what’s possible. Doing basic research can help determine both what you want and what you don’t want – helping to narrow down your choices and search options.
- Gain Experience and Develop your Employability
The graduate job market has always been competitive and with an increasing number of graduate looking for employment, it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. Work experience will show employers that you have the practical skills they are looking for as well as the academic credentials.
- Reviewing Choice and Taking Action
Take action by finding work experience, creating an up to date CV, applying for jobs or applying for further study.
Career Planning with your Studies
You may expect not to think about your career until your final year but it’s important to plan early, begin thinking about what you may want to do when you graduate and make the most of the opportunities at University.
This is the year to research your options and gain experience. You can do that by:
- Identifying Careers
Have a look at roles you’re currently interested in and look at the qualifications, experience and requirements you will need
- Gaining Experience
Participate in work experience by gaining part time employment or volunteering
During your second year, you will already be beginning to develop your employability and personal skills which are highly valued by employers.
This is the year to make decisions and gain more experience. You can do that by:
- Deciding your Next Steps
Are you planning on going into further study or employment? Find out about job/internship opportunities and when to apply, Research employers you may want to work for and find out how they recruit, Learn about potential study subjects, find out about funding and how to apply for courses.
- Gaining (more) Experience
Participate in work experience, seek guidance on creating and updating your CV and completing applications, attend mock interviews.
This guide will give you an indication of deadlines and timelines you will need to know during your final year of study. It also reminds you about how to develop your skills to increase your employability.
This is the year to apply for employment or apply for further study. You can do that by:
Seeking and Gaining Employment
Get your CV up to date, attend mock interviews and gain advice and support on completing applications and personal statements
Pursuing Further Study
Choose your ideal course and apply for funding and attend open days.
One to One Appointments
Professional careers guidance is available to help students increase their self-awareness, and go on to make and implement decisions about their future careers. Advice is also available on applications, CV’s and interviews.
Business Advice appointments are available to help you if you are considering setting up a business.
If you would like to make an appointment, please complete a One to One appointment booking form available from the Resource Centre in the Hardy Building or email firstname.lastname@example.org.