Explore your talents and interests to find out what career might be right for you.
If you are unsure of what you want to do after leaving university, be assured that this is not unusual and many of your friends will find themselves in a similar position. We are here to help you explore your options and to find a career that suits your interests and talents.
Although this process can take time, it is worthwhile because the more research you undertake, the more informed your choice will be, and the more likely you are to embark on a rewarding and stimulating career
A good place to start is by undertaking a self-assessment to get a better understanding of occupations that suit your skills and interests.
The following tool will help you assess yourself, but please do make an appointment with a Business School Career Development Adviser to discuss your results.
Graduate Prospects is the UK's official graduate careers website. The Prospects Planner matches your skills, motivations and desires to a career that might suit you.
Before you can begin researching your career it's important to be clear about what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you find interesting, what you enjoy doing and importantly, what you don't enjoy doing… after all, you spend a lot of time at work so it's important you choose a career you enjoy.
Also, think about what is important to you in a job, what are your values and motivations? Remember it's not all about how much you get paid, this will only keep you motivated for so long.
Remember that even if you have no idea what you want to do when you graduate it's important to develop a range of transferable skills while at university through work experience and extracurricular activities. These will not only enhance your CV but will also give you a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses and the things that you enjoy doing.
Set up an informational interview
An "informational interview" is a meeting in which you ask for career and industry advice rather than asking for a job. Use these meetings to get information, find job leads and expand your network.
- Think about what you can do to take your first step into fields of interest and possible opportunities to help build your career.
- Look at your interests, skills, motivations and achievements to date, think about what opportunities to work or study after graduation would best suit you.
- Compare your skills, motivations and achievements to date with what's needed to succeed in getting into some jobs and careers. Be ambitious, but also be realistic too. Think hard about what you can do now or when you graduate to make yourself a great candidate for jobs you really want that will be tough for you to get.
Please feel free to book a fifty minute appointment with a Business School Career Development Adviser to discuss your career options.