About to graduate? Where are you in your career planning? Are you walking into a job, have no idea what you’ll be doing or are you somewhere in between? In this mini blog series, we will look at the support available to you through your Careers and Employability Service.
We all progress through our careers at different rates, making our own choices about what is important to us and what is not. This is how it should be as we are all individuals with different goals. No matter where you are in your career journey, your Careers and Employability Service can help you take your next steps.
One useful tool that offers support is 50 Ways to Get a Job That Makes Good. This allows you to either focus on where you are now in your career or to work through 50 useful steps to help you advance your career.
Part one – I have no idea what I’m doing next – help!
If you’re not sure what you want to do next you can access a career planning appointment with one of our careers advisers. This could be on campus, by phone or via Skype. We can help you to look at what options might be available to you and what you would need to do to move forward in each. Ultimately you have to decide what you want to do, however, we can offer guidance on where your choices could take you.
Our top tip is to remember that if you choose to move into a specific career now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay in it for the rest of your life. Many people become ‘career changes’ at different points throughout their lives; using the skills and experience they have developed to move their career in a new direction. It is also becoming more common to have what is called a ‘Portfolio Career‘, which involves doing different jobs at the same time. This is particularly common in the creative industries, and is also being seen more regularly in ‘traditional’ working environments, e.g. teaching, business ect…
Here are some useful online tools available to you:
- Go on Blackboard and click on ‘Jobs and Careers’ and then ‘Planning Your Career’.
- Try out the Prospects Career Planner.
- Have a look at this webpage for ‘What can I do with my degree?’
- Did you know that your degree could open the door to a variety of different careers, not just the subject you studied? Find out more from Target Jobs.
If you have a careers query, would like feedback on an application or would like to arrange an appointment with one of our advisers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employers regularly contact us with vacancies that they want to advertise to University of Cumbria students and graduates. It only takes a few minutes to sign up then you can search for vacancies and set up e-mail alerts for jobs in your area of interest. Join the Job Shop!
Good luck with your next steps!
Careers and Employability Coordinator