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 at each stage.
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 right now in your career or to work through 50 useful steps to help you advance your career.
Part three – I know exactly where I’m headed!
Have you already taken the first step into your career by securing a job, starting your own business or gaining a place on a postgraduate course? Congratulations! Many would say that you are lucky, however, I prefer to think that people make their own luck by making the most out of every opportunity. A great book about this is Luck is no accident : making the most of happenstance in your life and career by John D. Krumboltz; available in the university library.
Your next step, whatever it may be, is an opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and experience. Whether this is adding to existing experience or trying something new. Many people say that after graduation is when the real work begins; do you know what to expect? One useful guide is Brilliant workplace skills for students & graduates: how to hit the ground running from your first day on the job by Bill Kirton.
You can also find a range of useful online resources:
- Making the Most of a Masters
- Taking the Step from Undergraduate to Postgraduate Study
- Starting a New Job Advice
- Key Questions To Ask When Starting A New Job
- A Survival Guide to Your First Graduate Role
- Business Start-up Guides
If you would like support with how to get the most out of your new job please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also access careers advice and support for up to three years after graduation. Find out more here.
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