If you have got to this stage without a clear idea of what you want to do as a career, the good news is that it’s not too late! Now is the perfect time to book an appointment with a Career Consultant. They can talk you through some different options, perhaps look at what type of careers other people studying your course in previous years have gone on to do, and look at what you want to get out of your working life.
If you know what kind of job you want, the next challenge is to go out and get it. A good starting point can be to think about the skills you already have, whether from previous work, volunteering or extra-curricular activities. You could use a matrix or checklist to help you recognise and acknowledge these skills, and identify which skills could benefit from further development.
Do you know where to look for work and how to develop a network of contacts to help you in this? Is your CV well-formatted and up-to-date? Do you have a good profile on LinkedIn? Do you know what skills your potential employer will be looking for, such as problem solving and leadership? Are you confident going in to an interview? If not, why not do some research and prepare answers to typical questions, particularly questions that ask you to demonstrate your skills in key areas such as communications or team working.
If you don’t yet feel confident with these fundamental job-seeking skills, why not treat it as a project and set yourself a challenge to develop these skills? It may seem like a lot, but breaking it down into manageable chunks could help. Some suggested activities to include in your project plan could be:
- Book a Careers Guidance appointment
- Analyse your skills
- Search for training or other opportunities to develop your skills
- Review and update your CV
- Create a LinkedIn profile
- Look at other places you can search for jobs
- Prepare for interviews by rehearsing answers to common questions.
Resources for current students at the University of Chester:
- Free interactive workshops provide invaluable opportunities to develop skills in areas such as interview techniques, team working, communications, leadership and project management https://moodle.chester.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=7176
- EYE training – information about our face-to-face workshops: www.chester.ac.uk/eyetraining
- Vacancies – http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/vacancies
- Advice and guidance: http://www.chester.ac.uk/careers/current-students-and-graduates/how-we-can-help