Of course it all depends on where your starting point is. Many students and recent graduates have a clear idea of their next step after University, others do not. Even if you have studied a subject that links to a particular career, you will still have a range of options to choose from.
Plan of action
There is no single way to approach career planning as everyone makes decisions in different ways. Your career planning may be influenced by:
Try the following:
You need to understand yourself and look at the direction that points you in. This is not always easy to do! Download a copy of 'See the bigger picture: Planning your career' available on the right, for a simple step by step outline of how to progress your career ideas.
Search Prospects the UK's official graduate careers website and use the section 'What jobs would suit me?' which will match your skills and interests to potential occupations.
Make use of 'Profiling for Success', an online assessment package provided by the Careers Service for University of Sheffield students and graduates. It includes three personality type indicators to help you understand yourself.
Add your username and password to get the access codes. If you are a recent graduate, call into the Careers Service or email us at:
You will need to research the various careers that interest you in order to assess their suitability and understand the different entry routes. Make use of our website, in particular:
Need further help?
Visit the Careers Service at 388 Glossop Road, next to the Students' Union and ask us for help if you are stuck, struggling or feel that you have lost your way. Choosing what to do next is an important and sometimes difficult decision and it can help to talk to people who are impartial and objective.
We offer booked appointments with a Careers Adviser at various times of the year. Call us on 0114 2220910 to find out more.
If you are a student or recent graduate from the University of Sheffield who finds it difficult to visit the Careers Service, contact us via our Email enquiry service.
Getting involved - for first years
Thinking ahead - for intermediate year students
Moving on - for finalists
Using your Careers Service - how to make the most of our services