You need to research the various careers that interest you in order to assess their suitability and understand their different entry routes.
Different careers require different attributes and in many cases particular qualifications and specialised knowledge. As you explore different careers you should consider if:
The first ideas you come up with may be fairly tentative so explore other similar occupations to see if alternatives are more attractive or realistic.
Read the case studies of our graduates and find out what they are doing now. You may be surprised by some of their career paths.
Our Information Resources database lists the occupational material held in the Careers Service and provides links to the websites of professional bodies, journals and sources of vacancies. Much of the material listed is available to take away or to loan for up to one week.
This section of Prospects provides a direct route into an occupational database which includes job descriptions, entry requirements, salaries, career prospects and sources of employers and vacancies.
This is your chance to network and tap into the experience of someone doing the type of work you're interested in - maybe a Sheffield graduate.
This holds a wider careers information database including graduate and non-graduate jobs.
Research the employer thoroughly
Once you have established an interest in a particular career, you need to research the organisations operating in the area. This means finding out about what they do, the service or product that they provide, how they may develop and who their competitors are (if any).
Search for business data via the University of Sheffield Library. It provides access to market research reports, business research, journals and newspapers.
Making a decision
Bear in mind that at this stage you are not seeking the perfect match, but rather choices which are, as far as you can tell going to meet your broad objectives. Your decision is probably not for life. Though some decisions can have long-term consequences, others enable you to keep your options open until you feel more certain.
You can book appointments with our Careers Advisers to go discuss your options, review CVs and applications, prepare for interviews or discuss anything else relating to careers. Log in to Career Connect to book an appointment.
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 Career Connect.
Our Information Resources links to everything you need to help with your career planning including useful websites, videos, professional bodies and recruitment databases.
You can also find online copies of our briefing sheets, guides and handouts, as well as listings for books available in our library.