Department for Lifelong Learning
As a student you may decide that you want to re-assess your future career options.
As many of you will be aware, from previous career decisions that you have made in the past, all sorts of factors affect the career choice – the impact of family and friends, current responsibilities, values and beliefs, interests, geographical mobility, academic achievement and finances. However some of the most crucial factors are not always the most obvious; for example, levels of self confidence and a belief in what is, or isn't possible, the sort of contacts you have, the networks which you have access to and your self-awareness – being able to identify the skills and abilities which you possess.
In reality, many people make decisions about the sort of work they would like to pursue with a very limited awareness of the infinite number of occupational areas open to them, or the entry requirements.
Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates
Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.
Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.
This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience, while at the same time job hunting or taking time out.
Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.
Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject
We have put together a number of resources to help with this.
It's helpful to find out as much as you can about the areas of work you are interested in. The Prospects website includes profiles of over 420 graduate occupations.
You might also like to watch some video clips from the 'I could' website.
Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest
We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.
Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.