Planning for the future can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.
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There are two factors that can help:
Knowing your strengths, what gives you satisfaction and what values are important to you is key. Improve this by:
- Experience: any activity can improve your self-awareness such as volunteering, part-time work and involvement in co-curricular or community activities
- Reflection: an important way to dig deeper into what you have learnt.
Carve out some time to try the following:
- Prioritising what is important to you using the Values Grid (PDF) or answering these key questions - What am I like (PDF)
- Completing a simple skills audit
- Participating in The Gold Award which requires you to complete a reflective log
Most of us probably know 5% of the jobs that exist.
- Find out more about jobs from attending our employer events, from industry panels to careers fairs
- Do some online browsing of job profiles, prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles is a great place to start.
- If you are over-whelmed you can do this planning tool, Prospects Career Planner, to get suggestions of job profiles that match your skills and interests. Treat this as a starting point. Or start with your degree title to get related job suggestions
- You can book an appointment with a careers consultant to discuss any of the above. It’s a great way to get advice on a practical next step
- Take every opportunity to develop – you don’t know where it might lead!
- Find out more about volunteering
- Get inspiration for action by looking at the activity list for the HEAR
What’s stopping you?
Here are some common reasons
- Expecting a perfect match (almost impossible to find)
- The (mis)perception that everyone else around you knows what they are doing
- Fear of the future
- The whole thing seems overwhelming
- You just want to enjoy university
All these reasons are valid – the solution is to take one small active step and then to keep going.
Read more on our helpsheet Choosing What's Next after Graduation.