Choosing Your Career

Some people know exactly what they want from their career, but for most people there are lots of options to explore and some decisions to be made. It is not unusual to have no idea what you want to do, but there is plenty of help available. You can always book an appointment with one of our expert advisers to help you plan your future.

You may like to watch this video presentation first, called:

Help! I don't know what to do.

It will give you an idea of where to start and how you can get further help. We offer a series of Careers Focus sessions that you can attend, also called Help! I don't know what to do. For more details see unihub.shu.ac.uk/students/events 

Having some awareness of your skills, interests, motivations and individual circumstances will help you. You then need to think about how this matches up to the job market. If you jump in and start looking for jobs without any preparation then you may be overwhelmed. Knowing who you are, what you want, and what you can offer will help you make better applications and you will be better prepared for interviews and assessments. 

As you progress in your career you can reflect on what you have achieved and what you want for your next career move. You may find yourself changing direction or doing something you never though possible at the start of your career. 

There are some steps you can take to help you plan your career. 

Step 1: Self Awareness –  Knowing yourself and what motivates you? What are your skills, preferences, choices, strengths, weaknesses, dreams, ambitions, and values. 

Once you have done this, then you can start to consider what is out there for you. [Login Code to access 'Profiling for Success' (SHU students only)]

Step 2: Opportunity Awareness – what options are out there and have you explored them? Knowing what jobs exist – what these jobs involve, and where to find them. Starting to match them up with what you know about yourself. 

Step 3: Decision Making – Getting help, information and experience to work towards a realistic and well-informed set of decisions. 

Step 4: Action Planning – What do I do now? Carry out your planned actions, and take your first steps on the road to your first job.

Use the suggested links to find career planning tools that can help you with each of the steps. Career Planning for Beginners also offers useful guides to help you plan your time at university and beyond. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017 - 09:47