Think about further study
Some students go on to further study to pursue their passion for the subject or specialise in their field of knowledge, prior to pursuing a career. A postgraduate qualification can be a requirement for certain occupations. Find more information about options and funding in our postgraduate study section.
Talk to people
Talk to employers and recent graduates by attending talks and workshops on campus, delivered by employers, alumni and professionals. These usually take place in autumn and spring and are a great way to discover more than you would just from searching the internet. They can answer your questions about their areas of work which can help you decide if it’s for you. Find these events in careerhub and also look out for departmental and faculty specific careers talks and events.
Ask friends, family and people you know. These people can help in several ways:
- Ask them for feedback - they may have suggestions of careers they think might suit you.
- They may also point out things they think you're good at, which could help you narrow down your options.
- They can tell you about jobs they are familiar with, particularly about their own careers if they are in work.
- They may also know about the work of colleagues or other friends.
- Even if they can't give you a job, they may know who to write to, which agencies or websites to use to find adverts, or other inside information about a type of work or industry.
Get some work experience
Whether it’s a day of work shadowing or something more substantial (an internship or placement), work experience is a great way to test drive your ideas. It can also help you make contacts that could help you get a full time job. You might need to be proactive to uncover work shadowing or opportunities in very competitive areas. Research shows that most successful graduates do some of these things which help build their CV, their skills, their knowledge and contacts.