Thinking about your future

The uncertainty of what to do after university can feel stressful and overwhelming. With so many choices available, how do you start to find out what is right for you?

Don’t feel under pressure to pick the ‘perfect’ role that you’ll then have to do for the rest of your life. The reality is, there are probably many different jobs that would suit you. Look for roles you think you’ll find interesting and enjoy, and which suit your skills and strengths. Sometimes identifying what you definitely don’t want from as a job is easier than defining what you do. Eliminating some jobs is a way to help you find others you might be interested in.

So where do you start?

Exploring job roles and employers will make you aware of the large number of jobs available and what they actually involve. Here are a few quick tips to help you on your way:

  1. Browse a vacancy board such as prospects.ac.uk or targetjobs.co.uk and find some roles that sound interesting. What is it about them that you like or dislike?
  2. Ask employed people you know what they do and how they got there. It could spark ideas, inspiration, or make you look at things in a new way.
  3. Use online career matching tools such as Prospects Planner and the Targetjobs Career Planner to generate potential career areas. Are there roles you have never considered before? – see our recent post Not sure what to do after Uni? Got 15 minutes? 

Remember! There is no one way to find a job. Be flexible, adaptable and open minded to different opportunities. It is likely there are many different jobs you would enjoy. 

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