Career planning advice for students and graduates

career planning

All careers are built up in steps and this part of targetjobs.co.uk covers the first stages in choosing a graduate career and seeking out your first job after graduation. It’s all about getting ideas about jobs by knowing your career options, exploring your skills and understanding your motivation, and then, of course, knowing where to look for graduate opportunities. Dip in, whatever stage you’re at. Even if you feel you’re up against a wall having left graduate job hunting and career plans a little late, covering the basics is the best way to boost your confidence and get back on track. If you need some extra help to get started, try the TARGETjobs Careers Report to explore some options and clarify your strengths.

How to find a graduate job using Twitter

Find out how you can use Twitter to network, gather information and ultimately get ahead in the graduate job hunt.

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Getting a graduate job when you have dyslexia

Find out about the adjustments employers can make to the application process and how to present dyslexia as an asset.

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How to network at careers events

Even the most confident of us can get tongue-tied when starting conversations with potential employers. Follow our tips on how to communicate at networking sessions, employer presentations, careers fairs and other graduate recruitment events.

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Fun, prospects or money: what are you looking for?

Even those who don’t know what career to go for will have a good idea of what they want from it. But are you looking for prestige or power, money or fun? You decide.

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How to make the most of graduate job fairs

Graduate careers fairs are a great way to meet recruiters, find out more about employers and industries, and hunt for jobs. Read on for tips on how to get organised to make the most of your time and to enjoy all the fun of the fair.

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Matching yourself to the job

It's not all about whether you are right for the job, but also whether the job is right for you. Finding a graduate career that suits your skills and values will save a lot of time and heartache when it comes to filling in application forms.

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The joys of the small business graduate scheme

Looking for a graduate scheme that's flexible and personal, with a friendly application process? Two recent recruits explain why you should consider small businesses.

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Make the most of your careers service

Find out how your university's careers service and advisers can help you explore work experience, graduate careers and further study options.

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Tips for a great graduate career from our TARGETjobs Awards Rising Star

Kyle McQueen, the Rising Star winner at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, shares his tips on how to get a place on a top graduate scheme.

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The top 10 skills that'll get you a job when you graduate

With so many graduates now on the market, employers will look for evidence of skills and work experience, which will make you stand out from the crowd. Start gathering them now or work on what you've got so you are ready to impress recruiters.

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Social networking and graduate recruitment: manage your online reputation

Social networks are great tools for keeping in touch with your friends and family, but graduate recruiters can use them too. With this in mind, we've looked at how you can manage your online reputation and use social networks in your search for a graduate job.

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Choosing the right graduate employer

What to start thinking about when you're picking a graduate employer. It’s one of life’s big choices so you need to be rational, thoughtful and well prepared.

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After graduation: alternatives to getting a job

Diving straight into work with an employer suits some graduates, but for others it's the last thing on their mind. Whether you want to be self-employed, take a break, travel or do further study, there is an alternative to getting a job.

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I have a degree, now what?

If you don't know what to do with yourself now that you have graduated, then you can read our helpful guide to get some ideas. If you are lucky enough to still be studying then this should give you some ideas you can work towards now.

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How to job hunt if you get a 2.2 when you graduate

Not all graduate employers specify that they want applicants to have a 2.1. If you're concerned about how a 2.2 will affect your chances, our advice will help you make the most of your degree.

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Which graduate career offers the best pay?

Find out which professions offer the highest starting salaries and see what's on offer from big recruiters in the most popular graduate career areas.

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Career tactics for women: from internship to job to promotion

Whether you’re trying to turn your internship into a graduate job offer or climb the career ladder in a permanent job, know how to increase your chances of success.

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Where in the UK are you most likely to get a graduate job?

Find out about graduate employment in different parts of the UK and the rest of the world, and the graduate starting salaries on offer.

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How to sell yourself if you're a shy job hunter

Selling yourself effectively in your applications and interviews for graduate jobs can feel uncomfortable if you're naturally self-effacing. Here's how to get yourself into the right frame of mind for your graduate job hunt.

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How to become an entrepreneur when you graduate

Increasing numbers of students are setting up their own businesses after leaving university. Find tips on how to develop your entrepreneurial skills and learn how this will help you whatever path you choose.

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Seek hidden graduate jobs and ye shall find

If you know where to look you can find a huge range of roles for graduates that haven’t been widely advertised. Here’s how to start your hunt for those elusive hidden jobs.

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A graduate job hunter's guide to using LinkedIn

Joining professional network LinkedIn is a great way to increase your online presence as part of your graduate job hunt.

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Don't panic! It's never too late to start your job-hunt

If you've been putting off your graduate job-hunt because you don't know where to begin and you think it is too late, now is the time to take stock and get started.

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Careers event tips: what to wear and how to prepare

University student or graduate planning to attend a recruiter event, networking session or careers fair? Here’s how to dress to meet employers and what to prepare in advance.

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