Career planning advice for students and graduates

career planning

All careers are built up in steps and this part of 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


At a glance guide to selection methods used by graduate recruiters

Graduate employers use a range of methods in the recruitment selection process. Take a look at our guide to the types of job interview and activities you might face and get some quick tips.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Changing or leaving your course

Our practical tips will help you make the right decision about leaving or changing course and understand the steps to take to see it through in the best possible way.


Your foundation degree... what next?

Pick up tips for job hunting with a foundation degree and explore options for further study, including taking a top-up course to gain a full honours degree.


Your HND… what next?

Find out how a HND can help you into your chosen career and explore options for further study.


Using your language skills

You can use your language skills in many careers and job roles, from translating and interpreting to teaching or working in marketing or logistics.


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