Career planning advice

Career planning advice for students and graduates

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.

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, here's how to get started.

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

What motivates you? Here are some ideas for careers that might satisfy your aspirations, whether you want to help people, travel, earn a big salary right from the start or create a lasting legacy.

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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. Here's what to look out for as you consider your options and start to work out what you want to do when you graduate.

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

Have you got the key skills graduate employers look for? You'll need to give examples of these essential competencies in your job applications and interviews to impress recruiters and get hired.

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I have a degree, now what?

If you don't know what career you want when you graduate, you may have more options than you think. There are jobs in law, finance, IT and management that are open to graduates from any degree background.

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At a glance guide to selection methods used by graduate recruiters

Graduate employers use a range of methods to recruit graduates. Our overview gives quick tips for each type of assessment.

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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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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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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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Changing or leaving your course

Our practical advice will help you consider the options before leaving or changing your course and understand the steps involved to make the right decisions.

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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.

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Your HND… what next?

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

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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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Seven tips that will get you a graduate job in 2017

For success in your graduate job hunt in 2017, check our seven must-know tips on topics ranging from the hot trends in recruitment to how to make the most of a 2.2.

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Tips from the top! Executives and graduates share secrets of success

We’ve collected job hunting tips from executives and recent graduates working for some of the UK’s most popular employers so you can learn from their success.

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What is a graduate job?

What's the difference between a graduate job, a graduate scheme and an entry-level job? Understanding your options is a vital step towards the career you want.

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Help! I'm struggling to find a job after graduation

It's easy to get disheartened if you're struggling to find work after finishing at university. Read on for tips on how to structure your graduate job hunt.

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