Planning your Career

Decide which career direction to take

Not sure where to start when it comes to your next move? Don’t worry, most people feel that way, but we are here to help you to navigate your way through your options.

There are many options open to you after you finish your degree but at the same time it can feel confusing and overwhelming to have so many choices. Any uncertainty about your future career plan is normal and many students feel this way! However, it is important to address this uncertainty and to at least develop a plan of the steps which you need to take to move yourself forward. 

  1. Which direction do you want to take? If you would like to use the knowledge you have learnt from your degree course, start by considering those career options which relate closely to your subject area. Check out the Career Insight for your course on our website. However, if you feel that you would like to change direction after your degree course, consider the skills you have learnt from your degree, and how these can be transferred to and used in other career areas.
  2. Make a list Start by making a list of any job ideas which interest you. This can give you some ‘structure’ to your thoughts and you then have a list of ideas which you can go away and research. Also think about related options within the same job sector as well as alternatives for your ‘plan B’.
  3. Try and scratch beneath the surface Look beyond job titles by researching what a role involves and (if possible) talk to someone in that job, or even better do some work shadowing. Remember, the reality of a job may differ from your expectations, so by doing some further exploration into job roles, you can discount certain options.
  4. Get the facts to make an informed decision Find out what experience, training or qualifications are required for a particular job. Some careers may require you to undertake additional qualifications such as a postgraduate course or may require specific work experience.
  5. What do you need to do to move forward? During the course of your research, you may realise that there are certain skills you need to acquire in order to progress your career plans. For example, you may find out that you need to gain more work experience or to complete other qualifications to progress into the career you want.
Careers with your degree

If your degree is non-vocational, or if you have decided that you want to pursue a different route after your vocational course, you should find the ‘What can I do with my degree’ section of the Graduate Prospects website really useful.

Many career areas are open to graduates from any discipline but these profiles will enable you to think about the skills you have developed on your degree programme and will introduce you to some career areas that you will be suited to based on your qualifications and skills.

Help and support available to you:

Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser

If you are unsure about your career options, you are advised to book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to give your search a focus. An employer can easily spot applications from students just looking for any job, as your heart won’t be in it. To book an appointment, call into a Careers Zone or alternatively phone us on 0151 231 3719/2048.

Read Careers Insights and Mini Guides

Check out our guides on the resources page of this site. Titles include Career Planning for Mature Students, Planning your Career, Graduate Schemes to help you decide which direction to take. The Career Insight for your programme highlights options available to you with your degree.

Meet employers and attend careers events/fair

We arrange careers fairs, employer presentations, guest speakers, specialist workshops and regular employer visits to the Careers Zones where you can also meet and network with employers and find out about career opportunities and discuss career routes. Details of events can be found on our events booking system.