I often see graduates who graduated the year previously and still haven’t moved on – often they are working quite long hours in a shop or bar and after a hard day’s work, they don’t have the time or energy to think about what to do next, consequently they get stuck in a rut with little chance of progression.
The solution to this is to develop an action plan to take you towards your goal.
Write down all the things you can think of that could help you to carry you closer to your goal and try to do at least one every week. Some steps might be relatively quick and simple such as revising your CV whereas others may be more long term.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Make sure that your CV is top quality and targeted at a particular job.
- Find out about postgraduate study. You can also pick up the Prospects Postgraduate Funding Guide from the Careers and Employability Service reception.
- For shorter (and much cheaper!) courses www.hotcourses.com lists courses in your local area and also distance learning courses.
- For publishing jobs, teach yourself In Design – the industry leading desktop publishing software that most publishers use – you can download a free trial version.
- For most office jobs, it is useful to do the ECDL computing skills course.
- Teach yourself a language to add to your CV.
- Try a practice interview on-line for a number of popular career areas.
- Try a practice aptitude test: numerical, diagrammatic and verbal tests.
- Watch our on-line applications, interviews and assessment centre videos
- Use Prospects Planner to suggest graduate careers which should suit you.
- Voluntary experience is particularly important for many jobs in the charitable, helping and caring sectors.
These are just a few ideas to stop you getting stuck in a rut and to move you towards your goals. To find out more about how to develop a strong action plan see our page on Action Planning.