“What did you want to be when you were 5?” This might seem like a pointless question, but when you’re starting to think about your career plans, it can be a good place to start. Have your ideas changed over the years, or has your mind been made since an early age? Thinking about your future career can feel like a big thing, but there are some simple steps to planning your job hunt.
1. Don’t panic!
We all put a lot of pressure on ourselves to decide on what we’re going to do as a career. Parents, friends, family members are always asking “what are you going to do when you leave uni?”. The answer “I don’t know yet” is absolutely justified! Maybe you’re focusing on doing well in your course, or balancing working as well as studying, or maybe you haven’t even thought about it yet. All of the above are ok!
2. Think about the quick wins
It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the end goal, but setting yourself small career-related goals and ticking them off as you go can help focus your mind. Choose a day to come to the Careers and Employability Service [tick!], familiarise yourself with our resources [tick!], get feedback on your CV [tick!] and book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to discuss your career options [tick!].
3. Find some work experience
The best way to find out what it is that you want to do, is to do it! Find some work experience and try out your ideas. It could be that you absolutely love it, and can’t ever imagine doing anything else!
4. Be open-minded and stay positive
“A career is a journey, not a destination!” Think about all of the fantastic experience you’re gaining along the way, as well as all of the skills you are developing. Try out all sorts of different types of work and see what is the best fit for you. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, try new things and experience new environments, all the while making a difference.
Still unsure where to begin? Come in and see an adviser at the Careers and Employability Service.