So you’ve been at university for a couple of weeks now and have hopefully settled down into your course and friendship groups, and assignment deadlines will soon be approaching. At this point it may be a good idea to think about careers that could interest you in the future if you haven’t. Most of you will probably have an idea because of the degree that you’re studying, but not everyone will!

If you would like advice, you can speak to a careers adviser in the Student Information Centre on campus by making an appointment – they can give advice and guidance on careers that you might be looking to get into once you’ve finished studying, as well as possible part-time work and experience that you could get by doing volunteer work (this could be a great idea as it will give you an advantage over other applicants!).

It might be an idea to complete a career planner quiz by answering some questions on your skills so that you could see what careers may be a good match to you, as well as new careers that you may not have heard of before and can research around to find new opportunities.

By taking up some work experience, it will give you an advantage in comparison to other candidates when applying for a job in the future. Work experience isn’t just a good thing to put on your CV, but also good for your own career development. If you aren’t sure what you want to go into after university, by doing some volunteer work then you can narrow down your options – you might enjoy something that you weren’t expecting to and want to go into it, or equally you might not enjoy the experience and can remove it from possible career options.

You have a couple of years to be deciding on a specific career, but in order to get the most out of university and gain the best qualification to get a better career, try to think ahead to plan how you can stand out from other candidates. It all helps!!!

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