It’s rare to fall straight into a job after you’ve graduated. Job hunting can take several months so it’s important to stay motivated in your job search and make the most of the opportunities and support out there. These jobseeking tips and tricks will help you choose your ideal career, search for job vacancies and stay focused on your career goals.
As you start to think about choosing a job, you will not know about all the jobs available in particular industries, but a good starting point is to think about what you enjoy, where your interests lie and what you are good at. The more clearly you know what interests you, what you like doing, what your talents are and which skills and strengths you want to use in your working life, the easier it is to recognise the opportunities that best suit you.
Once you have an idea of the type of work you would like to do and the industry you would like to work in, it is important to research the jobs available in that industry. Remember you can never do too much research – visit your university careers centre, use search engines and read job adverts.
What jobs suit me?
Ask yourself what is really important to you and what you are willing to do. Everyone has unique motivations and ambitions and yours may be different from those of people you know. Writing your ideas down or talking them through may bring out more possibilities. Your friends and family may help you identify the key deciding factors for your career planning and may point out strengths that you take for granted.
Try what jobs would suit me?, a tool designed to help you with the decision-making process. After answering a series of questions, it will suggest jobs that might best match your preferences. Compare two jobs side-by-side or start by considering an employment sector at industry insights.
Your careers services at your university have a wealth of resources to support career research and planning. As well as talking to a careers adviser, you may gain insights from psychometric tests, which focus on aptitude, ability or personality. Ask what psychometric tests are available or have a look at psychometric tests.
What do different jobs entail?
Learning what people actually do on a day-to-day basis is a crucial step in your job search. Understanding jobs is the best way to ensure you make the right decision for you. It is also essential for writing strong applications to persuade a company or organisation that you are a good fit for the job.
Get more details about jobs you are considering at types of jobs. Be sure to read the case studies. Alternatively, you may start your job search by looking at all the related jobs in a sector by checking industry insights.
How do I use my degree?
You may want to apply your subject-related knowledge and skills directly to the world of work.
Ask your university careers service for the results of surveys that provide some insight into what people with your degree have gone on to do.