Deciding on your career path takes time, research and planning - it’s never too early to start.
This can often feel daunting, so it may help to remember for most people, the ‘perfect’ job or career doesn’t exist. People tend to have on average up to three different careers during their working life, so you don’t need to plan too far ahead at this stage. Focus instead on the next two to five years.
Few people have a ‘grand’ career plan when they leave university. However, you can still do something now to help you move forward, rather than waiting for inspiration to strike.
Pursue the things you’re curious about. It doesn’t have to be the job you do for the rest of your life. Sometimes it’s better to leave yourself open to opportunities by taking small steps. As a starting point, see planning your career.
The Careers Service can help you explore your ideas – drop in and speak to a careers adviser.
Career Compass can help with your career dilemmas and signpost you to information and advice that can support you.
If you're unsure about your choice of degree or university, you may want to consider changing or leaving your course.
Taking time out
You might decide you'd like to take some time out before embarking on a career. For advice and resources to help you plan, see Taking Time Out.
What our graduates do
Find out what careers some of our graduates have gone on to do.
Follow eight students as they prepare for life after university in our Journey to Work video (University login required).