Careers Service



Being future-focused is about thinking about the future, anticipating obstacles and planning ahead.  It’s keeping up-to-date with changes and developments, responding to key trends happening across the world and being able to prepare and plan for the future.

People who are future-focused are keen to learn, update their knowledge and can recover from setbacks to help them achieve their goals. 

How can you become more future-focused?  

These are some examples of what you can do to become more future-focused both in your academic life and outside of university. 

Try out new activities

  • Undertake a placement year or internship. It doesn’t need to be related to your degree subject, but it can give you an insight into different career areas and the skills employers are looking for.

  • Try out virtual work experience to learn and engage in tasks simulating real-life work, through a digital platform, such as Forage.

  • Sign up for a careers module and do something different – from teaching in schools to creating innovative solutions to real life problems. 

  • Try out an extra-credit module to learn a new language, or work innovatively on a project through a School-based enterprise challenge.

  • Work freelance, sell a product or create an innovative new service. Get support from START UP and attend a START UP event to meet like-minded people.

  • Enter student competitions which involve anticipating and responding to future challenges.

  • Try out our ideas around being digitally capable. Digital skills, experience and knowledge are an increasingly important part of being future-focused.

Seek out information 

  • You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do in your future career, but having a future-focused mindset can help you make decisions. Attend recruitment events and ask employers about their opportunities, find a mentor and ask them questions about their career, and visit our Making Career Choices pages to help you get started.

  • Speak with students from other countries and cultures on your course to broaden your perspective, actively listening to what they have to say. 

  • Stay informed by following the news, social media and attending events. Try to look at situations from different perspectives – is there anything you would change?

  • Learn something new by signing up to a free online course, eg through FutureLearn. 
  • Read books or articles unrelated to your field of study, subscribe to educational YouTube channels and watch inspiring talks on 

  • Attend a public lecture at the University – there are a wide range of topics and speakers.

  • Improve your commercial awareness by researching employers and the sectors you are interested in.


Related attributes: curious; engaged; confident; creative, innovative and enterprising; resilient; digitally capable

Student wearing virtual reality headset, to portray future focus