If you are in the Explore stage, you are considering what career you may want to pursue after graduation and what roles and opportunities are available for graduates.
What does it mean to explore my career options?
Exploring your career options involves identifying your own career preferences, values, skills, strengths and what you want out of your working life. It is also about investigating what jobs exist, including freelancing opportunities and running your own business or social enterprise. This process of exploration helps you to work out what you might like to do.
Do I have to explore my career options before I acquire experience?
Not necessarily. Experience of any kind can help you to test out a particular career option and understand more about what you want out of your working life. As long as you explore your options and acquire experience while at university, the order in which you do them doesn’t really matter.
How can I explore my career options?
We have strongly recommended below the services which focus primarily on helping you explore career options. The other services listed as ‘take a look’ may help you explore your career options but are geared more towards other stages of the career journey.
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Services for Explore career options
Discuss your career options with a careers consultant during a one-to-one appointment. ✔✔✔
Explore career ideas with a mentor from the Queen Mary alumni community or a UK-based professional. ✔✔✔
Gain insight into different companies and roles to discover what’s out there and what might suit you. ✔✔✔
Learn about the world of work and your own strengths and preferences as you gain paid temporary work around your studies. ✔✔✔
Experiment with a career idea or explore a new area through a 40 hour project with a business/ charity that is part-time, to fit around your studies. ✔✔✔
Have a look at career workshops for your academic school and see what’s upcoming that will help you explore career options. ✔✔✔
Attend Careers Fairs to find out more about the range of industries and graduate roles available. ✔✔✔
Attend one of our enterprise activities that will help you discover if starting an enterprise is for you. ✔✔✔
Get insight into different careers through hearing Queen Mary alumni talk about their work and how they got there. ✔✔✔
Experiment with a career idea or explore a whole new area through a paid full time or part time internship. ✔✔✔
Work in a team with other Queen Mary students on a real-life consultancy project, gaining insight into your strengths, skills and career preferences. ✔✔
Browse opportunities to see what jobs are available and what appeals to you. ✔✔