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Careers and Enterprise

Making career choices

For most jobs, recruiters are more interested in your skills, abilities, and attitude. Keep in mind that there are probably many different career areas that you would enjoy and most people change careers a number of times in their working lives.

Getting started

There are a huge number of opportunities open to you, many of them being ones you might never have thought about before. English graduates have gone on to become accountants, geography graduates work in computer programming and chemistry graduates are working in consultancy. This being said, it is important to keep an open mind.

Be curious

Keep an open mind and take an interest in what other people do and how they got there. You could discover a new job role or find out that what you thought you wanted to do isn’t right after all. It is common to change your mind a number of times about your next steps!

Be flexible

If you rule too many things out in the search for perfection, don’t be surprised if you’re left with no options at all. Be open to new ideas and to try things you’ve never tried before. Many people have jobs that they got in to by accident, which is totally different from what they had planned.

Be persistent

Job hunting can take time. The reality is we will all face setbacks and rejection from employers at some point. Learn from the experience and use it to help you make your next decision.

How to find out about jobs

  • Read profiles of different job roles on Prospects and Target Jobs.
  • Attend career events to hear alumni and employers talk about their jobs and how they got there.
  • Use LinkedIn and Twitter to ask those working in the industry about what they do.
  • Take part in work experience and volunteering to discover different roles, working environments and learn what you enjoy and what you are good at.
  • Try career matching quizzes like Prospects Planner and browsing job boards to gain ideas.
  • Talking to people you know (friends, family, and contacts from previous work experience) about what they do and what they like about it.