Career action plan: How to navigate the graduate job search
What if you don’t know what you want to do for a career?
Expert career advice
If you are unsure about your next steps, get some career advice!
The UK government has a National Careers Service that not only has some valuable information but also enables you to speak one-to-one with an expert adviser or use their WebChat service.
The Give A Grad A Go website also has a surplus amount of career resources dedicated to helping you figure out what path is right for you – there’s even a career test that looks at:
- The benefits of working in each industry
- The most common job roles for graduates
- The average starting salary
- Graduate gender representation for each sector
When trying to figure out what kind of job would best suit you, it is a good idea to explore your past achievements and future aspirations.
Take some time to analyse your achievements, write them down and note the transferable skills you gained. You may find it helpful to write down how you feel about your achievements too.
Doing this can really help you gain a sense of your current positioning and understand whether there is a correlation in the kinds of skills you have attained and the kinds of things you enjoy.
This introspection can then take the lead when it comes to your job search – explore careers that fall in line with your skillset and interests rather than job title.
Introspection can also be helpful when it comes to identifying your shortcomings in terms of skills.
If you realise you are lacking skills or work experience in a certain area, participating in relevant volunteer work or internships is a great way to swiftly combat this.
Further, volunteering can be a great way to gain experience in what you’re interested in, build a rapport with potential colleagues and gain industry insights that will help to shape your job search process.
Student Blog Writer