Information for students looking for career ideas

Get to know yourself

No matter where you are in your career planning, it's important to evaluate your personal goals, motivations, strengths, weaknesses and passions to keep your career development in line with your personality and interests.

It is important to understand yourself so you can find a career path that is rewarding and satisfying as a large proportion of our days are spent at work – in fact, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.

myCareer Digital Resources has a range of career assessments that are useful when considering your options and future career goal. Once you have gained self-awareness, and are able to identify and articulate your skills and personality, you can then start exploring and researching potential opportunities and roles that you may enjoy and be naturally suited to.

If you would like support evaluating your results, you are welcome to bring them to a guidance appointment where you can discuss them with one of our professionally qualified Careers consultants.

Develop your self-awareness by undertaking assessments

In order to succeed it's vital that you understand the way you work, your strengths, weaknesses, tendencies and preferences.

Understand your motivations, preferences and values

Matching your skills and motivations to a list of careers

Many students set up their own businesses after they have graduated – discover your suitability for self-employment

Relevant programmes and events

Our Careers Service offers a range of employability-related activities to help you to explore your future career ideas and options. These are all advertised on your online careers portal and we strongly recommend you sign up for alerts so you don’t miss out!

Attend workshops and events

Skills workshop: clueless? Get started with your career planning

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Getting part-time work is a great way to help build your confidence and develop your employability skills. Search for part-time jobs in myCareer

How we can help you

The Careers Service offers a daily drop-in, which is ideal for quick queries and there is no need to book. Opening times and where we are.

If you would like some information and advice regarding your future career, you can come and see one of Employability Advisors for a 20-minute advice appointment.

Take part in volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to try something new, gain new skills and meet new people. UPSU has over 150 opportunities that you can undertake alongside your studies.

Browse UPSU volunteering opportunities

The value of work experience and placements

As well as giving you industry-specific experience, undertaking work experience or a placement year helps you develop key transferable skills that enhance your employability prospects on graduation. 

"Our placement students have gone back to university and told us that the things they’ve have learnt on placement has really helped them in their final year, especially in their final year project. They’ve been able to use the technologies we have taught them."

“I am an international student from India and I work part time to enhance my CV in order to find a graduate placement. Part-time jobs aren’t just helping my career – these roles are developing me as a person and improving my language skills. I found all of these roles on MyCareer so I would recommend it to all students.”

Suprojit Das, MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering student

Discover how you can find work