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.

If you are a first year undergraduate or a foundation degree student it’s the perfect time to learn how to make the most out of your time at university.

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.

Digital careers 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 myCareer and we strongly recommend you sign up for alerts so you don’t miss out!

Attend webinars and events

Whether you’re looking for career ideas, insights into a sector or tips on your applications careers, employers or business webinars and talks are just a click away.

The likes of ‘Who Am I and Why Does It Matter?’, ‘Cream or Jam First: Making Sound Decisions For Your Future’, ‘Mind the Gap: Making All Your Experiences Count’ are designed and delivered by our Careers Consultants to help you think about your future career options. You can find and book all webinars and events on myCareer.

How we can help you

The Careers Service offers a daily drop-in via the Virtual Hub, which is ideal for quick queries or discussions about how we could support you on your journey.

If you would like some information and advice regarding your future career, you can book a 20-minute advice and application appointment with one of our advisers. All our appointments are currently delivered either via Zoom or telephone. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly on 01752 587456 or email

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 in my final year of the BSc (Hons) Events Management degree and therefore thinking about my career options after I graduate. The Careers Service has helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses, and what I value, as well as my key skills and my personal goals. This has enabled me to narrow down some of the career paths I could follow and I am now looking to pursue a career in Marketing. I would highly recommend accessing the digital resources and career assessment tools on myCareer, as they really help to match your skills to different careers and pathways."

                                             – Emily Dewell, BSc (Hons) Events Management