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.
Many students set up their own businesses after they have graduated – discover your suitability for self-employment
Where could your degree subject take you?
Understanding where your degree subject could take you is an important first step in your career planning. myCareer Digital Skills has a range of subject-specific information, where you can discover the employability skills you can gain, along with finding out the destinations of graduates six months after graduation within your subject area.
Due to the transferable skills you gain from your studies, you may discover that there is a much wider range of options open to you than you may first appreciate. Large numbers of professional-level vacancies (currently around 70%) are open to graduates of any degree discipline.
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
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.
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