Most career paths in this day and age require professional credentials. You will instantly become more desirable to an employer if you are educated to a university level or above especially if that education was awarded to you by an accredited UK educational establishment. In order to earn these qualifications, you need to attend a college or university.
In the UK the range of courses is so vast that there will be no shortage of careers to work towards! However upon completion of your course it can be a little daunting trying to find work. However during your time of study, most educational establishments have a careers office where advisors are available to help you. They can aid you by providing guidance, provide resources that will tell you where to look for work, job interview practice and help write a professional CV.
Here are a few helpful tips on what to do once you start looking for that dream job:
- Think about which jobs you will be able to do with your degree subject - your university careers service and options with your subject can help you with this.
- Consider the type of job you wish to do, as well as the type of work that will suit your skills set. To help you decide on the right job role for you, a good question to get you started is to think about where you would like to be in five years’ time? Work your way backwards from there and you will be able to get an idea of what sort of jobs you should be looking for.
- Research graduate training schemes on public, private and charitable sector websites.
- Attend recruitment fairs to speak to potential employers. This is invaluable, as not only will it help you choose your career but it could lead to valuable contacts for the future.
- Research and contact professional bodies and organisations associated with potential careers, as this might assist you in your decision.
- Investigate work experience or work shadowing opportunities
Try to utilize any skills you may have developed during your studies. Many students find that they have developed or improved their performance in the following areas which do warrant noting on your CV:
Consider the transferable skills that you can build on to increase your employability, such as:
- People skills - leadership, teamwork, influencing and negotiating, customer skills and communication;
- Self-reliance skills - self-awareness, self-management, initiative and resourcefulness;
- General skills - numeracy, flexibility, adaptability, problem-solving and planning;
- Specialist skills - including IT skills and commercial awareness.