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Ultimate Guideline for Career Planning For Final Year Students



Time flies when you’re having fun! Your time at university is drawing to an end and in a short amount of time you’ll be graduating from your program of study and entering in to the big wide world. In your final year you need to focus on your academic studies however you should give some consideration to what to do after you graduate. Be aware of application closing dates (some are particularly early) and ensure you are prepared to hit the ground running in your final year of study. It’s never too late to make use of the range of services we offer!


Take action!

Don’t panic! It’s not a good idea to panic and apply for every job you see advertised. Instead, work through the following steps:

STEP 1: Clarify Career Choices.

Research career options. Find out what you can do with your degree and research employment sectors.
Try the Careers Report on TARGET jobs. This interactive site helps you understand what type of role may suit you based on strengths, abilities and personality.
Book a place on the ‘First steps to career planning’ workshop via the Events Calendar


STEP 2: Identify Opportunities.

Where are suitable jobs advertised? Will postgraduate study help?
Find some of the latest graduate vacancies on our Jobs Board.
Use recruitment agencies to find graduate and entry level vacancies with employers.


STEP 3: Make Effective Applications:

Make sure you only send off high quality applications! Use our Job Application Resources for advice and tips on constructing high quality applications, CVs and information on how to prepare for assessment centres and interviews.
Check spelling, grammar and punctuation in your applications and correspondence with employers – mistakes could mean immediate rejection.
Book a place on one of our workshops to learn how to create an effective CV/Application. All our workshops and presentations are advertised on our Events Calendar.


STEP 4: Sell Yourself at Interview / Assessment Centre.

Once you’ve cleared the initial shortlist with a high quality application you will need to prepare for assessment centres, psychometric tests and interviews. Use our application resources and series of workshops and webinars to help prepare.

Always have a “plan B”. Things don’t always go according to plan, but, if you plan and prepare well you will stand a greater chance of success. If things don’t work out as planned be resilient and look at alternatives.‌

I hope this article will help you to plan your career for future. You may also want to see my other post from my blog.

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