Career options

Whether you’ve a firm career goal in mind or don’t know where to start, this section can help you decide what path is right for you and what steps you need to take next.

What could be a career?

A career doesn’t just have to mean a job. Other options might include self-employment, internship, volunteering (job without payments) and further study.

What should I do?

If you’ve yet to decide on a career path, don’t worry – you’re not alone. You need to identify your strengths, motivations and interests so you can get an idea about what type of jobs may suit you. A good starting point is our careers handout I don’t know what I want to do.

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Work experience

Undertaking work experience is a great way to find out more about employers, jobs and different careers. At the same time, it will improve your employability, strengthen your CV and help you stand out from other graduates. There are different types of work experience and it’s important to understand the difference so you can choose what is most appropriate for you.


Self-employment suits self-motivated and well organised students and graduates who value autonomy over their own work and who enjoy decision making.

Why go self-employed?

  • You get to be your own boss
  • Flexibility of working your own hours
  • Independent work
  • Variety in work that you really enjoy

Further Resources

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Prospects Planner

This page identifies job ideas that match your interests, skills and motivations.

Prospects Job Profiles

Explore over 400 different jobs with details of entry requirements, salary ranges, typical employers and vacancy sources

Options with your Subject

Another useful Prospects guide which focuses on options with your degree subject and related jobs

US Government site giving introduction to personality questionnaires

Web version of the book “What Colour is Your Parachute” which has links to information on a variety of personality and aptitude tests.

Windmills online

Activities to help you identify who you are, where you are and how to take action


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