Academic advising and career planning

A proactive attitude throughout your time at university is the best way to ensure that you use your degree to enhance your career prospects. We encourage you to use the resources of the University Careers Service and the questions below may help as a guide for discussion during your academic advising sessions:

Year one – is about getting started

  • Looking ahead, there’s no getting away from the fact that any employer wants you to show that you used these years as a student to their best advantage. What are you doing about that – joining clubs or societies, volunteering, part-time work?
  • What are you learning about yourself and other people from your academic work and other areas of life as a student? We call that graduate attributes.
  • Where do you feel you’re at in terms of working towards your future career? What are you going to do next?

Year two – you should be establishing your direction

  • Between second and third year could be a great summer to make a change and show employers that you can go out of your comfort zone and be proactive. Have a think about a range of summer opportunities – an internship, going abroad, changing to a different kind of part-time work to see a different kind of business.
  • What are you learning about careers, business/industry and about yourself from your part-time work and other activities?
  • Where do you feel you’re at in terms of working towards your future career? What are you going to do next?

Year three – moving forward with career planning

  • How accurate is your understanding of your experience, skills and attributes at this stage?
  • How well have you researched the job you’d most like to do and other career options?
  • Have you registered with the Careers Service vacancies service and identified other sources of new graduate vacancies?

Final year – application for jobs

  • Is your CV good to go?
  • Are you organised for making applications to advertised graduate positions and to network and make speculative applications?
  • Are you ready for interviews?