Around 350,000 students graduated in the UK in 2014 and the next step for students is often a Masters, an internship or graduate scheme. However, these paths may not suit everyone and even if they do it is difficult to know which particular career path is best for you.
One of the biggest issues students face, is that they are unsure of the sort of job roles they should apply for. This derives from a combination of not knowing what roles are available and not having a clear understanding of what the job roles entail. It’s okay to not know what you want to be doing and it’s probably more common than you think. The best thing you can do is to take dedicate time to seriously consider your career plans rather than sitting on the topic and hoping that one-day you will have a light bulb moment where you suddenly are hit with your dream job description.
Here are some pointers to defining some possible career options:
No matter what you do, any experience is good experience. Remember to always evaluate your roles and keep a constant track of what specific areas of your role you liked and equally what aspects of the role you didn’t like.
Do you like client-facing tasks? Do you enjoy research? Do you like developing ideas and strategies or would you rather execute? Picking out particular competencies you are good at and tasks that you like doing, can help determine which roles you would enjoy the most. And therein lies the biggest difficulty – finding something you like. A job should be something that you want to do and enjoy. Keep this at the core of your career making decisions!