Chapter 4: Identifying your options
Strategies for identifying career options
There is no single soothsayer who can tell you what to do in life. It’s more like a treasure hunt where you pick up ideas along the way. Use some of the strategies outlined below, and on pages 37-40 of The Graduate Career Guidebook, to come up with two or three ideas and complete the activity below.
- Brainstorm: just find a quiet place, sit down and see what comes to mind.
- Find your careers service: Pop into your university’s careers service and ask for help/attend events/meet professional in the field.
- Take a look around: Keep your eyes open for new ideas. You could also get involved in new activities or just watch TV or YouTube and see what jobs come to mind.
- Look at some postgraduate futures: Research postgrad courses and see what interesting careers they can herald.
- Let the internet search for you: See what comes up when you Google terms such as ‘alternative careers’ or ‘exciting jobs’.
www.prospects.ac.uk – See ‘Job profiles’ and/or ‘Job sectors’
www.targetjobs.co.uk – See ‘Career Sectors’
www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – See ‘Job Profiles’
www.qub.ac.uk – See ‘10 tips for identifying and exploring your career options ‘
www.sunderland.ac.uk – See ‘Exploring your career options’
www.careerkey.org – See ‘Explore career options’