Are you feeling that many other students you know have sorted out their lives and have begun to receive job or internship offers? Perhaps you’re feeling anxious as other students seem so much more certain and confident about their plans? Or maybe your relatives are starting ask the dreaded ‘what are you going to do with the rest of your life when you finish at Uni?’ question.
You may find it reassuring to know that you are not alone, plenty of students will be experiencing similar anxiety. Many of you will put off your career planning…it can feel overwhelming. If you don’t know what you want to do, how do you get started?
Often those of you who might benefit most from seeing a Careers Consultant resist doing so, feeling you should have an idea before you can come and see us. In fact, the exact opposite is true. If you are very clear you know what you’d like to do, it’s much easier to figure out what you need to do in order to implement your plans. You will need us less than students who are ‘stuck’ or unsure how to get started. We can help you make sense of the complexity and confusion of career planning, creating meaning in order to help you make decisions on your career path.
Ten ways our professionally qualified team of Careers Consultants can help you…
- Careers Consultants are skilled in working with you to explore what kinds of sectors and roles might work for you
- We can help build your confidence and resilience
- We can identify, interpret and mediate legitimate sources of Labour Market Information and Social Media making this relevant and personalised to your context and circumstances
- We provide guidance on the current graduate labour market in relation to career ideas/sectors of interest
- We will explore wider life roles and priorities – your career is only one facet
- Help you identify a Plan B
- If you feel you’d like to do “something different”
- Explore post graduate study options
- If you are considering changing course, including moving from a 4 to a 3 year course and/or considering applying for study abroad and placement year options
- If you have a learning disability or difficulty or or other personal issues which may impact on career options and are wondering how to disclose it
When should you see a Careers Consultant?
Frankly, you simply need to be either anxious, or keen to get started on you career planning. We are happy to work with you to begin to explore what the possibilities might be. By the way – there is no such thing as the perfect job. Accepting that may help to reduce some of the pressure you may be experiencing to ‘get it right’ straight away. It’s fine to start out with a job that’s ‘good enough’, in order to gain experience and to reflect on what you’ve learned about yourself by doing it.
No job is a prison sentence! If you speak to Warwick Alumni many of them will say they didn’t know what they wanted to do on graduation – but they tested something out, gained experience and then changed direction or moved into roles that were a better fit. Often the best way to learn about yourself is to gain experience – any experience – and then move closer to something that will suit you better.
What have students who have used us said:
‘I wish I had visited Student Careers and Skills sooner as the advice and guidance I have received on career options, searching for jobs, particularly going through my CV has been excellent and really very helpful and of course taking the strengths profile as I’ve mentioned. I will also be taking advantage of the other services you provide and workshops that you run and will be encouraging my friends to all do the same.’
‘I wanted to take the chance to thank you for the fantastic support that you provided to me throughout this year. As well as giving up your time to provide me with advice, your words of encouragement really went a long way and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate this.’
You can book an appointment to see a Careers Consultant through My Advantage
We work all year round and are available after exams, during the summer vacation and continue to offer support once you’ve graduated if you’ve not made plans before you complete your degree.