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While  at college, it’s important that you think about what you’re going to do next and plan for the career you have in mind. We have a wide range of activities, advisers and resources to help you research, plan and implement your chosen career. You can also access online careers tools at the National Careers Services website to start matching your skills, experience and qualifications to potential jobs and careers.

Making a start on planning for your career can be daunting. Why not try these simple steps to get yourself thinking?

STEP 1: What do I want and what makes me tick?

Start to write a list of all the things that interest and inspire you. This might include:

  • Things you enjoy learning about
  • Things you like to do in your spare time
  • Achievements that make you feel proud
  • School or college subjects you have enjoyed and where you have succeeded
  • Jobs or careers that you think would inspire you
  • The types of work that appeal to you (e.g. working with people, working with computers, running your own business, etc.)

STEP 2: What are my skills?

Think about the skills you already have. Everyone has some existing skills, even if you haven’t yet gained a qualification. Consider:

  • Your personal skills: are you a good communicator? Are you a leader? Are you good at organising things? Are you successful at helping others? Are you a practical person? Are you creative? Are you good with numbers? Do you have strong IT skills?
  • Any existing qualifications
  • Any work experience you’ve had or current employment

STEP 3: What’s out there, and where is it?

It’s never too early to start researching the jobs and careers being advertised, either nationally or locally.  Have a look at:

  • Local and national newspapers
  • Recruitment websites
  • Websites of organisations where you might like to work

STEP 4: Who can help me?

Talking through your career plan with someone else can be extremely valuable. A friend, family member or classmate may be able to tell you about skills you didn’t know you have, or give you feedback that will help you think about your abilities in a different way.

Student advisers can help you review all your ideas and make an action plan to help you move forward with you career aspirations.  Call us on 01753 793339 to book a careers interview. 

Click here to download our 2018/2019 careers programme. 

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