Make a start

Career planning can be daunting and it can be difficult to decide what your next steps should be.

Your employability timeline gives an idea of what you might be doing in an ideal situation, but you may not have time for everything! See below for ideas of what you could be doing at each level of study. Even if you just do one or two things each year, you will be taking great steps forward!

You might find that life can take unexpected twists and turns, which can lead to great opportunities. The theory of ‘Planned Happenstance’ suggests that negotiating a career path is a life-long process. If you are open to idea and expect the unexpected you can make the most of your opportunities.

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Year One

This is your time to make the most of university and get involved in as much as you can. Taking part in any activities beyond your course will help you to learn something about yourself and will look great in future applications.

You won’t be able to do everything but try to do at least a couple of things from the list below:

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Year Two

This is your time to continue to widen your experience and also to start thinking about your own skills and interests in relation to future work. If you currently don’t have too much to put on your CV you’ve still got plenty of time to do something about it!

This can also be a time to review some of your long held plans, and some people have doubts at this stage. Don’t worry, this is all perfectly normal, and indeed part of what being at university experience is about!

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Year Three

You may be ready by now to start your job search and make applications. On the other hand you may still be very unsure about what you will be doing when you leave. Come along to speak to Careers. We can help you with specific applications, but also to make a start even if you have no idea about what to do next. Below are some ideas of what you can be doing to start your journey.

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University of Worcester graduates can use the Careers and Employability Service as a graduate for three years and beyond. You can continue to book appointments, attend workshops and events such as the Careers Fair, or send in your enquiries through myCareer.

As you start you first job you will start to think about how your career will develop, what the first few years of your career might look like, how to move on, and what to do if things don’t go according to plan.

Useful resources

Further advice and information

Managing your career after you leave university [PDF]

Dealing with employability anxiety [PDF]

Recent destinations of Worcester graduates [Careers Service]

Contact us

Send us a query on myCareer
Telephone: 01905 855166

For careers advice and guidance, book an appointment to see one of our careers advisers through myCareer

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