Explore your career options: if you have some ideas

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Do you ever feel like some people have a clear idea of what they want to do while you’re not sure where to start?  

While it’s great that you have lots of options, being able to make a decision about what you are going to do can seem quite daunting.

Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to help you make those career decisions.


Building your networks and talking to people who work in jobs you are interested in is a great way to build your career knowledge. 

Career research

Perhaps you need to know what a job involves and the qualifications, experience, and skills it requires. You might be interested in the lifestyle, salary, or availability of jobs.

  • Prospects is a good starting point for this, it gives you insight into different career sectors and job profiles
  • TARGETjobs provides information on sectors, jobs, and employers 
  • Career guides and directories will let you explore a variety of career sectors.
  • icould offers a great range of short case study videos exploring career paths across many different job types and sectors, it's a great place to explore jobs

Using your degree

Our subject pages for more specific information on jobs related to your degree.

Using your subject

Work experience

Gaining experience in the jobs and industries you are interested in will let you see directly whether it is something you might want to pursue. This could be through work shadowing, part-time work, volunteering, or internships.

Many employers also offer the opportunity to attend Insight days or Open Days – usually aimed at 1st or 2nd year students – giving you the chance to visit an employer, develop your network and gain an insight into working life.

The Careers Service delivers credit-bearing internship modules for level 2 students, while if you are interested in teaching, our School Tutoring Programme will help you gain a practical placement within a classroom.

Making decisions

By undertaking some or all of the above hopefully you should have a better understanding of what your different career ideas involve.

You can also reflect on your skills, interests, values, and personality and consider which jobs are a good match for you.

We're here to help

The Careers Service is here to support you in making career decisions, so get in touch and speak to one of our careers advisers