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There are lots of possibilities for you and your career. You might already have a clear idea of where you see yourself in the future, or you might still be unsure. If you want a bit of a kick start in terms of ideas, you can access the Prospects Career Planner which looks at which careers best suit your individual skills, motivations and desires or you can try out the Job Match by answering some quick questions in order to be matched with a specific selection of job profiles.

  • What are your options?

    There will always be far more you can do with your degree than you think. Check out the Prospects information on career options with your degree or use our own selection of ‘Options with…’ resources available for the following degree subjects: Animal Conservation Science, Business, Conservation Biology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA or PgD), Creative Writing, Education Studies, English, Forensic and Investigative Science, Forestry, Geography, Law, NursingOutdoor Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, SportWorking with Children and FamiliesYouth and Community, Zoology (Please be advised more Options with… resources will be available soon).

    When deciding on a career it is worth exploring what recent graduates have done following their degree.  The University of Cumbria’s graduate employment rate remains strong. Overall university figures from our most recent destinations survey of 2017 shows that 9/10 of our graduates went into employment, further study or training.

    The Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey is conducted by every UK University annually to show what their graduates are doing 6 months after graduation. Download a full breakdown of the national report for the year 17-18. (NB: Please be advised, the DHLE survey will be finishing this year, and the new Graduate Outcomes survey will be introduced.)

    Use this comprehensive guide available on Prospects which offers information on every job sector, with advice on how to pursue careers in various fields, overviews of the market and different routes you can take.

    You may also wish to consider postgraduate study.

  • Where are you now?

    There are likely to be so many skills you need for a successful future career that you already have. Thinking about what skills and experience you have gained can start you thinking about how you might develop moving forward. Complete this Skills Audit to get thinking about all your strengths.

    Make use of our Career Ahead Bronze action plan to start to think about your current achievements and how you can build on these to meet your career goals. You can start the award by heading to Blackboard, clicking on the Jobs & Careers tab and self-enrolling onto the award.  To find out more information about self-assessing and career planning through Career Ahead, click here

    There are lots of tools you can use in order to reflect on where you are now, allowing you to set key next steps so that you can develop and build your employability. Whether you want to figure out what kind of job your personality is best suited to, or you want some practical guidance in figuring out your next steps, self-assessment can be a useful tool. Click here to read more about self-assessment and to take a look at 10 free online tools you can access.

    Students with a disability or health condition

    Managing a disability or health condition develops a whole range of additional skills. The Careers & Employability Service are able to provide guidance on how to identify and promote your skills, strengths and competencies, and particularly those that have been developed through managing a disability.

    If you feel like you need some guidance from us about how to identify your skills and plan a career, you can book an appointment by accessing My Career Enriched.  

    Remember, we are here to help throughout your study and for up to 3 years after you graduate.

  • How will you get there?

    So you have a good idea of where you see yourself in the future and what career you want to work towards? The next step is figuring out a realistic plan to help you achieve these goals.

    One proven technique is through the use of action planning. Taking 10 minutes to complete an action plan can really clear your head to the strengths you have and the areas you might want to develop, allowing for you to set out relevant goals moving forward. Having this simple plan of action can really help keep you focused and motivated. Here's a Career Action Plan you can download.

    Another way to help you plan your next steps is through techniques like SMART goal setting. You can download a SMART Goals worksheet.

    Do you need a back-up plan? Sometimes, it can give you extra confidence if you feel like you have a ‘Plan B’. What you decide might be based on a few things. What are you interested in? Where do your strengths lie? Take the time to carry out some research, see what ideas and options you can find and what you like the look of. We are always here to help if you feel like your first plan of action isn’t achievable, so don’t hesitate to book a 'Careers Appointment’ on My Career Enriched, your career hub, if you need some guidance on planning your next steps.

  • Need some guidance?

    If you feel like you need some guidance from us about what your options are or planning your career you can book an appointment on My Career Enriched, your career hub. Remember, we are here to help throughout your study and for up to 3 years after you graduate.

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Don’t worry if you aren’t sure where you’re headed – make an appointment on My Career Enriched, your career hub, to discuss your options.