When choosing your future career, it can be very tempting to flick through a graduate directory and stick a pin in a page. After all, there are so many career options - how can you be expected to choose?
The first step is to narrow down your choices, but instead of doing this by looking at jobs, you need to begin by looking at yourself.
You need to find out a bit more about yourself as a person. It is only by knowing your own likes and dislikes, interests and values that you will be able to make a decision about your future that will really suit you. Some people may know this already, others will have to give this a lot of thought.
You can use our Exploring career ideas leaflet to help you get started
You can take a simple personality assessment on our website. The results can be very enlightening!
Take a blank piece of paper, set a timer for 2 minutes and write down everything that makes you happy. When you have finished, look at the sheet and see if you can see any patterns. Do you enjoy spending time with other people? Or being outside? Perhaps there are lots of areas where you are being creative?
Gather the thoughts of the people who know you best. They may have an insight into what you are like as a person that you had not considered. Try to create a list of your key attributes - which, of course, you can edit!
Create a 2x2 grid for your strengths (key skills),weaknesses (areas you need to develop), opportunities (i.e. part-time work, volunteering, internships - things you can do to gain new strengths) and threats (things you cannot do due to circumstances or constraints).
After completing these exercises, you will know a lot more about yourself. The next step is to start looking at the possible job areas that might suit you. Go to the Exploring options pages of our site to continue your career planning journey!