It’s about making the most of the whole student experience when you are at Stirling, and getting out and having a go at the huge range of opportunities that exist for you to take part in.
A key part of shaping your career plan is researching what’s out there and gaining experience. You could do this through, for example, work shadowing, volunteering, internships, placements on your academic programme, or part time work during semester or the holidays. Undertaking these opportunities, and reflecting, on them all helps in making choices and framing applications.
A key part when thinking about your future and your options is to ensure that you know and understand yourself. The questions to consider are ‘what am I looking for?’ and ‘what do I have to offer?’. These can feel like big concepts to get your head around, so consider to speaking to a Career Development Adviser to guide you through rather than waiting for that flash of inspiration.
We live in a digital, interactive and connected world where the opportunities to work, travel, study and live globally are constantly increasing. Studying and learning at Stirling will only increase and develop your global perspective. Consider building on this by making the most of the opportunities at Stirling to study abroad, or to gain work or volunteering experience outside of your home country, through organisations such as the Saltire Foundation.
The Careers and Employability Service will work with you every step of the way to build and develop your employability. You don’t need to know what you want to do before using the service, as lots of students come to see the experienced and knowledgeable staff to find some career direction. You can discuss your ideas and plans with the Career Development Advisers to focus your ideas, priorities, values, and to help develop your personal career action plan. They will also help you find your way around the graduate job market, offering practical advice on putting together CVs and application forms, as well as how to succeed in interviews and at assessment centres.
Careers and Employability Service
You can find out the basics with some simple research such as looking at employer websites and establishing what they (and their competitors!) are focusing on. It is also about being proactive and reaching out to employers you are interested in. This could be as straightforward as attending events, career fairs and forums and talking to employers about the opportunities they have, and ,equally, telling them about what you have got to offer. It is also about a smart on line presence and effective use of networking sites, such as LinkedIn where you can connect to employers, join, and contribute to, relevant groups and discussion, together with promoting your skills, knowledge and experience in your profile.