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Career options and ideas

Generating career ideas

There are a number of resources available that can help you to focus your career thinking.  One popular activity is to complete the career planner quiz on the Prospects site.

Once you have completed the quiz, start to read the suggested job profiles as well as look at the main career sectors that these careers tend to fall within. Is there are a trend developing and is this something worth researching further?

Career options with your degree

Even though you have been studying for several years, you may not be aware of all the career options open to you.  You might like to make use of the following two resources.

What can I do with my degree – this resource, within the Prospects website, lists many of the more popular degree subjects.  After clicking on the one that closest matches your degree, it will list career suggestions as well as advise you of the skills you have to offer and point out who the main employers for your subject are.

Degree subjects: your career options – Target Jobs has created a useful resource similar to prospects.  It has a list of degree subjects and within each of these there are suggested career ideas as well as skills you can list on your CV.

Career options using your transferrable skills

You may find that, despite studying a particular subject at university, you do not wish to follow a career directly related to your degree.  Over 80% of graduate schemes are open to graduates from any discipline. It is therefore important to be aware of the skills and strengths you are able to offer an employer. These skills will be developed through life, work and study experiences.  Identifying your skills and strengths can help you to discover suitable career options too. 

On the National Careers Service site they have a Skills Health Check which ‘is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you explore your skills, interests and motivations’.

Access the Skills Health Check

Employability Self Evaluation (ESE)

During your time at Southampton Solent University, you may have undertaken the Employability Self Evaluation (ESE) questionnaire.  This is designed to help you reflect on your level of confidence within different aspects of employability.  If you not already done so, you may wish to take the questionnaire now.

At the end of the test you will get a graph showing you how you rated yourself.  You will find the graph more helpful for your future career planning if you take your time when answering.  There are 48 questions altogether and should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Careers Guidance appointment

If you wish to discuss your career ideas, plans and options with a careers adviser, please follow this link to make an appointment.

Page last updated on Monday 29 January 2018 at 5.17pm.

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