Handy guides to help with your career planning

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Are you busy plotting out your career path or maybe have no clue where to even begin? Whatever stage of your career you’re at, there is a career guide out there which can help you take the right steps. We’ve rounded up some here which will help you explore what opportunities are available in different sectors, figure out where in the world you want to work and discover which are the top employers to work for. Happy reading!

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2021/2022

This guide includes the very latest assessment of how the graduate job market is recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as full details of the graduate vacancies and work experience available at the UK’s most sought-after employers in the year ahead. Together, the graduate employers featured in the new edition are offering more than 24,000 graduate vacancies in 15 different industries and business sectors for 2022. Download a copy.

We also have physical copies of this available in the Careers and Placements Centre.

The UK 300 2021/2022

Discover the most popular graduate employers in the UK, as voted for by students and graduates. You can also view students’ favourite employers in 19 different career sectors from accountancy through to scientific research. Download a copy.

We also have physical copies of this available in the Careers and Placements Centre.

TargetJobs careers guides and directories 2021/2022

TargetJobs specialise in all things careers. Their website has information about the latest graduate opportunities and internships, application advice, upcoming employability events and more. They also publish in-depth, digital sector guides that cover areas such as Law, Consulting, Engineering, IT and Property. Take a look at all their publications.

Prospects Student Career Guide 2021/2022

Prospects are the experts in graduate careers. They can help you find your perfect career by providing you with advice on a range of areas including polishing your CV, writing a cover letter, impressing employers in interviews and much more. This essential careers guide contains profiles of some of the UK’s largest recruiters, along with insights into how to apply for graduate roles and postgraduate study. Download a copy.

The JobCrowd Top Companies for Graduates to work for 2021/2022

The ultimate student guide that analyses thousands of anonymous surveys, completed by newly employed graduates, to list the top companies to work for. The graduate employees are asked to rate a workplace and job based on 13 key elements which include: benefits, salary, career progression, training offered, ethical and environmental awareness, and more. Whether you’re interested in law or the arts, construction or finance, this extensive guide is packed full of the information you need so you can make the right decision for your future. Download a copy.

Inside Careers guides 2021/2022

Inside Careers are the specialist in niche job boards. As well as hosting a portfolio of industry-specific job boards, they also publish digital guides which contain comprehensive directories of employers recruiting in that industry, as well as useful careers advice. These are the guides you can access:

The Beginner’s Guide to a Careers in Law 2021/2022

Designed for students in the early stages of their university studies who are just starting to investigate a career in law, the guide gives clear, accessible and friendly advice on the basic structure of a legal career and how to achieve it. Download a copy.  


If you’re an international student or considering a move abroad, make sure to use GoinGlobal. This website offers global career guides to help you understand things like hiring trends, industry overviews and visa regulations for specific locations around the world. Take advantage of:

  • Country career guides – these provide career advice for the leading employment markets around the world.
  • Global city career guides – these are location-specific employment resources for cities across the globe.
  • USA city career guides – these guides are filled with all you need to know about living and working in the largest metropolitan areas across USA.

Careers and Placements resource library

Over on our Careers and Placements webpages, we have a resource library that is packed full of useful guides that we have written. These guides cover all sorts of topics, including: how to craft a winning CV, getting to grips with psychometric testing and getting the most out of LinkedIn. There are also some career guides on there that are tailored to particular year groups, as well as information about how to use Aston Futures effectively. Take a look at the full range of resources.

Jodie, a member of Careers+Placements staff

Written by Jodie Carpenter, Careers and Placements