How to choose the right career for you

JodieAdvice, Final Year, First Year, Graduates, Postgraduate, Second Year

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Planning out what you want to do with your life can be pretty daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. To help you out, here are some steps you can take to help you choose your career.

Think about what makes you tick

First of all, it’s important to know what makes you tick. Think about the things you’re interested in and the things you enjoy. This could be things you like to do at home as a hobby, topics you study as part of your degree or tasks you enjoy doing as part of a society/part-time role.

Prospects have a great Career Planner quiz which matches your skills, motivations and desires to a career that’s perfect for you – we recommend you give it a go.

Consider your strengths and weaknesses

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can help you to decide if a particular career is a good fit for you. Make a list of everything you enjoy and are good at, and things you may struggle with. For example, you may be good at writing, you may be fascinated by science and you may be the organiser amongst your friends. Knowing these things about yourself will be so helpful when you come to planning out which career path you want to take.

We’ve got a bunch of resources that are designed to help you identify your strengths and skills over on our website.

Research potential careers

If you’ve got some ideas as to what you might like to do, get your researching cap on. The possibilities are endless, but there’s a wealth of information out there to help you narrow down your decision.

Prospects is a great place to start – they have a section on their website which is dedicated to exploring job sectors and careers within certain industries. Whether you want to know what an Events Manager does on a daily basis, what it’s like working as a Chemical Engineer or what jobs you can find in the public sector, they’ve got you covered.

Explore alternative options

Not everybody finishes their degree and heads straight into a graduate scheme – and that’s totally fine!

You may be interested in self-employment or setting up a business. You might be considering the benefits of further study. There may be a vocational career out there that’s got your name on it. Be open to alternative options – we don’t all follow the same path, after all. We’ve got some information about exploring alternative options over on our website.

Get in touch with us

Some people think you have to have your career all figured out before you can have a chat with us, but that’s simply not true – we’re here to help you with identifying your strengths and skills, what you’re passionate about and how you can go out there and secure the job of your dreams. So, whether you’ve got no clue what you want to do at all or have already got it all planned out, come and talk to one of our friendly and experienced Careers Consultants for 1-to-1 advice.

You can book a virtual appointment with them through Aston Futures or by emailing careers@aston.ac.uk

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