Career research and planning

The choices you make now are important but will not always restrict your future prospects, so don't panic, most people change their career several times, often quite soon after graduating.

It is a good idea, however, to start thinking about your career in your first year of study, as this will help you make informed decisions about the types of qualifications, skills and work experience you'll need to get into your chosen career or industry.

Getting started - Prospects Career Planner

With so many potential careers to choose from the initial stages of career planning can be daunting. The Prospects Career Planner will help you think about which jobs would suit you based on your skills, motivations and desires. 


Find a whole host of career research resources to help you narrow down your options, some of these are online and some are available in the Career Zone.


We offer lots of skills training and events to help you with career planning, including careers fairs and industry specific talks and drop-in sessions with top graduate employers.

Employment sectors

Information and resources on a wide range of employment sectors. 

What can I do with my degree?

View the destination of University of Exeter graduates with your subject 6 months after graduation, and find links to the employment sector pages that are relevant to each degree.

Alumni profiles

We've gathered together some profiles of previous University of Exeter students in which they talk about their career paths and the roles and sectors they currently work in. They also give advice on what you can do to follow in their footsteps and tips on making your time at Exeter count.

Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme gives second year undergraduates the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with a professional working in their chosen future profession. These mentors can provide guidance, insight, contacts and general employability support.

eXepert (careers Q&A)

We have a large number of contactable alumni based all over the world working in a huge range of sectors that have offered to support students. Whether it's getting advice about a certain industry, or asking why someone has chosen to work for their company, the Exepert scheme is an invaluable resource.

Choosing postgraduate study

Postgraduate study, both research and taught, is a popular choice for Exeter graduates. Of those Exeter undergraduate students graduating in 2010, around 33% went straight on to further level study.