The University of Exeter offers a fantastic complementary career service to help you research, choose and secure employment or further study after you have graduated. Regardless of which year of study you are in, it is important to start your career planning as soon as possible as some professions require planning and experience.
Activities To Help You Decide:
- eXfactor - an award-winning programme developed with you in mind - the first of its kind across all UK universities! eXfactor aims to get you to start thinking about what motivates you, what your interests and values are, the skills set you already have and what you need to develop in order to help you succeed after graduating.
- The Exeter Award - an achievement award for current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students at the University of Exeter.
- Grand Challenges - Grand Challenges is a week-long summer programme in which undergraduate University of Exeter students work together in interdisciplinary research groups, alongside some of our top academics, to address some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
Getting To Know Yourself Better:
- Skills Audit – a really useful exercise to define skills and competencies that many employers are looking for, and identify examples when you have put these skills into practice. This can also be useful for identifying particular strengths and areas for further skills development
- Making the most of extra-curricular activities – you can only do so much, so be strategic in how you spend your time. If you can make your social time, sport, clubs and societies help to develop your skills, connect you to networks or provide you with the opportunity to take on projects and responsibilities you can be developing your career potential whilst having a great time!
- Profiling for Success – A self-assessment tool that can help you in your personal and career development.
- Target Jobs Careers Report - A career planning tool that will help you get started on your job hunt. You'll work through some simple, interactive questionnaires that assess your career strengths, personality and abilities and, based on your responses, you'll get a list of jobs that may suit you.
- Planned Happenstance – whilst planning helps us to clarify what we want to do, how we may be able to achieve our goals and the order in which we act, life is not always so predictable, logical or linear! This can be a good thing... if we’re willing to recognise and grasp onto unexpected opportunities when they arise. Krumboltz’ planned happenstance theory of learning encourages us to develop our curiosity, persistence and flexibility, as people with these qualities tend to be more likely to capitalise on chance events and turn serendipity into opportunity.
- Taking Time Out – everyone is different and for some, the juggle of making career decisions, perhaps working part-time, completing application forms and managing student projects, whilst keeping happy and healthy can just feel too much. We want to support you to make the best decisions for what you need, so if you are wanting to primarily focus on your study and hold back on other activities for a while we would recommend meeting with a Careers Consultant to discuss making informed choices so that you can effectively plan and prepare in relation to adopting a different timeframe.
Researching Occupations and Sectors
- Career research and planning
- Information specific to your subject – do you want to a career that focuses more on your subject knowledge?
- Employment sectors – some jobs can be done in very different sectors, which working environments best suit you?
- Postgraduate study as an option – do your career aspirations require further study?
- Global employability – would you like to work abroad?
- Enterprise and Student Start ups – are you innovative and always coming up with new ideas?
- Alumni profiles
Talking and Listening To People
Gaining Some Introductory Experience
- Work Shadowing
- Taster Days
- Part-time jobs – be aware of the skills you use and the commercial awareness you develop from part-time jobs
Seeking Professional Support:
Careers advice & guidance – book appointments by visiting or telephoning the Career Zones on Campus
Changing Course – if you are concerned that your course of study is not what you expected, or may not be right for your career ideas do book an appointment to speak with a Careers Consultant as soon as possible to discuss what options may be available for you.
In addition to all the great online resources available on the careers webpage and through My Career Zone, printed literature and face-to-face support is also available at the Career Zone. Please feel free to drop in at the Career Zone in the Forum on Streatham Campus or in the Exchange on the Penryn campus. Alternatively you can ask a question online via My Career Zone or phone us on 01392 724493 (Exeter) or 01326 253735 (Cornwall).