Planning

Now that you know what you want to do, a great place to start would be to visit your local Career Zone (Streatham/Penryn) for information and advice going forward.

My Career Zone

Activities To Help You Plan:

  • The Exeter Award - an achievement award for current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students at the University of Exeter. 
  • Career Action Plans can provide the structure you may need to clarify your objectives, prioritise your activities and instigate accountability to meet your deadlines. If you would like support to create a Career Action Plan that is tailored to your needs, then meeting with a Careers Consultant may help you to get into action!

Building Your Networks

  • Employment & alumni events
  • Career Mentor Scheme
  • eXepert Scheme
  • Careers fairs
  • Professional Institutions - These can offer a fantastic way to keep you up to date on the current issues relevant to occupations and sectors you are particularly interested in. They are effective resources to develop your commercial awareness, support routes for professional qualifications as well as act as learned societies for academic discussion and provide regional groups for local training and networking opportunities where you can connect with professionals at varying levels of seniority and specialism. Subject pages may provide links to some of the professional institutions in the UK relevant to your degree.

Gaining More Specialist Experience

Clarifying Your Internship/Graduate Employment Timescales:

  • Key Dates and Deadlines – closing dates for online applications are important, but be aware that many employers start their shortlisting process from their opening date and may therefore fill their quota of applications before the closing date. Planning early gives you the opportunity to adapt as circumstances, workload or your interests change.
  • 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.

Seeking Professional Support:

Careers advice & guidance – If you are ready to create an action plan, you may find it useful to meet with a Careers Consultant to discuss your ideas and begin to identify key dates and deadlines relevant to your interests to keep you on track and reduce the chance of missing out on opportunities available.