Research and plan your career

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's 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.

 In addition to the resources below a bespoke online educational programme has been created for Exeter students to guide you step-by-step through the career planning and job hunting process. The 'YES!' (“Your Employability Skills”) interactive lessons cover a wide range of employability skills from starting your career hunt, creating an e-profile, writing your CV, applications and interview guidance, as well as building your network and succeeding in the workplace. The programme is relevant to all disciplines and career paths and is available here: YES! (Your Employability Skills)


We have gathered together lots of resources in My Career Zone to help you research and plan your career.

In this section you can also see:

  • The Career Development Cycle - If you are uncertain about what you want to do after graduating or how you might choose between different options, try working through the Career Development Cycle.
  • Employment sectors - Find out about various employment sectors and follow links for more detailed information, job opportunities, professional bodies and major employers.
  • What can I do with my degree? - See the destination of University of Exeter graduates in each subject 6 months after graduation, learn the typical skills you will attain and find links to professional bodies and information sources.
  • Profiling for success - A self-assessment tool that can help you in your personal and career development. 
  • Alumni profiles - Find out what a range of University of Exeter graduates have gone on to do and read their top tips and careers advice.
  • LinkedIn Alumni Tool - Find graduates in specific subjects from Universities across the globe to see who they work for, the types of jobs they do and the skills they have.
  • Career Mentor Scheme - A unique opportunity for you to be matched with an experienced professional to gain one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession and sector for up to 6-months.
  • eXepert (careers Q&A) - Contact University alumni to gain advice on how to enter their chosen sector, work for a certain company, become self-employed or benefit from possible networking opportunities and contacts.
  • Information for graduates - If you're still making decisions about the type of work you're aiming for or preparing applications, you can access useful material here.
  • Guidance Sheet for Students thinking of Leaving their Course

The Career Zone aims to maximize the career prospects of all our students regardless of race, disability, beliefs, nationality, age or sexual orientation. Please see our information Equality and Diversity.