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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.

  • Create your future - Unique to Exeter, Create your Future is a day-long personal and professional development programme for 1st year studentsgiving you the opportunity to think about what you want from your future after University, and the practical steps to get there. 
  • The Exeter Award - an achievement award for current undergraduate and taught postgraduate students at the University of Exeter. 
  • The Exeter Leaders Award - an achievement award for students who are keen to develop their leadership skills.
  • Challenges Online - 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.
  • Events - see a list of events to help you decide. 
  • Create your Future - Unique to Exeter, Create your Future is a day-long personal and professional development programme for 1st year students, giving you the opportunity to think about what you want from your future after University, and the practical steps to get there.
  • Prospects Planner - This career interest guide will give you the chance to discover which occupations will suit you, particularly helpful if you have few ideas about what you might do after graduation. Answer questions about which features of work appeal to you and what skills you would like to use in the workplace and get a list of occupations to investigate. Click on the link for each occupation to read about what the work entails, who would suit the work, pay and conditions, professional training, employers in this field, where they advertise vacancies, relevant postgraduate courses and career progression.
  • 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.