Guidance appointments are a great way to weigh up your different options for after you leave university. It’s useful to be able to talk to someone about the things you’ve been researching and considering, so you can make an informed choice on the route you want to take.
Hannah, Humanities finalist
This page provides information about Careers Guidance appointments, sessions and resources.
Careers Guidance Appointments
A Careers Guidance appointment is an opportunity to get impartial and confidential support from a qualified and experienced Careers Consultant. The focus of each appointment is on you and your needs – whether you want to get ‘unstuck’ and move forward with exploring and deciding your options, or have a specific query you need support with.
Watch this short clip to learn more about Careers Guidance appointments. You can also listen to our short podcast episode: How a career guidance appointment helped me.
Please remember to take steps to make the most out of your time with your consultant, by maximising your appointment.
Each appointment is different, however some of the more common queries Careers Consultants support with are:
- I don't know what I want to do after my degree. How do I decide?
- What can I do with my degree?
- How do I decide what the right job/career is for me?
- I want to use my degree when I graduate. What are my options?
- I'm interested in postgraduate study. Can you tell me if it’s worthwhile?
- I’m thinking of leaving/changing my course. How might this impact my future choices?
A Careers Consultant won’t:
- Tell you what to do - they are impartial and non-directive in their approach to helping you.
- Do all your research for you - however they can offer suggestions for where to start and offer direction.
- Know all the answers to your questions - they aim to equip you with the skills and confidence to move forwards. This will often involve signposting you to resources so you can find out the answers yourself.
- Provide any alternative "shortcuts" into a job (such as a personal recommendation, or contact details of hiring managers)
- Contact employers on your behalf
At the start of the appointment, the Careers Consultant will seek to find out what you would like to get from the appointment and your reasons for booking it. They will then ask questions to learn more about your current situation and your ideas or thoughts on the topic(s) you want to focus on. Don’t worry if you don’t have any ideas – this is one of the main reasons why we offer Careers Guidance appointments!
Throughout the appointment, the Careers Consultant will listen carefully to you to fully understand your situation and questions. They will also often:
- Explore what you already know about your options and/or area(s) of interest
- Talk to you about your preferences, strengths, values and skills
- Help draw out your priorities, values and expectations
- Ask questions to reframe issues
- Gently challenge your motivations or assumptions
Towards the end of the appointment the Careers Consultant will summarise your discussion and you will agree on action points for you to take forward.
You may find that you get everything you need from one Careers Guidance appointment, however you are welcome to return for another appointment if you feel it would be helpful. The Careers Consultant may also recommend that you return for another appointment, for example, after going away to do some research to learn more about your options.
In most cases, you will need to book an appointment by contacting the Career Zone. To book an appointment contact us between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can request an appointment by:
- Using the Live Chat located at the bottom right corner of this page
- Calling us on +44(0)1392 724493
- Visiting us in-person at the Forum (Streatham) or the Exchange (Penryn)
Careers Guidance Sessions
Career Consultants deliver a wide range of sessions designed to help you explore your options, reflect on what you want from a career and make decisions. These sessions are often delivered within your Faculty and/or discipline, however they also run the central sessions below.
To browse all career guidance sessions and register visit Handshake. Once logged in, you can search the title of the session(s) listed below that you are interested in attending.
Choosing a career or even a direction to take can be tough. This session will provide you with an introduction as to how to go about choosing a career.
This session will help you to identify the things you have come to value and how this may inform your career goals. You will broaden your understanding of employers wants and begin to action how you can use your unique strengths to enhance your career outcomes.
This session will provide information on the factors you need to consider when deciding to opt for postgraduate study and ways to identify suitable postgraduate courses. Please note this session is designed for students interested in postgraduate taught courses, not a PhD.
This session will help you consider whether studying for a PhD is right for you. It will cover what a PhD entails, key motivations for studying a PhD and future career options.
In this session you will learn about the 5 core things you could be doing when faced with setbacks in your placement and/or job search.
Careers Guidance Resources
Having a good understanding of your skills, values, strengths and motivations will help you make informed career decisions. To help build this self-awareness, visit the Profiling for Success page and take the questionnaires listed under the 'Self-awareness questionnaires' heading.
For more resources to help build your self-awareness visit the Help with self-awareness page.
The following resources will help you to explore options with your degree discipline:
- What can I do with my degree? - University of Exeter graduate destinations (Exeter specific)
- What can I do with my degree? - Prospects resource (generic)
Use the websites below to explore career sectors and job roles:
- Employment sectors – an A-Z of the most common sectors in the UK
- Prospects sectors and job profiles
- Help with researching career options - this page outlines the various ways you can research your options