Life after university

Careers checklist: What steps should I take?

Whether you know exactly what you want to be after university or you're still trying to figure some things out, have a look at our tips on how to decide on the next steps in your career.

Attend some career events

It’s okay to not know what you want to do with your career! Often degrees and other opportunities open up doors we never would have thought about before. Attending a careers fair are a great way to talk to employees and employers from a great range of industries. You never know what could grab your attention.

Make contacts and network

Events are also a great way to make contacts in various industries! These contacts may come in handy in the future once you leave university and look for work. 

Another great way to network is making a LinkedIn profile. Using LinkedIn allows users to message employees and employers in different industries to ask questions and make contacts. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask other users for advice, about what they did and how they made it to where they are in their career. Great advice will come from someone that has been in your position, and has made it in the industry you are considering a career in. 

Find work experience

Being at university is the ideal time to get a taste of what it is like to work in various sectors before you commit to a career. Work experience can be a number of things: an internship, placement, part-time work or even a volunteering role, it’s a great opportunity to gain insights into industries that you’re interesting, and potentially ones that you’d never considered. 

Not only that, but it’s a valuable addition to your CV, showing your efforts beyond your studies. The University’s Careers and Employability Service (formerly known as Purple Door) has a range of vacancies posted, you can tailor your search based on your interests too. 

Get involved on campus

University is the ideal place to get stuck in and try something new! It’s never too late to get involved. You could join a society, get involved with student media, or get behind a certain cause that’s being promoted. 

There’s something for everyone in Portsmouth. It will give you something to enjoy outside of your studies and build your confidence. Also, it may help you to determine where you want your career pathway to take you as you discover new interests and skills. 

Make full use of the University’s services

For advice and guidance, the University’s Career and Employability Service is a great place to start. The website advertises jobs, events and fairs, giving your everything you may need in one place. You can get help with mock interviews, applications, CVs and anything else career related. 

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