7 steps to getting career ready in your final semester

Written by Samantha Oates-Miller, Careers Insights and Graduate Support Assistant at The Careers Service

Your final semester is a great time to plan for your next steps after graduation. There are lots of things you can do now to ensure you finish your degree career-ready.

Here are our top 7 to get you started.

  1. Think about what you enjoy and what you’re good at:
  1. Consider how your strengths, skills and interests can be applied to different sectors:
  • Use the Prospects Career Planner to match your skills, motivations and ambitions to a range of industries that could be perfect for you.
  • Explore occupations, sectors and industries using the Which Career? section of the Careers Service website.
  • Get career inspiration by connecting with alumni from your course on LinkedIn and having a look at the sectors they went on to work in.
  1. Explore graduate recruiters from sectors you’re interested in:
  1. Keep applying for graduate jobs:
  • Find a huge range of graduate vacancies across various sectors and locations on CareerConnect. In fact, the highest number of full-time vacancies is always in May/June, just before you graduate.
  • Look for graduate jobs by sector using Graduate Job Search.
  • Remember, not all graduate jobs are advertised in the same way. Find hidden opportunities by developing a winning job-hunting strategy.
  1. Put your best foot forward when applying for graduate jobs:
  1. Continue to boost your skills, confidence and CV during your final semester:
  • Search for remote part-time work or volunteering opportunities on CareerConnect to find out the kind of work you enjoy (or don’t!), expand your network and enhance your employability.
  • Get virtual work experience on your CV, designed by leading graduate recruiters across a range of occupational areas from human rights, law and climate change to design, audit and cyber security.
  • Enhance your understanding and experience of key topics by doing an online course. Check out our list of free and low-cost online training resources
  1. Consider postgraduate study:

The Careers Service is here to help you. Now, and for up to two years after you finish your course. If you would like to talk to a Careers Consultant about your next steps, book a careers guidance appointment.

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