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A Graduate’s Guide: Control Your Own Future

Article by Bath Spa Careers March 21, 2019

Thinking beyond your final assignments can be hard, but it should be something to look forward to. Bath Spa Careers encourage students to maximise every opportunity, helping to put you at the front of the queue after graduation. The friendly team are always on hand to help, but in the meantime here are a few top tips to preparing yourself for life after university.

Explore Your Options

Some find it easier than others to decide on what to do once exams are over. You should know that there are countless combinations on what you might go on to do in order to achieve a satisfying career. Remember that everyone will have different ambitions and desires around their ideal job, so take the time to consider the right fit for you, dependent on what motivates you to get up in the morning.

For more info: What Are My Graduate Options + Prospects Career Planner

Reach for the Resources

There are plenty of useful resources on offer for you to look through in your own time. From graduate opportunities to working abroad, Bath Spa Careers have a great range of written and interactive resources for you to utilise any time of the day or night on MyCareer. Swat up on CV knowledge, practice interview skills or try our psychometric tests.

For more info: Log-in to MyCareerCareer Guides on Pearltrees

Put Yourself Out There

Don’t be afraid to showcase your skills to potential employers, be brave and get networking on social media sites such as LinkedIn, in person at industry events, or by seeking out what’s on in your local area. There are always lots of on-campus events i.e. Industry Insights and Employer in the Foyer. If you’re not sure where to start, try asking your friends or speak with one of our friendly advisors.

For more info: Guide to Networking + Employer Events on Campus

Be Open to Opportunities

Always try and keep an open mind when it comes to locating opportunities. You may have a specific region or sector in mind when considering roles, but for various reasons it may prove hard to achieve your first choice, so it’s worth compromising a little to find the next best thing. This might mean that you reconsider other factors, so make sure to be realistic, but also be happy in your choice.

For more info: Finding Graduate Jobs and Opportunities + Prospects Job Profiles

Ask for Advice

No matter what stage you’re at in your career thinking, remember that it’s okay to ask for a little help every now and again. Nobody knows exactly where they’ll be in a few months’ time, even if they think they do now. Whether you’re unsure about your options, struggling with applications or need help with networking, Bath Spa Careers are always here to help you, even after you graduate!

For further assistance or advice on your graduate job search, visit MyCareer (BSU student log-in required) or contact the Careers Team on careers@bathspa.ac.uk. You can also drop by the Careers reception in Steward’s Lodge, opposite the Newton Park library bus stop.

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