You're almost there. The end is in sight and the world is waiting for
you. Although everyone says it's the best time of your life, it can
also be overwhelming. There's a lot of pressure on you to know where
you are going and to know what course and career you should be doing.
Choosing a career is a big life decision, so we've asked our team of
expert career counsellors for their top tips to help you start your journey.
You've probably completed a career quiz at school, you may have even
sat down with a career counsellor (if not we highly recommend it). But
nobody knows you like you know yourself. What are your likes and
dislikes? What interests you? What are you passionate about? Make a
list, check it twice. Take the time to think about what makes you
happy and work backwards. How will you get to that happy place? Your
future is worth an investment of your time and reflection.
"Get to know yourself and it's also good to find out about
the changing world of work and what skills will be in demand in the
Hannah, Careers Counsellor
It's estimated that when you train or work in one job you are gaining
skills that will help you get another 13 jobs[i]. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when
it comes to life after graduation. You might decide that you need a
break or you might decide to jump straight into another course.
Whatever you decide, you have options. Just because you study Hair and
Beauty now, doesn't mean you can't do Sound Production next year. The
point is all learning is good learning and that these initial steps
are only the first steps you will take on a lifelong journey.
"Keep your mind open. Talk to as many people as you can
including counsellors, teachers, parents, friends, employers.
Explore all your options." Hilary, Careers Counsellor
Discovering your tribe, or a group of likeminded people, is key to
helping you feel supported and building your network. Talk to as many
people as you can. Investigate an industry, think about a company you
could picture yourself working with. Ring them! Think about a course
you can see yourself studying, find someone who has finished the
course. Connect with them! People are more willing than you think to
share their experiences and to offer advice, and when you are
established and successful you will be able to pay it forward.
"Access your allies such as family, friends and peers. Career
success can be a team effort."
Jim, Career Counsellor
Congratulations on finishing school! If you're looking for
great career and study advice you can make an appointment to speak
to one of our career counsellors. Visit our website
for more information.