Thanks for coming along to the session earlier today – it was great to meet you all.
Career planning is all about knowing yourself, knowing what’s out there, making decisions and then implementing them. Sometimes the first steps can be the hardest: What do I value in work? What lifestyle do I imagine for myself? What’s out there? What do I have to offer? Is further study a good option for me – now or maybe later on? Should I take some time out to travel or volunteer to gain some more skills and perspective?
Here are additional copies of the worksheets from today:
And a PDF of the presentation: Options with BSc Applied Sports Science
Hopefully today’s session highlighted some of the things to think about in the planning and execution of your career after graduation. Career planning is not a one-off activity – at various stages in your life it will be useful to stop for a moment, review where you are, how you got there, where you’d like to go next and how to do that.
And don’t forget – you can use the Careers Service up to 2 years after graduation.
The Careers Service website is good way to get started in planning your future from the comfort of your own home. We also have a plethora of resources in our Information Centre on the third floor of the Main Library Building in George Square:
Explore your Broad Options after University: Work, Further Study, Volunteering, Self-Employment and Taking Time Out.
Options with your degree
The ‘Options series’ gives an overview of the typical areas of work graduates from specific courses might consider. These overviews are also useful for thinking about the generic skills you’ve gained from your degree – you just need to supply the specific evidence from your own experience:
Employability Profile for Sport and related degrees – some additional support in thinking about what you’ve gained from your degree.
BASES Careers Guide – information, advice and case studies. We also have hard copies in the Information Centre.
Networking Advice and Information
Informational interviewing – how to contact people for career advice and build relationships
Using social media in your job search and networking
The Information on these web pages can help you get started in your research.
In our ‘Green Folders’ you will find detailed information about various career areas, including job profiles, information from professional bodies, case studies, journals and articles.
We also have a wide selection of reference books on further study, working abroad, specific occupation areas as well as the recruitment and selection process. You can browse our reference books on Library Thing.
Recruitment and Selection
On the Careers Service website you find information and advice on:
…and more. You can book a 20 minute appointment to get one-to-one feedback on CVs, covering letters, applications and personal statements.
Read this one page hand out to find out more about Asking for references
Careers guidance is the support offered by qualified and experienced advisers to help you work through the process of career choice. A guidance appointment (or several) can give you the space and time to think about and talk over your plans (or lack of), help you to clarify your thinking, and cope with the unexpected. We genuinely don’t mind what your career ideas are. My job is to provide place for you to be honest with yourself, experiment and think without limits about what really matters to you.