How to choose a career path that is right for you

Posted on: 05 Jul 2018

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Author: Lauren Sherry – MA Digital Marketing at University of Portsmouth

It's the time that you've been waiting three or more years for - the time that all of the lengthy essays, endless days (and nights) at the library and hard work have been counting towards - graduation!

Although, whilst mentally preparing yourself for the walk across the stage at graduation, and among the excitement of choosing your outfit for grad ball, you might not have given much thought much about what you're going to do next. However, the common question "so, what are you going to do now?" from your family, friends and co-workers may have quickly shaken you into reality, where you may now find yourself either frantically searching online for a job, or tips on how to stay at university forever and be the world's oldest student.

Sure, the thought of trying to find a job can be daunting, but with the right guidance and support, you'll feel far more prepared to go out there and find something that is ideal for you. After all, you've done the hard part of actually attaining your degree (remember all of those all-nighters in the library?), so now it's time to make it count and see what's out there! Here are some tips from the Careers and Employability Service Centre to help you find the perfect job for you:

1.   Don't focus on searching for specific job titles

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There are so many different job titles out there that require your skills set, so the last thing you want to do is limit your search by choosing specific job titles. Try searching for job areas, such as "Marketing", rather than adding "Assistant" or "Executive" on to your search.


2.   What kind of jobs don't you want?

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Elimination process time! If you're stuck trying to think about what type of job you want, perhaps think about what jobs aren't for you. You'll be surprised how this can make you realise what type of areas interest you and what you would like to build a career in!


3.   Check out Prospects' Career Planner

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Prospects offer a wonderful career planner for those who aren't quite sure what jobs to apply for. It takes into consideration your skills, motivations and desires to help you find the perfect job matches for you - definitely a great online tool to use and recommended by the Careers and Employability Service!


4. What kind of lucky company will you work for?

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There are many different types of companies to choose from, and all of which have their own benefits. If you choose to work for a large company, this would look great on your CV and may offer the opportunity in the future to change job roles within the firm, or even transfer to an overseas office!

However, working for smaller companies also has huge benefits, as this allows you to learn the ropes and gain experience in a varied role, where you are nurtured and recognised for your achievements. Speak with the University’s very own Graduate Recruitment Consultancy about opportunities available with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises –

You may also choose a company based on their ethos and what they believe in, training opportunities available and if there is any possibility for future career progression - these are all exciting things to take into consideration when choosing your ideal job.


5.   Recognise what you want, go out and get it!

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The average adult spends a staggering 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime, according to research from the Business Insider. With that in mind, here are some vital questions to ask yourself during your job search:

"What job will I want to get up in the morning for?"

"What job will excite me, and keep me interested?"

"What job will make me happy?"

After all, everyone wants to be happy in their job! By realising your potential and understanding what it is you want out of a career, this will put you on the right path to finding a suitable job.

To find out more about the support available via the Graduate Recruitment Consultancy please email or call 02392 842684 to speak with a consultant.

If you're unsure about what kind of job it is that you want and what career path you think will make you happy, then get in touch with the Careers and Employability Service, located in the James Watson building. Visit them to utilise their drop-in service, available for all current students and graduates who have graduated within the past five years. Or, to have a chat with one of their friendly Careers Advisers to discuss what career paths you could take, email, or call 02392 842684 and book an appointment today.

Good luck to this year's graduates during graduation week - take the first steps to finding your dream job by paying us a visit in the James Watson building while you're in sunny Portsmouth!