Now that you know what you would like to do, the next step is to plan how you are going to get there. If at any point during the planning stage you change your mind, that’s fine, it’s all part of the process, just revisit the Decide pathway.
- Build a SMART careers action plan. You may need to clarify your objectives, prioritise your activities and have deadlines. If you would like support to build a career action plan book a careers guidance appointment through your My Career account.
- Build your networks and attend one of the careers fairs on campus that usually run in October and February each year. Also look out for some of our other events. All our listed on our Events web page and more information and the opportunity to book a place is available through your My Career account. Based in Birmingham we can also offer you access to the autumn Grad Jobs Live event at the NEC. With free entry this offers the opportunity to meet graduate recruiters face to face. For a place on our coach to the event book through your My Career account or you can make your own way there. Also look out for events announced throughout the year.
- Gain more experience in your chosen sector.
- Know about postgraduate study options and if it is needed for your career. Visit institutions on open days and check out postgraduate study information which can be found on websites such as Prospects Postgraduate Study information . Newman University careers service subscribes to The Alternative Guide To Postgraduate Funding Online. This means that you can access the postgraduate funding guide for free!
- Know key dates and deadlines for your chosen sector. Closing dates for graduate schemes and postgraduate courses can happen at the beginning of your final year. Look on sector or company websites to find out more information.
- Know how your chosen sector and roles of interest recruit and what websites they advertise on. Draw up a list of websites and recruitment events you can attend. The careers team can help you in doing this for your chosen area. General useful websites include:
- W M Jobs
- Birmingham City Council
- NHS Jobs
- UK 300
- Grad Jobs
- TARGET jobs
- Opportunities on your My Career account.
- Subject specific booklets on the Careers intranet resources page contain all the useful job search sites related to your area.
- LinkedIn job search
- Indeed include key words and locations.
- Planned Happenstance – whilst planning helps us to clarify what we want to do, how we may be able to achieve our goals and the order in which we act, life is not always a straight pathway! This can be a good thing if we’re willing to recognise and grasp onto unexpected opportunities when they arise. Krumboltz’ planned happenstance theory of learning encourages us to develop our curiosity, persistence and flexibility, as people with these qualities tend to be more likely to capitalise on chance events and turn serendipity into opportunity.
Seek professional support
- For personalised one-to-one advice and guidance, talk to a Careers Adviser in a Careers Guidance appointment. You can book this through your My Career account.
- Attend a Career Planning workshop run by the careers service. To find a workshop and book a place log on to your My Career account.
- For personalised one-to-one advice and guidance on securing an opportunity, talk to a Careers Adviser in a Job and Placement Shop appointment. You can book this through your My Career account.
- Attend a Job and Placement Search workshop run by the careers service (these run from September until May each year). To find a workshop and book a place log on to your My Career account.
- You may also have the opportunity to see a progression coach for your career development.
- Access useful information, advice and guidance on the Careers intranet resources page.
When you are ready you can move on to the Compete stage.