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University Careers Service

I say this to all the students who come to me for career coaching - Use your university careers service…it's free and it has lots of useful services to help you plan and manage your career. Familiarise yourself with what your university careers service offers. Most will offer careers information, support and guidance on these areas:

1. Exploring options - if you don't know what to do, or want to know yourself better, these services will help you be more self-aware so you can start to explore the career that may suit you.

2. Employability - this area will help you understand how you can make yourself more employable by addressing the gaps and through building the right skills, knowledge and experience you need for your target job.

3. Jobs, work experience and volunteering - sometimes universities have links with employers and alumni, there will be information about jobs you can apply for, how to gain work experience, recruitment fairs, local volunteering opportunities, etc.

4. Application process - there will be online and personal support on writing cover letters, constructing your CV, assessment centre practise, interview skills and lots more.

5. Information - about the the jobs or sectors you are interested, including pay, hours, skills, knowledge and experience required.

Remember to get the support you need to help you with your career. University is the perfect time to start looking into this, planning and taking the action to start developing all the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get yourself career ready for when you leave.

Watch this YouTube video to find out more about your university careers service, and my other videos with useful support to help you get career ready.

If you can’t find what you need at your university, a career coach may be just what you need. My coaching is tailored and personalised to you and I will work with you to quickly focus on the things you need to manage your career and reach your goals. Contact me on contact@coachingst.com to see how I can help you.

I started a YouTube channel to help university students manage and build their careers
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Career coaching can sometimes be deemed as a privilege for those who can afford it in terms of time and money. Many may not even be aware a service like this exists and don’t realise the benefits of having one to one support to help work through career options, career vision and plan.

I’ve been coaching for over ten years and I wanted to find a way to use my skills, knowledge and experience to make career related learning and development accessible to more people. Whilst coaching my student clients and reflecting on my Masters in Career Development and Coaching Studies, I’ve realised there is so much I can share to support university students with their early careers.

I believe in continuous self-development through new learning, getting outside comfort zones and trying things out, and listening to constructive feedback. A number of people encouraged me to get on social media to share what I know and I thank them for their gentle nudges (you know who you are!). After doing lots of research I found YouTube is a commonly used source of information for students and invested in Sunny Lenarduzzi’s YouTube for Bosses program because I wanted to do this properly, methodically and quickly. In one month, I have five videos uploaded and over 50 ideas in the pipeline of career topics to help university students. I’m still a beginner and there’s so much more to learn and apply, but I’m enjoying the challenging process.

Feel free to watch my content and share my videos with anyone you think may find them useful.

https://youtu.be/s6X0yNQSnuM