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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see how I can help you.