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I haven’t got a job lined up – what now? (Part 2)

Yesterday’s blog highlighted some of the different routes you can take to help you find your dream job. For some of you, it may be a case of not knowing what you want to do. You may have a degree that is not industry-specific or does not have a set career path and now you have no idea what you want to do. If you are in this position there are a few strategies that can help you with your decision making. Remember, you potentially have decades of work ahead of you, so make sure you don’t find yourself in a job you hate. Take some time to work out what might suit you.

Use online tools on websites such as Prospects and TargetJobs to gain an understanding of the different jobs available in different sectors. Both these sites have career planning tools (Prospects Career Planner and TargetJobs Careers Report) to help you generate ideas as well as numerous pages of information which provide an overview of many career sectors. Both of these websites aim to help students and graduates make informed choices about their career options.

Volunteering is not just a good opportunity to give something back, but can be a great way to find out whether you like a specific job role. Some charities, whether small or large, will offer volunteering opportunities that will allow you to put the theory you learnt on your course into practice. By offering to volunteer in in a relevant department you can get an accurate idea of the day to day activities involved in a specific job role, as well as gain insight from experienced people.

Shadowing is a wonderful way to get an idea of the everyday aspects of an individual’s job. Shadowing is usually an opportunity that you will have to create for yourself. This can be through a contact you have or one that you have access to e.g a friend’s parent. If there is a specific organisation or job role you are interested in, then shadowing for a day can provide you with real insight, helping you when it comes to decision making.

Internships are an excellent way of gaining some experience within a job role, organisation or sector and you can find these using the strategies mentioned in yesterday’s blog. There is also the possibility that if you impress during your internship, there will be a contract extension or a full time position available when you finish.

What to do next
You can use the Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service for up to two years after your graduation date. If you want to have an appointment with one of our advisers please contact us by calling 01707 284791, emailing careers@herts.ac.uk or by visiting us in the Hutton Hub, College Lane or M018, the Atrium, de Havilland. You can also book an appointment online via CareerHub, using your StudyNet username and password to log in. You have the option to attend these appointments face-to-face or remotely via telephone or Skype. You also have the choice to have your CV and cover letter reviewed while off campus.

If you know what you want to do, but need some help finding your dream job, check out part one of this blog by clicking here.

By Michael Cushway, Careers Officer

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