Career planning for freshers
Some simple steps for first-year students to help get started on career planning.
If you're a first-year student it's not too early to start thinking about your first graduate job. A bit of preparation now can make things easier when you start job hunting in your final year. Here are some ideas of things you could be doing now.
- Find out where your careers service is located and see what’s on offer.
- Make an appointment with a careers adviser to talk about your ideas, plans or concerns.
Get career ideas
- Research career options to see which areas might play to your strengths and weaknesses.
- Browse the ‘first destination returns’ from your careers service and speak to alumni to get information about what graduates from your course went on to do.
- Talk to people who work in your area of interest to find out more about their work area and role.
- Draw up a list of personal contacts who can help you get into your chosen field.
Leaving or changing your course?
- If you’re thinking of changing your course or leaving it altogether, make an appointment to see your careers adviser.
- Want to apply to a new course? Visit www.cao.ie (Ireland) and www.ucas.com (UK) for information on application procedures and closing dates.
- If you are leaving your course, be aware of the cost implications and the procedures. Check out www.studentfinance.ie, or talk to a careers adviser or tutor.
Get some experience
- Draw up a CV tailored to the industry you're interested in, then ask a careers adviser to review it.
- Keep an eye on your careers service’s noticeboards, newsletters and website for part-time or summer jobs.
- Compile a target list of companies to contact for summer work and make speculative applications.