Career in mind?
Do you know what you want to do but not sure how to get into it?
To help you explore the routes into the career you have in mind, you need to establish whether:
- you have a well-defined job or career in mind, or
- you are considering a sector or broad career area
An example would be: are you thinking about becoming a field trials officer or are you considering an environmental career?
A specific job in mind
If you know the job you want to go into, the next step is to find out about the routes in:
- Do you need a postgraduate or professional qualification? Is it a requirement or would it boost your knowledge and job prospects?
- Do you know which companies advertise the vacancies you're looking for?
- Where do they advertise job vacancies? Generic job boards such as Indeed or specialist recruitment agencies or job boards such as the New Scientist?
- Are there any application deadlines for jobs or further study options?
- How will I fund my studies?
- Do employers expect applicants to have some experience in the job or a similar area?
Answer these questions, using:
A sector or broad career area
If you've got a broad career area in mind, then the first place to start is to get a sense of the types of roles within the sector and where your interests lie.
For example, if you want to work for a charity, what jobs are there in charitable organisations and are you passionate about a specific cause - animal welfare, vulnerable adults, or overseas aid.
If you're interested in finance, are you interested in accountancy, banking and finance, financial planning, investment banking, insurance or tax?
Good starting points are: