Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

No ideas?

I have no ideas

Tired of people asking, what’s next and not knowing what to say? Does it feel like everyone has a plan apart from you?

Don’t feel pressurised into making a rushed decision: even if you’re in your final year there’s time to work it out and you can use our services as a graduate.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone - we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Getting to know you

First things first, to work out what jobs will interest you. You’ll need to know:

  • What energises you?
  • What are your strengths and skills?
  • What do you like doing and what don’t you like doing?
  • What interests you?
  • What would be important to you in a job or an employer you would like to work for?

You can then review job profiles to determine how well different jobs would suit you.

Sounds like hard work?

Here are three different ways to develop your self-awareness

Try one or two of them and then come and talk to us. 

I'm short on time

The worksheet

Use this worksheet to structure your thinking. You don’t have to do this activity alone – ask friends and family for their input.

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You might be surprised by what they say: they may identify strengths that you hadn’t recognised in yourself or highlight areas that you haven't placed much value on.

The online personality questionnaire

It's simple and at the end of the questionnaire you'll be matched to one of 16 personality types.

16 personalities

Find out more about your 'personality type' - how accurate is it? Does this give you an insight into the type of job that would interest you?

Talk to an adviser

Now you need to use this list to explore different jobs to see how well they match? Not sure how to do this?

Talk to an adviser and take the next step


I have a bit more time (includes new interactive exercise)

The interactive exercise

Building self awareness to help your career thinking

We've created a 30-minute interactive exercise designed to help you explore and understand why your values, preferences, interests, strengths, motivations are key to making good career decisions (and avoiding bad ones) now and in the future.

Go to our self-awareness reflective exercise

Once you've completed the exercise, chat through your thoughts with an adviser.



The job matching quiz

Prospects Planner is an online questionnaire that asks about your interests, skills, motivations and desires. It then matches your interests to a wide range of graduate job profiles.

The system lets you know how well you’ve matched up to the profiles based on your interests, skills, motivations and desires. Remember this is a guide or a starting point - it is not a definite list of the jobs you should or could do!

Prospects Planner

Cross off any jobs that don’t interest you and highlight say, five jobs that you’d like to find out about. Use the links to the profiles and explore. Once you’ve done this, are you going to keep them on the list? 

Talk to an adviser

Not sure why some jobs are on the list? Not sure it's helped? Chat through the results with an adviser.

Book an appointment

Read our blog

Having a graduate job or career in place when you leave university is not the be all and end all. Read our blog to hear how Anna approached not having a job in place when she graduated. 

Read our blog: I Don't Have a Grad Job: Now What? 


I want an in-depth look using Profiling for Success

We subscribe to Profiling for Success, an online tool to help you understand your abilities, learning styles, personality, motivations and interests. The company behind Profiling for Success is Team Focus.


You can take all four questionnaires or take one or two and return later to do the others. You will need to make time to complete these tests - up to one hour.

The reports and talking to an adviser

After completing a questionnaire, you will receive a detailed report. Again, these will take some time to read through and digest.

Once you’ve read through the reports, why not book an appointment with an adviser to discuss the outcomes and your next step.

Book an appointment


Explore career areas to help you consider where your interests lie

Alongside considering your skills and interests, it's also a good idea to explore a range of career areas to get a sense of what might appeal to you.

Using our A to Z of careers and sectors, there maybe some job areas that stand out for you sparking an interest and there may be others that you wouldn't consider at all. Take your time and don't dismiss any area if you're not really sure what it involves as it might just be perfect for you. You can also check out the job profiles on the Prospects website.


Watch our video about how we can help

Lots of students don't know what they want to do after university.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone - we’re here to help you every step of the way.

This video will help you generate ideas and understand how we can help.




Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679