Careers and Employment

Emily B

Doing a degree is a great gateway to your dream job as it provides you with the academic qualification you may need. It also gives you some life skills that don’t come with a qualification but are just as important such as confidence, team working skills, time management and the ability to network. That being said, many students even in their 3rd year have no idea what job they want to do when they leave Uni! Obviously there will be those who go to Uni with their future planned out and the degree is a fundamental step in that journey but it is not that simple for everyone, including myself.

I embarked on a Tourism Management degree not knowing the exact job that I want at the end. That is quite a good thing in a way because it means that I can see what I like and what I don’t like within the industry so can cross some potential jobs off straight away. And equally, I can focus on what I do enjoy and then see what jobs I can potentially do along those lines. There are so many opportunities thrown your way at Derby so you get plenty of time and chances to find out what floats your boat, so don’t worry too much about knowing exactly what it is you want to be when you finish. The Careers and Employment Service are there for just that purpose. They will guide you in the direction you want to take or assess your skills and see where you could fit in in the world of work. Whether this be continuing with education through a postgraduate course or applying for graduate programmes, they are there to help. The employability advisers are there from your first day at university until up to 3 years after you have left so there is always time to have a chat with them. They can help by arranging a one to one appointment, improve your CV and prepare you for interviews. So take advantage of this service so you can bag your ideal job after you graduate!

They recommend you view your career ahead in three stages:

1st Year-

  • Create your CV and let an advisor review it to make it even better
  • Try and gain some paid work experience through part time work to gain extra skills
  • Think about what you like and dislike in a job to eliminate careers
  • Think about volunteering in your chosen industry- this looks great to employers and you may really enjoy it!
  • If commitments allow it, think about a summer internship in your industry!
  • Book an appointment with an advisor for a careers chat

2nd Year-

  • Identify your skills, if you find it hard to compliment yourself, ask your lecturer or a fellow student! Also identify what you are not so good at so you can work on improving that
  • Research job areas that interest you and the skills/ requirements you would need to get into that career
  • Book another appointment with an advisor to talk about which direction you would like your career to be in
  • If it is a postgraduate course or teaching you are aiming to get into then make yourself familiar with the admissions for these options

3rd Year

  • Review your CV- add anything you have undertaken in your first and second year such as volunteering, paid work and experience.
  • If there is a particular job you re aiming for, target your CV to that and then have an advisor review it.

Good luck!

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