Are you wondering how to choose your career? This is a common question. Our advice is to be open minded, and think about your suitability and personality.
Should you choose a career related to your degree?
Choosing a career is rarely easy. Many of you will change your mind about what you want to do during your time at university. While that degree in accounting sounded great when you wanted to be an Accountant, it starts to feel like not such a good choice when 2 years later you think you might prefer to be a lawyer.
It’s completely normal to change your mind about what career path you want to take.
If you’re wondering how to choose your career, don’t let your degree subject hold you back. Why? Because the good news is that most graduate schemes and graduate jobs do not require you to have a specific degree.
The only areas where a specific degree is usually necessary are law, medicine, science or architecture.
What’s really important to graduate employers?
What degree you did is a lot less important to employers than your personality, skills, aptitude and enthusiasm.
They want to see that you have the right characteristics for the role and a valuable skill-set that you can develop and build upon. Of course they will value your degree, but they are more interested in who you are and what potential you have.
Also, just because you have done a particular degree, does not necessarily mean that you are well-suited to a job in that area.
Your personality might be better matched to something completely different. If you’re unsure about what would be a good match for you and how to choose your career, try taking a career personality test. Or take the Guardian’s Personality Test.
As part of our careers coaching programmes, we offer career planning sessions to guide you into the right career path.
Your transferable skills
Having completed, or nearly completed a degree, you will have already built a skill-set that is valuable to many employers no matter what type of role you are looking to enter into.
These skills include:
- Teamwork – Have you completed group projects? Have you joined any sports teams or societies?
- Communication – Have you held discussions with your peers in seminars? Have you given presentations? Have you written essays? Just by doing a degree you will have developed both your verbal and written communication skills.
- Time management – Have you met deadlines? It’s pretty impossible to achieve a degree without sticking to deadlines and working under pressure which are both great skills to have in the world of work.
- Research skills – How many hours have you spent in the library? Completing a degree equips you with research skills which means you are able to research new ideas and select relevant information.
There are numerous other skills that you may have picked up during your time at university such as commercial awareness, computing, creativity, flexibility, numeracy and self-confidence. This will impact how to choose your career.
It is important to persuade graduate employers that the skills you have developed are relevant to the role you have applied for.
TIP: When you’re filling out application forms and writing your CV and covering letters, be sure to give examples of the skills you have that you know are relevant to the role.
How to choose your career summary
When considering how to choose your career, be open-minded about careers that aren’t obvious choices for your subject. If you want to do something completely different, it’s better to make the change early on than persist with a career for years that you get no fulfilment from.
If you want to pursue a certain career and you believe you can do it, you will be successful!
Looking for advice on how to choose your career? Book in a free consultation with us today, and we can guide you.