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Explore your talents and interests and find out what career might be right for you.

If you find yourself unsure of what you would like to do upon leaving university, please be assured that this is not unusual and many of your friends will find themselves in similar positions. Furthermore, assistance is available to help you explore your options and to find a career which suits your interests and talents. While this process might take a while, it is worthwhile because the more research you undertake, the more informed your choice will be and the more likely it will be that you embark on a career which is rewarding and stimulating.

A good place to start is by undertaking a self assessment which will help you to obtain a better understanding of those occupations which will suit your skills and interests.

Useful self assessment resources and advice

We have researched some useful websites to help you assess yourself and provided you with a skills needs analysis tool:

  • Windmills Programme (UK) website
    An external online tool to help you identify your skills and interests.
  • Graduate Prospects (UK) website: The Prospects Planner
    Graduate Prospects is the UK's official graduate careers website. The Prospects Planner is an external online tool to find out what motivates you in a job, identify your skills and what you can offer to the job or employer.
  • The University of Auckland Business School Career skills needs analysis
    A self assessment audit designed to help you identify your personal strengths and weaknesses (see file attachment below).

Before you can begin researching your career it's important to be clear about what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you find interesting, what you enjoy doing and importantly, what you don't enjoy doing… after all, you spend a lot of time at work so it's important you choose a career you enjoy.

Also, think about what is important to you in a job, what are your values and motivations? Remember it's not all about how much you get paid, this will only keep you motivated for so long.

Remember that even if you have no idea what you want to do when you graduate it's important to develop a range of transferable skills while at university through work experience and extracurricular activities. These will not only enhance your CV but will also give you a better idea of your strengths and weaknesses and the things that you enjoy doing.

Please feel free to book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to discuss your career options. However, we recommend that you read this section of the website first and use some of the self assessment resources listed above. The results of your self assessment exercises will help the Careers Consultant provide you with more specific and relevant advice.