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Today careers are more diverse and flexible than ever before. There is not always one set pathway that leads to a particular job, but quite often a network of opportunities. These present their own challenges and benefits that can lead you into numerous roles across a vast array of industries. Trying to determine exactly what you want to do or develop a career progression plan can be difficult, especially when your options aren’t obvious or your skills and experiences don’t directly translate into a specific role.
Whether you are considering a career change, have recently graduated or are simply looking for guidance on the next step to take, we can provide invaluable insight into the job market, sector and particular organisation you hope to excel within.
Our career advice page offers a comprehensive library of tips and information on all aspects of the career lifecycle; finding the right position, tips on how to write a winning CV and cover letter, how to impress interviewers, career progression, graduate advice and improving your work-life wellbeing.Our extensive experience working with people at different stages within their careers gives us a deep understanding of the challenges candidates face and the questions that typically arise during a job search. Our specialist consultants can provide more detail specific advice for your career by assessing your unique skills, qualifications and experiences then matching them with relevant job vacancies to determine your position in the market.
More than 30,000 undergraduate courses are offered in the UK, so you need to be sure that what you pick will suit you.When choosing a course, there are lots of things to think about, including:
What subject you want to study
How you want to study
Where you want to study (choosing a course goes hand-in-hand with choosing a university).
To help you choose the right university for you, we’ve put together 5 tips.
1. Decide on the course you want to studyIn a recent survey, 18% of current university students questioned said they regret their choice of degree course, stating that their lack of research was the main cause of their regret. To avoid this, you should make sure that you do lots of research, and are confident that you’re choosing the best course for you.Your research should include a range of factors on the course and the university itself. Consider things like what you want to do when you graduate, or your personal style of learning, when you’re investigating course areas. Don’t be afraid to have a wide set of courses to research, as you don’t want to limit yourself to only the courses that you already think you might enjoy. There are hundreds of courses in the UK and even more in the EU, so don’t be too strict – even if you think you know what you want to study.
2. Understand the impact of your choicesYour choice of university and course will likely have a wide-reaching impact on your life and career. However, don’t let this worry you into choosing a course that you’re not going to be happy undertaking – but you should make sure that you understand what’s at stake. Your university choice can affect the careers that are open to you, as well as your routes into those jobs.Universities are ranked in league tables, and you should bear these in mind as the most prestigious universities are well-respected by employers. However, it’s also worth considering that many of these league tables are subject-specific. For example, some universities may be higher up the league tables for science-based courses than arts-based ones. You should bear these reputation differences in mind when considering your courses.
3. Think carefully about the location you want to study inYour decision shouldn’t just be about the course or the league table ranking of the universities you’re considering. Studying and living in a location that you like is important to your success at university.Universities are often classified into two distinct groups: campus universities and city universities. Campus universities are usually self-contained within one or two large sites, with nearby accommodation, while city universities tend to be a grouping of buildings with more scattered accommodation. Think about how you want to spend your time at university and the type of person you are. While every university is different, there are lots of similarities between these two groups. Think about the broad areas of university life and which type of campus you’d like to live and study on, and then get more specific.
4. Make the most of open daysOpen days are essential when it comes to choosing your university. You should try and visit each university that you apply for, as it’s important to get a good idea of what the university is like and what makes each one different.Remember that open days are designed to show the university in the best possible light. Don’t simply take claims to be true – but try not to be overly critical. Open days are a great way to explore the university and see what it has to offer. Don’t forget to think about the wider area, as well.There can be other benefits to open days, too. Admissions tutors will often give presentations where they discuss the types of applications they’d like to see, and there will usually be time for you to ask specific questions to help you in your application process.
5. Think about the whole experienceMaking the right university choice isn’t just about finding the best place to study. You’ll also want to think carefully about things like work experience and internship opportunities, as well as graduate employability and industry pathways from universities.Most universities have very successful careers support services, and will be able to help and support you as you transition into work. However, if you’ve got a very specific idea of what you want to do when you graduate, you may find that some universities offer specific services or opportunities that will really help you.
If you’re finding it difficult to make the right choice on Higher Education, UK Graduate is here to help. We match you with courses and universities that are suited to your interests, and help you streamline your research.
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Reviewing your Personal Statements
Compiling your documents for the application
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At UK Graduate, we know that if you’re happy and safe, you’ll have the best chance of academic success, so we encourage all of our students to take care of their well-being while they’re here, and ask for support when that could be beneficial. We are here to support your health and well being during your student journey.
Our team can advise on a range of emotional and well-being issues, and make referrals to specialist services. Our advisers and counselors will listen, understand and support you while you explore whatever issues are important to you.
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If you’re experiencing emotional or mental health issues, or anticipate that they may affect your studies, we encourage you to come and talk to us at the earliest opportunity so we can work with you to find the right solutions. We are here for you throughout your student journey.
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