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Making predictions can be a risky business. It’s hard to be confident about what the future holds. Here are our tips to guide you in making that important life decision and seizing career opportunities coming your way.
Embrace change by acquiring soft skills
Soft skills such as flexibility, adaptability, resilience and problem solving will help you handle uncertainty and change. These skills will help you through the process and beyond, upon graduation. These skills are often valued by recruiters, making you an asset in the workplace. Here are some methods to acquire such skills and include them in your job application or job interview process:
- Adaptability and flexibility – You will benefit from having a more versatile degree which gives you the ability to adapt and be flexible to take up employment in different industries. For example, adaptability is a necessity in investment banking and law, due to current technological advancements and the future of work.
- Creativity – Develop your creative skills and gather evidence for job applications and interviews by becoming active in the running of a student society. You’d get extra points for creativity if you set up a new society but, in the absence of that, taking action to innovate and implement new ideas in an existing society would be just as good. Organise a recruitment drive, manage social media feeds, raise money for charity in creative ways, start your own blog, develop a website or an app, write for a media site, or even promote an event in an innovative way.
- Resilience is the ability to face setbacks, unforeseen events, obstacles and failures without allowing them to dominate, derail or destroy your life. It is not about being unaffected by stress or pressure; it is about recognising when you are affected by it and learning to manage it. Resilience increases with new experiences, for example, getting out of your comfort zone and getting involved in a new project at work.
- Problem solving is all about using logic, as well as imagination, to make sense of a situation and come up with an intelligent solution. In fact, the best problem solvers actively anticipate potential future problems and act to prevent them or mitigate its effects. Experimenting with different strategies to solve a problem is a great way to develop problem-solving abilities. In fact, this crucial skill is interconnected with other essential skills, including analytical skills, critical thinking, a lateral mindset and teamwork.
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Review your options, from post-grad study to working abroad
Are you considering further study? Speak to our counsellors for tips on what you can do with a master’s degree, how to market it in your job application and more. What if you just graduated? Our advice on how to structure your job hunt if you’ve already finished university will help keep you going until you succeed in getting that dream job. There are different stages to the job hunting process – deciding on a suitable career, the job application process and job interview stage – and there are proven ways in which job candidates can boost their chances at each stage.
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Careers that make a difference
If you care about making a difference, there’s a job out there for you that will enable you to have an impact and bring about positive change, regardless of your academic background.
We’ve put together a list to consider as a starting point to help you explore your options:
1) Helping groups of people with specific needs – You could specialise in supporting people who are affected by a specific issue, for example, by applying for jobs in the following areas: working with the homeless, working with refugees. You can find out more about what’s involved in working with this group by checking out the Make It Right Movement or MIRM (www.makeitrightmovement.com). MIRM can help you develop your skills especially in areas such as fundraising, marketing, administration, social work and advising on policy.
2) Working in international development – You could focus on providing humanitarian assistance at times of crisis or contributing to long-term projects to support the development of policies in a non-governmental organisation or an international organisation such as the United Nations.
3) Education and teaching – In a career as a teacher, you’ll be able to develop the potential of children and young people – and you could also make direct use of your degree by teaching a subject you love. There’s also the possibility of funding to help with the costs of training and early career payments in some subjects. You could teach in a primary or secondary school, specialising in the early years, or focus on working with children with special educational needs. Other career paths in education include teaching in settings such as pupil referral units and hospital schools.
For more details on education courses, check out the courses offered by Veritas University College.
4) Green careers – Green careers are focused on sustainability, ecology and protecting the environment. There are many different professions where you could choose to specialise in areas relating to the environment, including law, engineering and education. Alternatively, you could find work with an employer that is committed to becoming more sustainable.
5) Law – You could specialise in a field such as human rights law or environmental law, and you’ll also have opportunities to undertake pro bono work. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want to practise as a lawyer, and you’ll then need to look into different areas of practice to see which appeals to you.
Check out our article, Why Study Law?
6) Careers in creative industries – When we think of jobs that involve creativity, certain images spring to mind – an artist wearing a smock splashed with paint, an author working on a manuscript late into the night or a ceramicist carefully shaping a spinning clay pot. The fact is creativity plays a part in many other types of work as well. It’s an important element of careers ranging from engineering and consulting to marketing and publishing, so if you want to exercise your creative skills and seek careers that realise your true potential, check out various creative courses offered by IACT College.
Prepare for aptitude tests
Online aptitude tests are used by many large employers. They’re often set at an early stage in the graduate recruitment process, so don’t be surprised if you are required to take some tests after you’ve submitted your initial online application. There are three types of aptitude test you’re particularly likely to come across: numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning. Check out our free aptitude test, today!
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