What do You Want to do?

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The dreaded question!


Some graduates have a vocational degree and follow a predetermined career path (e.g. medicine, veterinary science, law), but many more leave university without any clear career direction.
It’s perfectly OK not to know what you want to do.


The most important advice is to go into an area that you enjoy, or where you have a genuine interest.  If you’re passionate about what you do, you are far, far more likely to be successful!!
So don’t be seduced by jobs that just sound impressive or pay well. And don’t feel pressured by what your friends are doing, or what family members think.  Follow your own path – it’s OK to be different and it’s vital to pursue what’s right for you.



‘Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly’
Robert. F. Kennedy

‘Pursue your calling – if it’s in you, let nothing stop you.’
David Grindley – Award winning Theatre Director

Source: Hampton School Arts Festival  



If you’re unsure, you could opt for something more general that exposes you to different areas (e.g. graduate training schemes), or apply for internships or work experience. Just focus on what you might like to try for the next year or so. Career development is an on-going process. Life is full of changes and new opportunities and it’s fine to change track. So don’t feel overwhelmed by trying to find the perfect first job; if it doesn’t work out, there will be other options  – and at least you will know what you don’t want to do!  It might even open doors in unexpected ways, through meeting useful contacts or learning new skills… so just have a go!

Find out more about career direction:

Grad Bites: Not a Clue What to Do? Help from a Life Coach
Watch this bite-size video from an early careers life coach, who helps graduates and young adults work out what they really want and how to get there


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