January 3, 2017, by Mike Walker
Five (Realistic) Career Resolutions
By student blogger Mike Walker, BA Theology
Like most people, I’ve never been very good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Looking back at my long list from 2016, I realised that I managed to complete a grand total of one. Shocking, right? So, this year I’ve decided to set some simple, realistic career resolutions instead.
1. Book a careers appointment
My first resolution is a no-brainer. It’s really quick and easy to book a careers appointment, so you’ve got no excuse not to. The benefit? You get twenty minutes of advice from a friendly careers adviser who can help you figure out how to choose a career, explore internship options, tailor your CV, and so much more. Book here – or alternatively go along to a drop-in session if you want something a bit more informal.
2. Read more
The careers landscape is changing so quickly that whatever field you’re in, whether it’s marketing or finance, keeping on top of current trends and developments is essential so that you don’t get left behind. This year, consider setting yourself a manageable goal such as reading industry-relevant journals for an hour a week.
3. Create an online presence
This year, why not consider setting up your own personal blog or online portfolio of work related to the industry you’re interested in? This kills two birds with one stone: not only will it make you stand out to employers as someone who’s passionate and knowledgeable about that field, but it will also give you a way to demonstrate your written and digital communication skills. WordPress and Medium are two great platforms to check out.
4. Become proficient with computer software, or take a programming course
Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates with digital skills. Not only is it essential that you master email and office programs – particularly Word and Excel – for a wide range of jobs, but showing expertise in other industry-specific software will put you a step ahead of the competition. Consider taking a course in computer programming, web design or publishing programs to demonstrate that you can bring more than just ‘core skills’ to a job. There’s lots of advice online about how to start developing these skills, here’s some tips to get you started.
5. Go to a careers fair
My final New Year’s resolution is, once again, a no-brainer. The Careers and Employability Service regularly puts on careers fairs to explore internship and graduate opportunities with employers themselves. These events are the best way to network and meet employers from your industry in one place. What’s more, you can just turn up on the day without booking, meaning that this is a simple but effective way of taking one step further on your career journey this year.
Have you got any career resolutions you would add to my list? Comment below.
If the New Year has got you thinking about your career, as Mike says, we’re here to help. Whether you come and say hello, attend one of this term’s many events or pick up a copy of the Careers Handbook from the libraries or our offices, it’s all one step in the right direction.