Careers Consultation appointments can be effective in helping you consider a suitable career, evaluate your options, and formulate a strategy for achieving your goals.
The appointments themselves are typically 30 minutes long, confidential, one-to-one sessions between yourself and an experienced adviser. The types of issues which might be covered in a careers consultation include:
- Helping you to identify and analyse the skills you have to offer.
- Talking about your course, its relevance to career choice, and what you have gained from it.
- Exploring the range of career options open to you and helping you to research possibilities such as graduate jobs, work experience, internships, further study, and time out to travel or a change in direction.
- Discussing how to put yourself across effectively in CVs and written applications and during selection interviews and assessment processes.
- The process of job search and selection.
- Encouraging self-reflection and making connections between your academic study, your voluntary work experience, and your home life and identifying how these all contribute towards your employability.
- Looking into areas where you are less confident in your skills and providing strategies to build your confidence.
- Reviewing your course/job choice or search to see if any changes of approach are necessary in order to secure a satisfactory outcome.
The structure and content of a careers consultation will depend in part on what your needs are, and typically the careers adviser will offer:
- Impartial, client centered and non-judgmental guidance.
- Support in decision making and prioritising actions.
- Accurate and up-to-date information.
- Alternative sources of information and help where appropriate.
A career consultation will not include:
- Telling you what choice is best for you – the decisions need to be yours.
- Producing lists of companies or vacancies which suit a narrowly defined field of interest.
- Filling in application forms or writing letters for you, or ringing companies on your behalf to enquire about vacancies or work experience.
- Proof-reading and writing your CV.