Career Planning

Knowing what you can do with your degree is important for career planning.
Many recruiters ask for graduates with specific skills and qualities, along with good results regardless of the course title, so don’t worry if you decide you’d like a career in a different field to your degree.

Don’t limit yourself - having a law degree doesn’t mean you have to continue in that field. Your new skills and qualities could be transferable into other industries.

First steps:
  • research possible job sectors and roles
  • identify your current skills and strengths to highlight any gaps
  • identify what you need to make an informed decision about your future.

Prospects.ac.uk offers useful information about degree subjects and their related job roles. You may also find Careerplayer.com/graduate-jobs useful.


Career choice

If you’re unsure on what career path to take, the steps below should be helpful. If you already know what it is that you want to do, you may wish to skip ahead.

  1. What are you interested in?
  2. What industry could your existing skills, motivations and interests apply to?
  3. Now you have an industry in mind, research specific roles and possible companies to join
  4. Talk to people working in these areas, you can use LinkedIn to make contacts
  5. Where would your dream job be? Consider locations and the working environment
  6. Promote yourself through social media as though you already work in the sector
  7. Connect with people in positions-of-power who could possibly hire you

Also consider:

Local opportunities and community involvement, having a short term plan whilst you work on the bigger picture.

Relevant experience whilst working towards your dream job, consider voluntary work. For example, if marketing is your area of interest, you could help out a local charity.

Already know what you want to do?
Below are some suggestions for navigating your way forwards:

  1. Find out as much as you can about the career or job sector you want to work in. Look at the entry requirements, skills needed and necessary training.
  2. Identify where the jobs are - what sectors are they in? Are they in a specific location?
  3. What’s the recruitment process for these jobs? What would you need to prepare
  4. Use LinkedIn to connect with people already doing this job role or working in your chosen sector. Connect with them; look at people’s career history and see how they got started.
  5. Can you do any volunteering in your chosen sector?
  6. You could start contributing to your field of interest online by joining in conversations or writing articles.