A few decades ago, it was the norm to choose a career and then stay in one job for the next 40 years. Then, if you were lucky, you might receive a gold watch and a decent pension. The world has changed a lot since then.

Nowadays, nobody raises an eyebrow if you move jobs every few years to gain experience and expand your horizons. So it makes sense to have some idea of where you want to head, start moving towards that and then be open to other options as they come along.

Where to start is the big question…

Find what you love

Think about the things you’re passionate about. What do you find yourself thinking or talking endlessly about (hint: people probably roll their eyes when you mention it again)? When you work at what you love, that energy motivates and inspires you, even when things aren’t going smoothly.
Use your natural talents

We all have some things we’re better at doing than others. Follow the flow of what’s easy for you, and you may find a ready-made career path waiting for you. If not, there’s nothing to stop you creating your own.

Gather information

The best people to tell you about a particular job are the people already doing it. Ask people you meet what they do and how they like it. If you have particular careers you’re interested in, do what you can to find contacts in that field, then take them to coffee and pick their brains.


Look for part-time or holiday jobs in the industries you think are possibilities for you. That way you get to try them out and see if they might work for you. Worst case scenario: you’ll make some money and meet some new people, who might become friends or advisors for you going forward.

Take a long-term view

Think about where you’d like to be in 5 to 10 years time, and identify the stepping stones that might get you there. Put together a list of possible jobs that could help you along the way, and use those as a map to follow (with flexibility of course).

For more ideas on how to choose your next step, take part in a Studentdigz Career Day. Look out for the next ones coming soon on 24 August and 8 September.

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