Careers Service

Preparing for your appointment

It is often a good idea to do some thinking and reading before your appointment. At the time of booking you may be advised of specific resources to help you get started with your enquiry. These will help you with your basic research and may answer some of your initial questions.

If you are unsure of which resources you should read before your appointment, the Careers Information Team will be happy to advise you.

  • I don't know what I want to do? Suitable both for people starting from scratch and also those wanting to check that they have not missed any options. Thinking about some of the questions in this session can provide a place to start in your appointment. If you try some of the questionnaires you could take a print out of the results with you, they can be helpful to the Consultant even if you disagree with the results, that in itself is illuminating!
  • Which career? Use this section either to start browsing career options or to find information about a particular area of interest. We have distilled our top tips and recommended links into these pages which you can use to direct you to further research if you wish.

What could your appointment cover?

When you book you will be asked for a little information about what you would like to discuss. It is likely that the appointment will include one or more of the following:

  • Helping you to get started, whether you know what you want to do or don't have a clue.
  • Discussing information about you, your preferences, abilities, skills, strengths, weaknesses, values etc.
  • Exploring the range of options and alternatives available to you.
  • Helping you to help yourself eg signposting relevant sources of information and encouraging you to conduct research into areas of interest.
  • Talking about and reflecting upon your course and the experiences and learning that you have gained from it.
  • Helping you to put your ideas into practice.
  • Discussing any problems you feel you may have with your job search. Suggesting possible solutions or contingency plans.
  • Discussing the best ways of presenting yourself to employers.
  • Explaining different job hunting techniques.
  • Reviewing your job choice.

It is unlikely that we will have enough time to discuss everything so prioritise what is most important to you and tell the Careers Consultant at the start of the appointment.

It is unlikely that the interview will include:

  • Telling you what to do. We are impartial and non-directive in our professional approach.
  • Reciting large amounts of information. Our Career Information staff will provide you with the means to conduct your research.
  • Writing applications, letters and CVs for you.
  • Providing a detailed proof-reading service.
  • Directly approaching employers on your behalf.
  • Legal advice.
  • Counselling on personal matters.

We are very happy to help you in some of these matters by signposting you to other services, as appropriate.

Get the most out of your appointment

  • Be honest and open - all interviews are confidential within the Careers Service and are non-judgmental.
  • Reflect upon your strengths, weaknesses, interests, values, likes and dislikes.
  • Think about your course and its value to you and your future plans.
  • Consider what personal criteria will influence your next steps eg where you want to live, domestic considerations, the ability to be mobile, how much you want to earn.
  • Think about whether you wish to consider further training and academic courses.

Write down some of your thoughts and bring them with you to the appointment.