FAQs: But what if ...

... I don't know what I want to do

You don't need to know what you want to do to take some really useful first steps in your career, including getting a good job. The big secret is that many people don't know what they want to do until they've had a go at a few different jobs.

... I really need to focus on getting a good degree right now?

Well, if it's the week before your finals, you know where your priorities lie. Otherwise, just getting ahead of the competition by a couple of weeks could make all the difference to your chances of landing a good job soon after you graduate. You can also take a few shortcuts:

  • If you're short on time, choose fewer jobs and make good tailored applications, rather than sending out the same application to lots of jobs (that rarely works).
  • Talking to an employer at an event can take less time than researching that employer on the internet and give you better inside information for an application.

... I want to take time out or go travelling?

... I don't want a boss - I want to work for myself?

Use your final year to pick up as much advice, support and as many contacts as you can. Talk to other entrepreneurs. Find a mentor. Learn as much about business and finance as you can.

Not sure whether you're ready yet or you have significant gaps in skills, knowledge, experience - or funding? One strategic solution is to find a job for a year or two with the right training, potential or salary to help you plug those gaps - then go for self-employment.