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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I start planning my career?

Career planning can be daunting at any stage, especially if you’re trying to balance study, work and possibly family life and other commitments. It is possible to drift along without taking active decisions about your future until the end of your course or contract becomes imminent. The resulting panic can restrict you from carrying out any useful action.

Break this spiral of panic by developing a systematic career planning structure with small manageable steps. Your strategy will depend on whether you are undertaking a masters course or research. You could start by taking time out to think about:

  • why did you undertake postgraduate study?
  • what motivates and interests you?
  • what is your dream job?
  • what is important to you?
  • what are your ambitions for the future?
  • what is restricting your choice?

The choosing a career section of our website shows a possible career planning strategy.

If you’re stuck in a rut or confused about your options, you may also want to speak to a Careers Consultant. We also run a series of workshops aimed specifically at tackling issues which particularly affect researchers and their job search