My Starting Point

When you enrol each year, as part of the registration process, we will ask you two questions about your career thinking and work experience.

Your responses will ensure that you receive relevant information and are told about career opportunities that may be of interest to you

Choose the statement below that best fits your current career thinking:

  • I'm not ready to start thinking about my career yet

    I'm not ready to start thinking about my career yet

    ‌We understand that thinking about your future career may not be your first priority. However, be aware that for some careers, early planning is important. 

    Everything you do during your time as a student can be of value to future employers. Part-time work, involvement in societies, and volunteering, can all help you develop your future employability. 

    The Employment and Recruitment Service advertises a range of part-time opportunities on campus and in the local area. If you are looking for part-time work, register with the service here

    For volunteering opportunities that are available whilst you are a student check out Get Involved to see what the Students' Union at Lancaster has to offer. Within the UK, Do-it also provides a useful search engine for voluntary opportunities. 

    By considering your career options you will find that there is a much wider range of options open to you than you may at first appreciate. 

    Lancaster University graduates are successful in all kinds of jobs. To read their career profiles visit the Lancaster Alumni Website

    You can see Careers staff at College drop-ins to discuss your ideas, or use any of the other contact options we offer. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password. 

  • I have no careers ideas yet, but I want to start thinking

    I have no careers ideas yet, but I want to start thinking

    You will find that there is a much wider range of options open to you than you may at first appreciate. 

    For ideas about where your degree might lead, sign in to our Knowledge Bank and use our subject guides for each faculty. These provide an insight into what Lancaster graduates have gone on to do. 

    To speak to employers and get a feel for what it is like to work in different occupations, consider attending our careers events. You could also look at some of the recruitment events taking place in the UK listed on Graduate Prospects

    Lancaster University graduates are successful in all kinds of jobs. To read their career profiles visit the Lancaster Alumni Website

    If you are in the UK you could look at the different Career Development opportunities that are available. These can help you to explore your options and could make a big difference to your future career prospects. 

    You can see Careers staff at College drop-ins to discuss your ideas, or use any of the other contact options we offer. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password. 

  • I have some ideas about my future career and am ready to start planning

    I have some ideas about my future career and am ready to start planning

    To make yourself more employable, reviewing the needs of the labour market you hope to enter is always beneficial. 

    Our Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) pages can be accessed via the Knowledge Bank and will give you an insight into the trends and developments that may affect you. 

    Using LMI allows you to consider the availability of opportunities and the skills sought by employers. This will help you to identify career options and address any skill gaps that you have. 

    The Knowledge Bank also provides ideas about where your degree might lead; check the faculty information pages:

    These pages give an insight into what Lancaster graduates have gone on to do and the skills they gained from their studies. You can sign in to the Knowledge Bank using your University username and password. 

    Within the Knowledge Bank we have a range of new online applications that gives you the opportunity to practise numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. On completion of the tests you will receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future. Access these resources here

    You can also sign up to complete the Lancaster Award which is a great way to gain experience, develop your skills, and strengthen future applications. 

    To speak to employers and get a feel for what it is like to work in different occupations, consider attending our careers events. You could also look at some of the recruitment events taking place in the UK listed on Graduate Prospects

    Thinking of starting your own business? The Enterprise Team offer a support service which may be of interest. 

    Lancaster University graduates are successful in all kinds of jobs. To read their career profiles visit the Lancaster Alumni Website

    If you are in the UK you could look at the different Career Development opportunities that are available. These can help you explore your options and could make a big difference to your future career prospects. 

    You can see Careers staff at College drop-ins to discuss your ideas, or use any of the other contact options we offer. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password. 

  • I have a career in mind and intend to gain relevant work experience

    I have a career in mind and intend to gain relevant work experience

    Faculty and Careers staff can help you to consider the full range of options available to you, from one year industrial placements to shorter projects (paid or voluntary). 

    For general information and advice please visit our Work Experience section on the Careers website. 

    We advertise a range of work experience opportunities for Lancaster students through TARGETconnect. Temporary and casual work is available through the Employment and Recruitment Service. Register with the service here

    Before you contact any employers, use our Help and Advice pages regarding applications, interviews, and assessment centres. 

    Further information and resources are available in the Knowledge Bank. You will find a selection of careers videos and guides to download. 

    Within the Knowledge Bank we have a range of new online applications that gives you the opportunity to practise numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. On completion of the tests you will receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future. Access these resources here

    You can also sign up to complete the Lancaster Award which is a great way to gain experience, develop your skills, and strengthen future applications. 

    Make sure that you get any applications for placements checked. Faculty staff responsible for placements can help, or you can visit our Careers or College drop-in service, or use any of the other contact options we offer. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password. 

  • I know what I want to do but I'm not sure how to get there

    I know what I want to do but I'm not sure how to get there

    Reviewing the needs of the labour market you plan to enter is always beneficial. 

    Our Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) pages can be accessed via the Knowledge Bank and will give you an insight into the trends and developments that may affect you. 

    Using LMI allows you to consider the availability of opportunities and the skills sought by employers. This will help you to identify career options and address any skill gaps that you have. 

    Search the Library to access our wide range of careers information resources. You can also access the Careers online library and gain access to our digital resources. 

    Thinking of starting your own business? The Enterprise Team offer a support service which may be of interest. 

    If you are in the UK our Career Development opportunities can help you to connect with employers and alumni. 

    To speak to employers and get a feel for what it is like to work in different occupations, consider attending our careers events. You could also look at some of the recruitment events taking place in the UK listed on Graduate Prospects

    Our Work Experience pages identify some of the opportunities available to develop your skills. You should also look at the support that may be available within your Faculty regarding placement opportunities and projects associated with your course. 

    Within the Knowledge Bank we have a range of new online applications that gives you the opportunity to practise numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. On completion of the tests you will receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future. Access these resources here

    Competition for work experience opportunities can be high. If you are submitting applications it is worth having them checked before submission. Faculty staff responsible for placements can help, or you can visit our Careers or College drop-in service, or use any of the other contact options we offer. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password.

  • I want to spend a year gaining experience

    I want to spend a year gaining experience

    If you are looking to undertake a placement as part of your course you should check the support options that are available within your faculty.

    Faculty and Careers staff can help you to consider the full range of options available to you, from one year industrial placements to shorter projects. General information on work experience, placements, and internships is available on our website. 

    You may also be interested in spending your year working or studying abroad; you may be eligible for funding to support this through the ERASMUS Scheme

    You may consider Lancaster’s Work Abroad Programme which is run by the Students' Union. 

    If you are looking to take a year out after you have graduated, use our gap year pages or explore global employment opportunities. 

    The advisers at our drop-in service can help you to explore your options and give advice on a wide variety of topics. 

    Within the Knowledge Bank we have a range of new online applications that gives you the opportunity to practise numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. On completion of the tests you will receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future. Access these resources here

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password. 

    The advisers at our drop-in service can help you to explore your options and give advice on a wide range of topics. 

  • I am ready to apply for graduate level / professional opportunities

    I am ready to apply for graduate level / professional opportunities

    To explore the range of graduate opportunities available, check out our Job Search pages which list some of the main job boards and vacancy sources. 

    To learn more about the Graduate Schemes available within the UK, check the video links we have here available in employer videos

    Subject specific vacancy sources are available through the Knowledge Bank. Check under the faculty headings for the subject area of interest. 

    Applications for graduate opportunities can be highly competitive. Ensure that you are submitting a strong targeted application. Check the Careers Resources section in the Knowledge Bank where you will find careers videos, practise assessment centre tests, interview tips, and guides to download. Sign in using your University username and password. 

    Careers at our drop-in service can help you to explore your options and give advice on a wide range of topics. 

    Within the Knowledge Bank we have a range of new online applications that gives you the opportunity to practise numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. On completion of the tests you will receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future. Access these resources here

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your University username and password. 

  • I am ready to apply for further study

    I am ready to apply for further study

    Use our Further Study pages for information on Postgraduate and PhD options within the UK and abroad. These pages also include information on bursaries and funding. 

    When you're ready to apply you can access our guide to writing a personal statement. This is available to download from the Careers Resources section of the Knowledge Bank. Sign in using your University username and password. 

    At our drop-in service we can help you to identify postgraduate options that may be of interest, possible sources of funding, and work out the best application timeline for you. We will also give you feedback on your personal statement. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your normal University username and password

  • I have been applying for opportunities and so far I have not been successful

    I have been applying for opportunities and so far I have not been successful

    Recruitment to graduate opportunities is highly competitive and a strong targeted application is essential.

    Check the tips and advice in the Knowledge Bank. You will find careers videos, practise assessment centre tests, interview tips, and guides to download. Sign in using your University username and password. 

    We can offer advice on a range of topics including assessment centre advice, further study, and interviews. 

    If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect. Use the student log-in and sign in with your University username and password. 

    Within the Knowledge Bank we have a range of new online applications that gives you the opportunity to practise numerical, verbal and logical reasoning tests. On completion of the tests you will receive a report with your score and details of where you went wrong and how to answer correctly in the future. Access these resources here

    Careers staff can review applications and provide you with feedback to improve your chances of success. Bring your application form or CV along to a drop in service

  • I am currently working in my chosen career or have accepted an offer of employment or further study or I know what I will be doing after I graduate

    I am working in my chosen career, have accepted an offer of employment or further study, or I know what I will be doing after I graduate

    We are pleased to hear that you have plans for your future and wish you every success.

    After you graduate, remember to keep in touch with the University through the Lancaster Alumni. The team will contact you and provide full details of their activities and the benefits available to you. 

    As a graduate of the University you will still be able to access careers support from the University. There is no time limit on this. If you do need information, advice, or guidance to support your career progression, we are always here to help. 

    We will contact you approximately six months after graduation as part of the national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE). This survey is conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

    We wish you every success in your studies and future career.