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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
    • 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 one of our drop-in sessions 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
  • 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. 

    • 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 Prospects

    • 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 one of our drop-in sessions 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
  • 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. The Careers Portal has a range of industry reports which will give you an insight into the trends and developments that may affect you.

    • The Careers Portal also has a range of aptitude tests 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. 
       
    • 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 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

    • You can see Careers staff at one of our drop-in sessions 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
  • 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). Find out more about placements and internships in your faculty.

    • For general information and advice please visit our Jobs and 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. 

    • The Careers Portal also has a range of aptitude tests 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. 

    • 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 see Careers staff at one of our drop-in sessions.

    • If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect
  • I know what I want to do but I'm not sure how to get there
    • To make yourself more employable, reviewing the needs of the labour market you hope to enter is always beneficial. The Careers Portal has a range of industry reports which will give you an insight into the trends and developments that may affect you.
    • Search the Library to access our wide range of careers information resources. You can also access the Careers 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. 

    • 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 Prospects

    • Our Jobs and 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. 

    • The Careers Portal also has a range of aptitude tests 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. 

    • 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 see Careers staff at one of our drop-in sessions.

    • If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect
  • 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

    • If you are looking to take a year out after you have graduated, read our gap year page

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

    • The Careers Portal also has a range of aptitude tests 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. 

    • If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect
  • I am ready to apply for graduate level / professional opportunities
    • To explore the range of graduate opportunities available, check out our guides to top graduate employers. 

    • There are a range of graduate opportunities on TARGETconnect

    • Applications for graduate opportunities can be highly competitive. Ensure that you are submitting a strong targeted application. Check the Careers Portal where you will find careers videos, practise assessment centre tests, interview tips, and guides to download. 

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

    • If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect
  • 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, this guide from Prospects includes all you need to know about writing your personal statement.

    • 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
  • 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 on the Careers Portal. You will find careers videos, practise assessment centre tests, interview tips, and more.

    • Check the Careers Library for a range of downloadable resources. 

    • We can offer advice on a range of topics including assessment centre advice, further study, and interviews - just drop in or book an appointment. 

    • If you are unable to visit us in person, ask Careers using our online query service TARGETconnect

    • The Careers Portal also has a range of aptitude tests 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. 

    • 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

    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 15 months after graduation as part of the national Graduate Outcomes. This survey is conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).