Many graduates leave university with a degree but with little idea about what they are going to do with it.
Students who spend some time thinking about their career and build on this during their time at university will be in a better position because they will either have a clearer idea about what they want to do or they will have done work experience or placements during their years of study.
Some people know what they want to do with their lives from the age of 16 and they never waver, some people think they know and then encounter an aggressive – and crushing – change of heart, while others still have no idea until they approach retirement age.
Graduates who leave university without a clear idea of where to go next often take on short-term work before heading off travelling. This time of intensive work and intensive travel should, ideally, incorporate some thinking time and exposure to encourage the formulation of a plan for returning home.
Thinking about what you enjoy and what you are good at will help you make good career choices. Remember that you can always change direction, though too many radical changes (i.e. from one distinct field to another) can point to someone who is very lost, and employers will pick up on this.
During periods of unemployment or uncertainty, building on your skills with everything from SAGE courses to legal secretary training to general secretary training can help make your CV stronger and open new doors for you.