What activities or areas really interest you? Do you enjoy, or have an interest in:
- Education/training/coaching others.
- Interpreting data/disseminating information or results.
- Government/political events.
- Working with young people or animals.
- Designing or building machines or structures.
- Developing IT systems.
- Managing resources.
- Restoration or conservation.
- Advice or legal work.
- Culture/media/performing arts.
- Using scientific or engineering principles to solve problems.
What careers could incorporate these interests?
Lifestyle and values
Think about your values and how you would like to work. How important are:
- Gaining promotion rapidly.
- Being self-employed.
- Helping others to cope or succeed with their lives.
- Receiving financial rewards.
- Having job security.
- Working in a team or working independently.
- Working in a large global company or working in a small local one.
- Working in a creative environment.
- Living in a particular location.
What type of employer could match your criteria?
It is important that your personality or temperament suit your chosen career. This impacts on how you interact with others, how you approach tasks, and how you deal with challenging situations.
From the list below, select the characteristics you feel do or do not relate to you. Then make a third list of any you have no opinion on.
Review your selections and highlight any you feel are particularly descriptive of you.
Be honest in your responses. Do not try to portray yourself in a way that you think might impress others. None of these characteristics are superior to any other, but some will relate better to particular jobs. Talk to family members and friends, tutors and fellow students, how would they describe you?
We surveyed 500 local employers to find out what they wanted from Brighton graduates. The skills they most frequently asked for can be grouped into the following categories:
Skills include: Self-assessment, career planning, application techniques, wellbeing.
Skills include: Written and spoken communications, presentation skills, emotional intelligence and networking.
Skills include: Innovation and creativity, initiative, entrepreneurship, commercial awareness.
Skills Include: analysis and evaluation of information, project management, problem solving, numerical reasoning.
Use the Graduate Toolkit to assess your current skills and experience against these requirements, and find out how to improve your skills to get a job.