Whether you're a final year student, have just started university or are doing postgraduate study, take some time to think about your next step, explore your options and how and when to make it time.
Many graduates have transferable skills that are valued in variety of sectors. During your studies here at Royal Holloway, you have many opportunities to find out as much as you can about different career sectors and evaluate how you will fit into particular jobs roles and companies: What skills or qualifications do they look for? What is the working culture like?
These activities help you to know what's out there, find out what you want to do after graduation and kick start your future career by buidling a plan for how to achieve that goal and identify the steps you need to take, and when to take them, to achieve that.
Here are some of the ways for you to evaluate, explore, and enact your career options in different sectors alongside your studies.
1. Sector-focused weeks
Our themed weeks give you the chance to learn more about working in a particular area, be that business and finance, law, or the charity sector. Remember, for the majority of these sectors you aren't required to be following a specific degree, as they all have a wide range of roles that require different specialisations and skill sets. Our events include beginner's guide sessions, workshops, employer and alumni-led sessions and the chance to meet Royal Holloway alumni and discover what they've been up to since graduation.
We also hold several careers fairs a year that provide you with the chance to have a first conversation with employers.
You can find out more about this year's activities and explore our resources below.
2. Meet employers
Attending our Employer in Residence sessions, is a great way to ask questions about what it is really like to work in a particular job or organisation in an informal setting. Students can book to speak with visiting employers to explore their options in different sectors and for advice on applications in a relaxed, informal environment. Students can meet visiting employers in our dedicated employer area in the Careers Centre in the Davison Building or on campus.
3. Discover your prospects
You can get some basic information about different industries and job roles from websites like, Prospects and Targetjobs.They also provide links to more information, including vacancies.
Take some time to look at the vacancies on JobsOnline to see what job roles capture your attention and appeal to you. Look at the details given, and the requirements. Is this kind of job something to explore further?