This stage is all about exploring some of the ideas and options you have developed. It’s a time to research and test career ideas, build networks, and increase your knowledge of the wide variety of career possibilities. You will consider the ‘fit’ between certain roles and sectors and your own values and skills. This is a stage for getting work experience, seeking shadowing opportunities making connections (Are you on LinkedIn? for example) and generally testing out possibilities.
It’s a time to ask yourself questions like:
- Do I need experience?
- Is my degree enough on its own?
- What’s it like working in X sector?
- How do people working in Y role get into this field?
- How do I connect with influential people?
- How can I improve my CV?
As well as attending many of the Careers & Employability Service's events where you have a chance to connect with employers and benefitting from the support available to all students through the service and in departments, there are a variety of activities across the College that you can do to start exploring your options – we've listed some examples below.
Discover the other stages of the framework
You may realise that you're in one of the other stages. Check out the Evaluate and Enact pages and choose the one most suited to where you are now, and take one step to kick start your graduate career!
You can also complete our 'What stage are you at?' quiz on Moodle.
If you need more guidance on what stage you are at now, or want advice on how to move on to the next stage, you can book a one-to-one appointment with a Careers Consultant. Find out more.