What are my skills and strengths?
We would recommend that you spend some time reflecting on this before you make your final university choices. The subject(s) you will study at university will usually direct you towards specific careers so it is really important that you get this right and that you are making decisions which will play to your strengths and ambitions!
Please try completing the careers questionnaires in the links opposite
How can I find out about different jobs and careers?
It’s all about research! It is really worth taking a look at the website links provided opposite to consider the range of job opportunities in different sectors. You can search by job type or school subjects for some inspiration. Also, it is worth noting that the world of work is changing at an incredibly fast pace! Jobs such as App Developers, Uber Drivers, Cloud Computing Specialists, Big Data Analysts or Sustainability Managers did not exist 10 years ago so you will need to keep an open mind and keep yourself updated on the future career options open to you.
What are Employability Skills and why are they important?
Employability skills are those skills necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in a job. They are the skills and attitudes that enable employees to get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problems, develop respect and ultimately become strong ambassadors for the organisation.
Please explore the links opposite to find out about job search skills such as CV’s, letters of application and interview techniques. Also consider what key transferable skills you have and why they are important in any organisation you may work for in the future. Some examples of these are teamwork, leadership, problem solving, IT and written and verbal communication skills. The clip from De Montfort University illustrates these very well.
Assessing your skills and strengths
Spartan test please complete as this will help with university choices
Profiling For Success Questionnaire this is a more in depth survey based on the MBTI
Doing your research
Careers information for Chinese students this page is also available in Mandarin
Please book an individual careers appointment with Orla if you wish to discuss any careers or progression matters including help with UCAS applications