Tips from a graduate

It�s a scary prospect graduating from university. You�ve spent the majority of your life, 15 years + in full time education and now comes the hard part � job hunting. A lot of graduates we have spoken to want to take a different route to the degree course they chose at 17 and it can be confusing to know which career path to take. Before they go into the profession they have trained for or the one they have decided they actually want to be in, they will still need the money to keep themselves working so they can pay bills. Searching classifieds such as LeoList can help them find that temporary job or even a job that they decide to stay in! It is always best to look.

Kate joined us on our first grad scheme with a completely unrelated degree and a great resume helped by looking at this site, and has learned so much in her time with us, quickly becoming a valuable member of the team. She was recently approached by her university for feedback on her choices after leaving uni; here she shares with us her tips on how to find the career you are looking for if you are still in the dark.

Name: Kate Hall

Degree: Zoology

�When I was at university I expected to go into a career associated with my degree subject. However, after doing work experience in various fields to do with Zoology I started to realise that, while I still loved the subject, I didn�t enjoy the types of work available.

Apart from biology, my other strong subject at school was Maths, and I had thought about doing a degree in Maths, or in Finance. So when I decided a career in Zoology wasn�t for me, I went back to that option.

I wasn�t aware of Paraplanning until I applied for the role at Para-Sols. Having looked at the job description and carried out a bit of research on Paraplanning (a relatively new role which involves working closely with Financial Planners), I thought it was a good match for my transferable skill set, and looked like a job I could enjoy.

Now I�m in the job I like the variety � no two cases are the same. I�ve also enjoyed learning a new subject from scratch, and progressing in terms of my professional qualifications.�

My tips:

  • Don�t be put off if you don�t have prior knowledge of a sector, like finance, in my case. If your general skillset is good, then give it a try!
  • Explore the various options for careers in the sector you�re interested in – you might discover a job you never knew existed that is actually a perfect fit for you, which is what happened to me!
  • Be open-minded and don’t be afraid to try new things – it’s the only way to discover the right career path for you.
  • Some students who are still undecided in college may turn to sites like collegepaperworld to help them with essays, research papers, dissertations, and other academic papers. If you are finding that you can’t grasp the curriculum, this could help you.

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