Careers Network

Research your career

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To find a career that really suits you, there are a number of factors to consider, including your skills and interests, degree subject, work experience so far, work preferences, values and motivations. Researching career roles and exploring available options will help you reach a well-informed decision.

Know Yourself

‌Start with some self-analysis to help you decide what kind of job might be right for you, and also what kind of work wouldn't be a good choice. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What skills do I have?
  • What are my likes, (and dislikes)?
  • What am I good at and enjoy doing?
  • What are my development needs?
  • What would I not want to spend all day doing?
  • What are my values and preferences?
  • How does all this information relate to a career?

You can get help at this early stage in the career planning process by using our Online tools the results of which you can then discuss with your Careers Consultant if you wish.

Explore different careers

Once you have identified the skills, interests and preferences that might influence your career choice, you can start exploring what careers are out there and find out more about them.

Use your degree

If you would like to explore careers related to your degree visit options with your degree, tailored for Loughborough students. Looking at the Graduate Destinations of previous Loughborough students graduating from your degree programme can also be really helpful.

Investigate career areas

Researching broad career areas is a great way to generate career ideas and uncover jobs you may have never heard of before.

Analyse job roles

If you already have ideas for possible career options, or just want to browse what’s available, the Prospects website provides easy to read, detailed information and key resources for over 400 types of jobs including a job description and activities, salary and conditions, entry requirements, training, career development, employers and vacancy sources and related jobs.

Access labour Market information (LMI)

You can gain more in-depth knowledge (also very useful at the later application and interview stages of your job search) of various industry sectors and the opportunities within them by researching labour market information. Please see sources to research labour market information for more information.

Look at current vacancies

One way to find out about occupations is to look at the vacancies and opportunities that are available. Careers Online shows you all of the vacancies we have advertised this year. Try searching by your degree discipline to see which employers are recruiting and what kind of jobs they are offering.