Written by Jenny Sloan, career counselor at The Careers Service
Switching to online lectures and podcasts may leave you at home to study instead of coming to campus. Likewise, you don’t have to leave your home to improve your employability. There are many things you can do online to expand your skills, strengthen your business awareness, and connect with recruiters and alumni.
- Increase your self-confidence
Before deciding on a graduation job, it is important to find out what is important to you, what natural strengths you have and what skills you prefer to use. There are a number of online tools to help you understand which roles and sectors suit you and what you have to offer. Use Perspective planner to match your skills, motivations and desires to career paths and specific roles that might be perfect for you. Profiling for success can help you find out your strengths and preferred ways of working.
A large part of the jobs at the graduate level are open to graduates of all fields of study. So don’t feel limited by what you’ve studied because there is a possibility that you can do many things after graduation! All you have to focus on is your next step forward, not your entire career. Why not? Take into account the skills you have acquired through your degree, and explore different professions and industries to see if something sounds interesting to you?
Start researching and tracking the recruiters you’re interested in on social media. By Use of social media for networking and job searchYou will be kept informed of the opportunities for university graduates and the latest developments in the industry
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, now is the perfect time to create a profile! LinkedIn is an important global professional networking website and a great tool for current students and graduates to connect with alumni and recruiters. Read our guide to Get started with LinkedInand learn how to connect with Manchester graduates and join useful groups. You can learn more about it create a profileif you are new to the platform or are improving the existing platform.
- Improve your skills through online learning
Online courses are a great way to learn new skills, strengthen existing ones, and become more employable. The University My learning basics have quite a few courses, the Open University OpenLearn have nearly 1,000 courses in eight different fields and Google Digital Garage offer a variety of courses in data, technology, digital marketing and career development. All are online, free of charge and are immediately available to you!
The career service offers plenty of support and resources online to help you figure out your next steps Application advice and instructions on Video interviewsfor information about Postgraduate studies and together Career problems. We also have ours Career YouTube channel packed with webinars on business, Manchester graduate talent and career trust, and more!
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