Managing your career with Explore Plan Apply – setting and reaching your goals

This blogpost was written by Emma-Marie Fry, Careers Consultant at St George’s, University of London.

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It’s that time of the year where graduate schemes, Masters courses, placements and internships are being advertised for September 2022, with closing dates fast approaching. Perhaps you are turning your attention to your future career and want a steer, especially if you are in the last few months of your degree, or postgraduate study.

The Careers Service (based in the St George’s Library) can support you whatever stage you are at in your career thinking and planning.

You can book an appointment with a specialist careers consultant. We offer 30 minutes one to one careers guidance appointments and 20 minutes application appointment to get feedback on your CV, application, personal statement or covering letter, or simply discuss how to approach an application. If your application is successful and you secure an interview, we can give you the opportunity to practice in a mock interview, and that is for any industry whether within healthcare or not. Appointments can virtual or in person.

There is also a wide range of resources on our Canvas Careers pages to take you through each step of Explore, Plan and Apply.

Explore, Plan, Apply

Explore – this is the first step in career planning and is constantly evolving – and it can take a lot of time. Exploring is about knowing yourself (skills, attributes, interests, values), getting to know the options (jobs, sectors, further study, training)  and making decisions on what to take forward. Check out the tools and advice on our Canvas pages to give your career plan strong foundations.

Plan – Planning is about the action that you take to move closer to your goals, testing out ideas and getting more information. How will you reach your goals? What route will you take? How can you secure work experience? Get extra training? How and why should you build your professional network of likeminded people (and alumni of SGUL)? Should you consider further study?

Apply – How can you put a strong application together for a job or course? Is your CV up to scratch? How can you make the best of an interview opportunity? The support is there so make the most of each and every job opportunity that appeals to you.

In addition, we have dedicated sections on the Canvas Careers pages for Disability and Disclosure, and for International students.

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On the Careers Service Jobsboard, we are currently advertising 1500 jobs in a range of areas.

It is worth noting that Explore Plan Apply is not just relevant to students and graduates but is how we all make decisions and move forward throughout our professional lives. St George’s Careers Service can support you for up to two years after you graduate but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy exploring, planning and applying to secure the future you want.

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