The New Year is just around the corner and of course, so is creating the traditional New Year resolutions. This is often a good opportunity to set yourself a goal to achieve, and as you are reading this, the chances of that goal being getting a graduate job is quite high. If you are a final year student and haven't even thought about your career yet or have no idea what to do, then read on as here are a few ideas to point you in the right direction.

Don't panic!

First of all, don't panic. Just because you have concentrated on getting that degree and not thought exactly what you want to do, doesn't mean you won't find a graduate job! There are plenty of fellow students in your position, believe me, we have talked to many students at various careers fairs and this really is the case. The worst thing you can do is panic and lose focus because everything else, including your studies, may suffer as a consequence.

Self assessment

This has been touched on when developing your job search strategy, but assessing your strengths is a good place to start. You want to make sure you are applying to the right employers that want the skills you have, not just anything that comes to mind. This is not easy, so I suggest talking to your friends and family and ask them what they think your strengths are and the skills you have. You may be surprised what they say, but it can help with the foundations of where to start. If your suggested strengths are your ability to influence and communicate with others particularly well, then perhaps a graduate job in sales or marketing are for you.


As part of your self assessment, try creating a mind map of your values, what you want in a graduate job such as the location, whether there you are happy with travelling and if you want to be office based or not. This is very important as if you get this wrong, you may be in a job you are not completely satisfied with so take some time to think about this and explore what exactly you are looking for and match this to your values. It may help to try and get short placements over the Christmas or even Easter holidays to help with this, it isn't quite an internship but the learning possibilities are huge!

Taking action

Hopefully by now you know what your strengths are and the type of role you are looking for. It is now time to put this all together and take action. This means finding that job that matches your values, criteria and skills. You need to ensure you take note of the job descriptions available and do your research on the companies. One way you can do this is finding those that are currently in a graduate scheme and share their experiences who offer some good insights into what working for the company is like. Take a look at a previous post that gives some ideas on how you can go about taking action.

The rest is now up to you! Have Twitter? Send us a tweet with your thoughts and progress and keep up to date with the latest jobs and competitions! For now, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team!