This article will provide some basic advice on what steps to take in order to get into your chosen career. It will also explain how you can get further help and support from the University’s Careers and Employability Service.

Having chosen the career or sector you want to get into will bring you to the next stage of your career planning. You will need to do some research as to which roles are available, what qualifications you need and if there is any specialised training you need to complete, either before applying or that will be required on the job.

You might have more than one area that you are interested in, so spend time getting a good understanding of what the different sectors have to offer. The Careers and Employability Service provides a range of resources to help you research your chosen career area, including sector career guides and individual job profiles.


Planning the action you need to take

It is a good idea to produce an action plan, as this will help you bring together all the work you have done so far in planning your career.

An action plan should include the steps you need to take to get from where you are now to where you want to be in the future. It should also include a timeframe for what you hope to achieve and details of when you will review your plan. The action plan also needs to be flexible so that it can take into account any changes to your circumstances and you should also have a contingency plan to fall back on. As far as the time frame is concerned it is useful to think of short, medium and long-term goals. The Careers and Employability Service has developed some guides to analyse your skills and starting points for action planning.


Some key services to help you with your career planning are:

  • MyCareer - we advertise 1000s of graduate jobs from across both the UK and worldwide

  • The Graduate Recruitment Consultancy - on-campus graduate recruitment service exclusively for University of Portsmouth students and graduates. The Graduate Recruitment Consultancy works with over 6000 employers in the SouthEast Region offering a range of graduate jobs in a variety of industries

  • Events - The Careers and Employability Service organises a range of events including the Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair, sector specific fairs, employer presentations, network evenings and skills workshop. Please check MyCareer for a list of our upcoming events and to book your place

  • Resources - have a look at the advice on our Getting into your chosen sector section on our website to give you some other ideas on options and to discover the types of jobs that might suit you. This section includes sector specific career guides including;

Accountancy and Finance; Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations; Architecture; Art and Illustration; Business and Management; Charity, Not-for-profit and Volunteering; Civil Engineering, Construction and Property; Computer Games Technology; Computing and IT; Criminal Justice; Cyber Security; Digital Media; Engineering and Manufacturing; Entertainment Technology; Environment and Conservation; Fashion; Film; Graphic Design; Hospitality and Tourism; Interior Design; Journalism and Publishing; Languages; Law; Maths; Media; Music; Petroleum Engineering; Photography; Public Sector; Recruitment and HR; Retail and Sales; Scientific Research, Analysis and Support; Sport and Leisure Management; Teaching; Television and Radio Broadcasting; Theatre Careers and Performance Arts; Transport and Logistics; Working with Children and Young People.


How can I get in contact for more information and advice?

The Careers and Employability Service has a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can find out more about the support available from the Careers and Employability Service, access a wide range of information and advice and find out how to contact us by visiting our website at


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