Life after your Degree

  • Lucinda Becker
  • David Price
Part of the Palgrave Study Guides book series (MASTSK)


During your degree course you will rightly be spending the majority of your time working towards your degree, and this might leave you with little chance to consider the wider career implications of what you are doing, yet your degree will form only one part of your overall career strategy. Even if you do not have a clear idea of where you will end up, you can begin to work towards your career as you study. Many aspects of your life as an undergraduate can be used towards making you an attractive proposition to an employer, and it is a good idea to keep a file on your activities with a view to creating a persuasive CV once you begin to look for a job. Although this may not be your top priority in the early stages of your degree course, you will find it easier to apply for jobs, and perform well at interview, if you have done some groundwork as you progress through your degree course. It is surprisingly difficult to remember everything you have done once you are faced with the prospect of having to prepare your first CV, so early preparation will help. There are several aspects of your time at university that might be included in your ‘career file’:
  • Vacation and part-time jobs: working in a fast-food chain may not seem to you to be the most inspiring work, but the experience will allow you to show that you have acquired marketable skills, such as working as a member of a team, often under pressure and with a strong element of customer service. No job is too lowly to be included in your career file, as each new experience will have given you skills that you can highlight on your CV. If you make a note at the time of the tasks you have undertaken, you will be ready to talk persuasively at interview about what you have gained from your part-time work as an undergraduate. Of course, you do not have to ignore your possible career prospects just because you have to earn money. It might be easy to get a job in a fast-food chain or a local pub or club, but, as was explored in Chapter 6, you might be better paid working in other areas, such as in a call centre or office. The vacations also offer you the chance to take on more challenging work, perhaps related to the career you hope to enter once you graduate, and it is useful to be able to mention all your part-time work in your CV but then to focus in some detail on one really interesting job.


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© Lucinda M. Becker and David W. Price 2003

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