Your Big Career Adventure

RowannaSmith
Rowanna Smith

Hello, I’m Rowanna Smith, and I’m a Careers Consultant based on the Streatham Campus. I was really keen to be given this opportunity to welcome you all to what I hope will be an exciting time of exploration, adventure and personal development.

For those of you who are commencing your degree, starting your first year is likely to be all about ‘change’, some of which will be great fun, but at times may also feel a bit unsettling.  For returning students, you too may be living with new groups of people, or coming back from a year abroad and feeling ‘new’ again.  Establishing yourself within communities of friends from your course, clubs, sports and societies are a key part of making Exeter your home, so do try to build time into your busy schedules to enjoy fun activities and feel connected.

The graduate career journey is full of milestones and crossroads and there are definitely easier and more effective routes you can take.

In light of the amount of learning and development you’ll be encountering, from deepening your academic knowledge, to learning that you really can’t live on chips and curry sauce every night, I hope that you make time this year to progress your career adventure.

The graduate career journey is full of milestones and crossroads and there are definitely easier and more effective routes you can take, rather than walking round in circles or setting up camp in the same spot for three years.  It’s all about making informed choices, which usually starts with asking really good questions.  This is where the skills and expertise of Careers Consultants, Information Officers and wider careers staff are able to provide you with valuable support.

We work with first year, penultimate and final year students, as well as postgraduate students. So if you’re keen to find part-time work on or off campus, or would like to bounce some ideas around that you’re unsure about, we’re happy to chat things through – you really don’t need to have it all figured out before coming in.  For those of you who are already clear about your career choices, then you may want to discuss the best routes to reach your destination.  Some of you may also have struggled to gain work experience, or had work experience that has completely changed your mind about things – it’s all up for discussion and we can figure out the next steps together.

Your career starts here; you’re already on the road – what we would like to do is walk with you a while.

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You can plan to travel on your journey as much or as little as you wish, but let’s make it an active choice and decide to get moving.

As with all adventures, they can be fun and you’ll learn a great deal, but they also require energy and commitment.  You can plan to travel on your journey as much or as little as you wish, but let’s make it an active choice and decide to get moving.

Your personality, future occupations that you can ‘see yourself’ doing, your level of ambition and ways in which you’re motivated and engage with work, including the academic subject you have chosen to study, have already been influenced by many factors in your life.  Your world-view and how you see yourself within it will continue to be supported and challenged during your time here at University and beyond.

So come and explore more about yourself and declutter your thoughts about work and the future.  Come and find out about the types of occupations that may be of interest to you; investigate the different ways you can gain commercial awareness and relevant work experience.  Come and have a chat about how you can begin to identify companies or sectors that may provide a congruent and rewarding environment that suits your individual interests and values.  Whatever you need to follow your own path, we are here to help.

Some useful tips for your career survival kit include:

  • Log in to My Career Zone and add or amend preferences suitable for what you need
  • Visit the Career Zone and have a chat at Reception about what might be relevant to you, or simply browse through some of the range of careers information we have available
  • Consider signing up for some career workshops or employer events to learn more, as advertised on My Career Zone
  • Make an appointment to speak with a Careers Consultant to discuss and progress your plans by booking through Reception in the Career Zone.

Your career starts here; you’re already on the road – what we would like to do is walk with you a while.

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