A job for life?

The term ‘career’ has interesting origins in the mid-16th century denoting a ‘road’ or ‘racecourse’ which comes from the Latin ‘carrus’ or ‘wheeled vehicle’. What the term captures is this sense of travel, movement, momentum and progression and not the stagnant sense of a ‘job for life’ that we often think of today.  Continue reading

Green Careers & Circular Economy

22 – 24 November is our Green Fest here at Reading, and our Green Careers Event will showcase a range of careers in the Environment

This will be held on Wednesday 22nd November from 13:00-15:00.

To reserve a place, please visit: https://reading.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=7315&service=Careers+Service

So what are Green Careers? Or career opportunities associated with the Environment? Are there any other ways to describe this sector? Continue reading

Future Legal Mind Award

The 4th Future Legal Mind Award offers UK law undergraduates the chance to win £5,000 and a valuable work placement.

The award, sponsored by National Accident Helpline, offers the country’s brightest legal minds a head start in the highly competitive legal industry. Last year’s Future Legal Mind Award winner, Hana Kapadia, said: “Winning the competition will undoubtedly provide a huge boost to my CV, and is a huge aid financially, giving me a sense of security towards funding my studies. I would definitely recommend entering the Future Legal Mind Award 2018.” Continue reading

Mentoring – What’s all the hype?

Mentoring is something that has been on the horizon for a while now, but you may have noticed it is becoming increasingly popular. Large firms and businesses recognise the value of mentoring much more and use it as a tool to enable staff promotion, leadership and growth; it isn’t only Reading students who are getting involved. Continue reading

Confused about your career?

It’s normal

Almost everyone is likely to feel ‘stuck’ about their career direction at some point, whether it is a dilemma about which type of internship or placement to apply for or which graduate job to snare. You should know that you are not the only one feeling this way and that it is also quite normal.

Confusion is the first step in the learning process. To find clarity you need to fight your way through the fog of not knowing which way to turn. It is a bit like having a great big knot in the lead of your earphones, you know that the harder you pull, the worse the knot will get. What it needs is a gentle teasing apart.

So first of all, stop and consider which thoughts are racing around your head:

  • I don’t really want to do a placement in something I’m not sure about.
  • Whatever I choose I’m going to do it for a long time so it’s got to be perfect.
  • I don’t know if I’m good enough to do job ‘x’.

What all these have in common is a sense of fear: fear that you will make a mistake, won’t be good enough, will waste lots of time. Step back and ask the following questions:

  • How will you know you feel sure about a job unless you give it a try? Most recruiters will value your work experience, even if it isn’t precisely what you end up applying for when you graduate.
  • Do you think your first job will really be your last? Most people move through a range of job roles in their career. This isn’t a life-long choice but just the start.
  • Chat to people doing the work. You’ll rapidly discover they were just like you a few years ago.

Fear is normal, confusion is normal, but to pull yourself out of this you need to listen to what your mind is fretting about, accept the uncertainty and decide that that’s ok, and if you need to chat to someone to help you, see a Careers Consultant! But remember that the only solution is to take action to move forward. Do placements, do internships, meet and chat to professionals, apply for jobs and enjoy the experience by feeling the excitement, not the fear!


Article signed by Tania Lyden, Careers Consultant


Discover working with charities and not-for-profits

You’ve been to the Careers and Placements Fair and didn’t find the right employer for you?  All is not lost as we have a brand new Not-For-Profit Careers Fair on Tuesday 24th between 12 and 2pm in 3Sixty, RUSU.  This is focussed on careers for students want to make a difference. Continue reading

How to pass the Civil Service Situational Judgement tests

Situational judgement tests ask you to imagine you are in the workplace and require you to decide how you will deal with a challenge you are facing. Employers use situational judgement tests to see if you hold the approach and values that are key to the role that they are looking for. Doing the test can also be an indicator for you to decide if this is the sort of job you would like to be doing. Continue reading