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Careers Service

Exploring job ideas

Job ideas are like any ideas: they start with a thought, are then developed, tested, perhaps developed again, until they becomes polished ideas, good ideas. Job ideas require investigation before it is possible to determine whether they are worth pursuing.

Understanding what  working in a specific job would be like is an important part of making a career choice. It helps you to establish a set of criteria against which you can evaluate your ideas. Your understanding could be based on information you gather, the experiences of others working in that job sector or perhaps your own practical experience through an internship.

To find out more about job ideas and roles, the following might of use:

  • SOAS Careers Moodle - This is a database of careers resources ranging from job sectors to working abroad, and more.
  • Occupational profiles - Descriptions of job roles, entry requirements and routes, salary information and career prospects.
  • Career Player - A site dedicated to helping students figure out what to do and where to do it with a huge selection of videos.
  • Attend job fairs, career fairs, employer presentations and networking events to gather information about the sectors and job roles that interest you. Please see our Events page for more details.
  • Try to get some work experience in the job sector that you are interested in. The Careers Group help sheet 'Internships, Vacation Work and Work Experience' can help you in the process. This is also available in hardcopy at the Careers Service.