The resources listed below are mostly hosted on external websites. The Careers and Employability Service website also has information on Career Planning. Find out more.

Career Planning

Career Choice Tools

Here is a list of links to career choice tools, including online career planning programmes from a range of organisations.

Researching your Career Ideas

List of links to websites and other resources to help you to research job types in more detail to help you make informed career choices.

Explore your options after your studies

Find out more about what you can do after your studies with this collection of resources.

Enhanced Transcript

The Enhanced Transcript is a formal University document which will help you to maximise your employability; it records your University achievements on one document which you can share with employers and postgraduate recruiters. Click on the link to learn more about the Enhanced Transcript.

Skills Map (interactive)

This activity will help you think about the skills that you already have and give you an idea of skills you would like to develop. For the Boost Award, please take a screenshot of your results or save them as a pdf to upload to your Pathway. Note: you do not need to sign in to complete this activity.

Factors influencing your Career choice

When you are considering your career options there are a number of factors that may influence your decision. This activity will explore some of the main factors that might affect your motivation and satisfaction within a role. For the Boost Award, please take a screenshot of your results or save them as a pdf to upload to your Pathway. Note: you do not need to sign in to complete this activity.

Skills Map Poster

A printable version of the Skills Map poster.

Career planning and goal setting

Here are some resources to help you in setting career goals and making career plans at any stage of your University studies.

Job-seeking and career planning for Researchers

Click on the link below to find our top resources for Job-seeking and Career Planning for Researchers.

University of Aberdeen alumni: working for start-up businesses

Read how University of Aberdeen graduates have enjoyed success working for start-up businesses. The case studies were sourced by BrighterBox, a website promoting graduate opportunities at start-ups.

Prepare for the Fair

Our top tips for a successful Careers Fair - whatever your subject, year of study or career plan.

University Researchers and the Job Market

Advice for research staff regarding career development and the job hunting process.

Activity Log

A document to allow you to see what you are spending your time on, how much time it takes and the value of the activities from the Mind Tools website.

Career Change Toolkit (jobs.ac.uk)

Interactive toolkit with exercises and advice to help you explore your career options and implement a plan for moving forward in your career.

My Plus Students' Club

Lots of useful information on the job application process, including advice on disclosing a disability to an employer. There are also detailed employer profiles.

Tiny Bite video: Accessing the Careers and Employability Service

We are all working from home at this time but are still open and here to advise you on all things careers! Watch the video for information on how to get in touch with us and for an idea of our services accessible online.

Tiny Bite video: Self awareness tools for career planning and skills development

Find out how to use self awareness assessments to help you plan your career and skills development.

SMART Goal Setting Activity (word version for MAC users)

This document explains what SMART goal setting is, how to set effective SMART goals and gives you a form to complete with your own goals. This can be a powerful tool for motivating you and focusing your career related activities.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version.

Skills Audit Template

A template to help you audit your skills.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version.

Skills Audit Template (word version for MAC users)

A template to help you audit your skills.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version.

SMART Goal Setting Activity

This document explains what SMART goal setting is, how to set effective SMART goals and gives you a form to complete with your own goals. This can be a powerful tool for motivating you and focusing your career related activities.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version.

SWOT analysis grid (word version for MAC users)

A template to help you analyse your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use this word version instead.

SWOT analysis grid

A template to help you analyse your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
If you are using a mac you may encounter problems with the pdf, please use the word version instead.

Tiny Bite video: Finding careers and employability resources on the Careers website

Did you know we house over 2500 career-related resources on our website? From where to start with career planning to specific sector recruitment processes, our website provides the perfect starting point for researching your options. Watch this video for more detail on our resources and how to find them.

Tiny Bite video: Job market research

Find out how to use web resources to research employment sectors and the labour market.

Mini Career Course: Finding Vacancies

In this mini online career course you will find out about the types of opportunities available to you, where to find advertised opportunities and access the "hidden job market".

Mini Career Course: Job market research

Understanding the job market and opportunities in different sectors and locations is an important part of career planning and decision making. This mini career course gives an insight into the type of information available to you and how it can help inform your next steps.

Mini Career Course: Developing Career Plans

This mini career course introduces you to a wide range of tools that can be helpful at every stage of the career planning journey, enabling you to explore your options, developing and building on ideas you already have and perhaps widening your scope and introducing new ideas to consider. This mini career course is relevant to students who haven't started to think about their career plan yet. It is also relevant to students with a set career path in mind to ensure you know of the steps needed to make it a reality. The course should take about 15 minutes to complete

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