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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

Career planning interactive flow chart

This interactive flow chart takes you through a number of questions in order for you to devise your own career plan as part of your learning and personal development of graduate attributes during level one and level two of University. At the end of the flow chart you will find links to relevant activities and resources.

  • Instructions

  • For each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

  • (don’t use the Powerpoint slide advance arrows to navigate).

  • You can return to the previous questions by clicking on them or by clicking back to previous screen.

  • You will reach a colour coded action box which you can click on to go to the resources and select activities relevant to you.

  • There are two types of action box as follows

  • Self Awareness –

  • knowing yourself

  • Opportunity Awareness – knowing what’s available

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

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I’ve come to University as I need this degree for my chosen career path

Yes

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University as I need this degree for my chosen career path

Yes

I know which skills and experience I need in addition to my degree to work towards my career choice

Yes

No

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University as I need this degree for my chosen career path

Yes

I know which skills and experience I need in addition to my degree to work towards my career choice

Yes

Build your portfolio of skills and experience throughout your time at University. Use this resource to find out about co-curriculum opportunities at the University of Aberdeen.

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

No

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

Yes

I know which skills and experience I need in addition to my degree to work towards my career ideas

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

Yes

I know which skills and experience I need in addition to my degree to work towards my career ideas

Yes

Build your portfolio of skills and experience throughout your time at University. Use this resource to find out about co-curriculum opportunities at the University of Aberdeen.

Return to the start

Back to previous screen

Exit this tool


Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

Yes

I know which skills and experience I need in addition to my degree to work towards my career ideas

No

There are many ways you can research your career ideas in more depth. Link to these activities for ideas to help you to identify the skills and experiences required for your career ideas.

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

No

That’s ok. There are many opportunities for you to develop your skills and experiences at university which will benefit any career choices you make later on.

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

Yes

There are many ways you can research your career options. Link to these activities for some starting points.

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

Yes

I’ve got some ideas about what I’d like to do with my degree

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

Yes

There are many ways you can research your career options. Link to these activities for some starting points.

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

  • It’s great that you’re involved in extra activities as employers look for much more than a degree. You can record and reflect on your activities and achievements in your e-portfolio to help you with career choices and applications later on.

Yes

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University as I need this degree for my chosen career path

Yes

I know which skills and experience I need in addition to my degree to work towards my career choice

No

There are many ways you can research your career ideas in more depth. Link to these activities for ideas to help you to identify the skills and experiences required for your chosen career. Consider conducting a skills audit to identify gaps in your CV.

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

Yes

No

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

Yes

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

Yes

No

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

Yes

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

Yes

  • Employers look for much more than a degree – it’s good to get involved early in your University studies. Explore the co-curriculum opportunities offered by the University to develop evidence of skills and experience for your CV.

There are many ways you can research your career options. Link to these activities for some starting points.

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

Yes

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

No

  • That’s great that you’d like to find out more about the range of opportunities available to you whilst at University. Activities outside of your studies will build skills and experiences for your CV which will be important for any career you choose to pursue.

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I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

Yes

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

Yes

Yes

  • It’s great that you’re involved in extra activities as employers look for much more than a degree. You can record and reflect on your activities and achievements in your e-portfolio to help you with career choices and applications later on.

There are many ways you can research your career options. Link to these activities for some starting points.

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Exit this tool


Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

Yes

No

  • It’s great that you’re involved in extra activities as employers look for much more than a degree. You can record and reflect on your activities and achievements in your e-portfolio to help you with career choices and applications later on.

Return to the start

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

No

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

Yes

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

No

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

There are many ways you can research your career options. Link to these activities for some starting points.

Yes

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

No

I would like to find out about the opportunities available to me to develop my skills and experience whilst I’m at University

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

No

  • You don’t need to decide on a career path now, but it’s important to realise that employers look for much more than a degree. Explore the co-curriculum opportunities offered by the University to develop your skills and experience throughout your studies.

I would like to start exploring my career options this year

No

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

I know what I want to achieve by coming to University

Yes

I’ve come to University to work towards a chosen career path

No

I know about a wide variety of career options with my subject

No

I would like to start researching career options with my degree

No

I am taking part in activities outside of my academic studies to develop my skills and experience

  • You don’t need to decide on a career path now, but it’s important to realise that employers look for much more than a degree. Explore the co-curriculum opportunities offered by the University to develop your skills and experience throughout your studies.

No

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Activities and Resources for Developing Self Awareness

Click on one of the boxes below for the area you would like to focus on first

Knowing yourself

  • Identifying career options

  • Articulating your graduate attributes

  • Planning and setting goals

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Activities and Resources for Developing Self Awareness

Click the box for the area you would like to focus on first

Complete the Skills Audit in ACHIEVE, My Aberdeen to understand your strengths and identify skills to develop

Use the ‘Thinking about my strengths’ resource in the ACHIEVE site in My Aberdeen which helps you to conduct a SWOT Analysis

Undertake the Learning Styles exercise in ACHIEVE, My Aberdeen to understand how you learn and what this means

Knowing yourself

Use personality questionnaires to help you increase your self-awareness

Use psychometric ability tests to help you assess your numerical and verbal reasoning

Reflecting on your experiences in your e-portfolio can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses

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Activities and Resources for Developing Self Awareness

Click the box for the area you would like to focus on first

Consider your interest in career options by searching the virtual library by degree subject

  • Research your career ideas using the Careers Service virtual library resources

Explore different job types by talking to employers at fairs and presentations

Identifying Career Options

Find out about using networking to research job types and find opportunities for work experience

Focus on matching your skills, interests and motivations with different job types to generate ideas

Apply for the mentoring programme for support in developing your career ideas

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Activities and Resources for Developing Self Awareness

Click the box for the area you would like to focus on first

Learn how to set SMART Goals to focus your skills development

Complete a skills audit to identify gaps and areas for development

Planning and setting goals

Record your plans, goals and progress in your e-portfolio.

  • Explore how to make effective decisions using the grid analysis technique

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Activities and Resources for Developing Self Awareness

Click the box for the area you would like to focus on first

  • Use the STARR structure to record how you’ve demonstrated the types of skills employers are looking for.

Record your achievements in the

e-portfolio in MyAberdeen to help with your applications later on

Articulating your graduate attributes

  • Use the Careers Service to learn how to effectively communicate your achievements in applications, CVs and interviews.

  • Participate in the STAR Award toreflect and demonstrate your development of graduate attributes

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Activities and Resources for Developing Opportunity Awareness

Click this box to explore resources for September - January

Click this box to explore resources for February – August

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Activities and Resources: September to January

Click the box for the area you would like to focus on first

Finding opportunities to get involved

  • Finding work experience

  • Finding out about your career options

  • Articulating your graduate attributes

  • Getting recognition for your involvement

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Activities and Resources: September to January

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Stand as Class Representative

Explore the range of opportunities available at University to develop your graduate attributes through the co-curriculum

  • Join and participate in clubs and/or societies of interest

Finding opportunities to get involved

  • Get involved in volunteering to gain skills and experience

Apply for the Mentoring programme to connect with alumni in work areas of interest

  • Apply to become a Careers Service Subject Representative

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Activities and Resources: September to January

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Look for placement schemes and employer insight events suitable for level 1 and level 2 students.

  • Find part-time work and/or summer employment which can give you skills which employers value – Joblink helps with this.

  • Finding work experience

Identify people you know who could help you find work experience and shadowing opportunities - start networking.

  • Get involved in volunteering which can give you some really good experience, contacts and skills.

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Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

Activities and Resources: September to January

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Find out about career options with your degree subject in the Careers Service virtual library

  • Get an insight into different companies and job roles through employer insight days

Research job roles to find out what they involve, the benefits and conditions and routes in

  • Finding out about your career options

  • Identify how well different job roles suit your profile using a career choice tools

Use networking to research job types and find opportunities for shadowing or work experience

  • Use psychometric assessments to help you to find out about suited career options.

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Activities and Resources: September to January

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Consider signing up for the STAR Award if you have one of the recognised roles. Closing date in December each year.

  • The Millennium Volunteer Award gives recognition for your volunteering (for age 25 and under)

The Student Employee of the Year Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of students in their part-time work

  • Getting recognition for your involvement

The Student Association Volunteering Award gives recognition for your variety of volunteering roles

  • The Duke of Edinburgh awards against a range of activities including volunteering and skills (for under 25)

  • The Blues Award and the Student Association Colours Awards recognise achievement and contribution to sport

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Activities and Resources: September to January

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Practice talking about your skills, experiences and graduate attributes in a practice interview at the Careers Service

  • Use the STARR structure to record how you’ve demonstrated the types of skills employers are looking for.

Conducting a SWOT analysis and/or a Skills Audit in the ACHIEVE site can help you reflect on and record your strengths

  • Articulating your graduate attributes

Keeping a record of your achievements in the e-portfolio in MyAberdeen will help in your applications later on

  • Employers assess your achievements through their applications, CVs and interviews. Use the Careers Service to prepare

  • The STAR Award involves reflecting on the graduate attributes developed within your role and involves an interview.

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Activities and Resources: February - August

Click the box for the area you would like to focus on first

Finding opportunities to get involved

  • Finding work experience

  • Finding out about your career options

  • Articulating your graduate attributes

  • Getting recognition for your involvement

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Activities and Resources: February - August

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Stand as Class Representative

  • Volunteer or stand for election to a committee in your sports clubs or societies for the next academic year

Explore the range of opportunities available at University to develop your graduate attributes through the co-curriculum

Finding opportunities to get involved

  • Get involved in volunteering to gain skills and experience

Apply for the Mentoring programme to connect with alumni in work areas of interest

Apply to become a Careers Service Subject Representative for the next academic year

Return to the start

Back to previous screen

Exit this tool


Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

Activities and Resources: February - August

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Look for placement schemes and employer insight events suitable for level 1 and level 2 students.

  • Find part-time work and/or summer employment which can give you skills which employers value – Joblink helps with this.

  • Finding work experience

Identify people you know who could help you find work experience and shadowing opportunities - start networking.

  • Get involved in volunteering which can give you some really good experience, contacts and skills.

Return to the start

Back to previous screen

Exit this tool


Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

Activities and Resources: February - August

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Find out about career options with your degree subject in the Careers Service virtual library

  • Get an insight into different companies and job roles through employer insight days

Research job roles to find out what they involve, the benefits and conditions and routes in

  • Finding out about your career options

  • Identify how well different job roles suit your profile using a career choice tools

Use networking to research job types and find opportunities for shadowing or work experience

  • Use psychometric assessments to help you to find out about suited career options.

Return to the start

Back to previous screen

Exit this tool


Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

Activities and Resources: February - August

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Research recognised roles eligible for the STAR Award . Prepare to apply for the next academic year. Apply by December each year.

  • The Millennium Volunteer Award gives recognition for your volunteering (for age 25 and under)

The Student Employee of the Year Awards recognise the contributions and achievements of students in their part-time work

  • Getting recognition for your involvement

The Student Association Volunteering Award gives recognition for your variety of volunteering roles

  • The Duke of Edinburgh awards against a range of activities including volunteering and skills (for under 25)

  • The Blues Award and the Student Association Colours Awards recognise achievement and contribution to sport

Return to the start

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Exit this tool


Instructions for each question click on the yes or no box to progress to the next question

Activities and Resources: February - August

Click the box for the activity you would like to focus on first

  • Practice talking about your skills, experiences and graduate attributes in a practice interview at the Careers Service

  • Use the STARR structure to record how you’ve demonstrated the types of skills employers are looking for.

Conducting a SWOT analysis and/or a Skills Audit in the ACHIEVE site can help you reflect on and record your strengths

  • Articulating your graduate attributes

Keeping a record of your achievements in the e-portfolio in MyAberdeen will help in your applications later on

  • Employers assess your achievements through their applications, CVs and interviews. Use the Careers Service to prepare

  • The STAR Award involves an interview. Find out about the award and consider applying next year. Apply by December.

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