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Getting Started

Getting started

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Not knowing where to start in deciding what career you want is very common and normal. There are a number of starting points and these will be different for different people.

You may want to chat to a UCT Careers Advisor about your career ideas or concerns. Click here to find out how to make an appointment.

What is career development?

It’s a lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure and life transitions. Its not about a particular single goal or end point and does not begin at your final year of university. Watch this video for more information:

Planning your career

  • Choosing a career is not a once off process. One develops ideas in a series of steps
  • Your degree is only one part of what makes you employable and there are many more options open to you than the ones that may be obvious from your subjects
  • All employers want you to have skills in addition to your qualification. You can develop these while you are at university and the great news is that many skills can be transferred to many different kinds of work. Click here for more about skills and how to develop them.