Careers and Employability Service

What to expect from a guidance interview with a careers adviser

In these appointments, you will have up to 45 minutes to talk to a careers adviser about whatever career-related topic is important to you. Topics of conversation could include:

  • I have no idea what I want to do after I graduate, what are my options?
  • What jobs can I get with my degree?
  • How do my skills fit in the labour market?
  • I’m interested in taking a gap year after I graduate and I want to plan something employers will value.
  • I’m thinking of leaving/changing my course and want to talk through the pros and cons.
  • I’m interested in doing a masters or PhD, what are my options?
  • I’m not sure how to disclose sensitive information to an employer.

A guidance interview is:

Impartial
A careers adviser will not recommend one route to you over another. They are there to help you explore the options objectively.
Confidential
Please see our privacy notice.
Challenging
Careers advisers may question your goals and help you to look at the disadvantages as well as the advantages. This is not to put you off, but to help ensure you have thought it through.
Supportive
The meetings are very informal and relaxed. Careers advisers are there to help you discuss things in a safe environment.
Part of a process
Career choice is a process not an event. A guidance interview is a good starting point but you will need to do further research and continuously update your action plan.

What we can’t cover

We are not permitted to provide advice on visas or immigration rules. However, you may find our leaflet for international students useful. In addition, the Kent Union Student Advice Centre at Canterbury and the GK Unions Student Advice Centre at Medway can advise students on visas and immigration matters.

How can I prepare for my guidance interview?

You may find it useful to research any career ideas you have in advance on the following webpages:
https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/degree/index.html
https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/workin/index.html

How can I book an appointment?

Book online (use your Kent credentials to log into the student area).
Directions to the Careers and Employability Service at the Canterbury and Medway campuses are here.
Cancelling your appointment - if you are unable to attend your appointment please cancel online with as much notice as possible. If you need to cancel on the day, e.g. due to illness, then please call the Careers and Employability Service at the relevant campus.

The Careers and Employability Service is underpinned by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services code of practice

 

 

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Last Updated: 16/08/2018