It's rare to be 100% sure about a decision, but think about which concerns you can alleviate by talking to the employer, those in the role, or by doing some work shadowing to experience it first hand.
Friends and family can help weigh up the pros and cons of different options, or your careers service can help.
Consider forming a plan A, plan B, plan C list; it's good to have back ups if your first ideas do not work out.
There's not just one job out there that's right for you, but many that would suit, so consider a wide range of options.
Developing your skills
Consider what skills employers want. Familiarise yourself with common selection criteria for your chosen field and think about whether you have all of the required skills.
If there is a gap in your skills, you might not need a course to fill it. You'd be surprised what you can teach yourself or learn through different types of work experience and/or volunteering.
Build on your career interests. Keep learning by joining societies, professional associations, a relevant LinkedIn group, and reading blogs and publications. You could even showcase your learning through your own blog or public social networking channel, such as Twitter or YouTube.
It might be that postgraduate study could help develop the relevant skills that you need. Research courses thoroughly and talk to those in the job field to make an informed decision about how a further qualification could be of benefit.
Other short courses, such as those offered through adult education classes, college courses or distance/online learning, can also be beneficial.
Research the field, potential employers and recruitment deadlines, and begin to plan for them.
Make sure that any visible social profiles of you, e.g. on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, are professional and consistent in case a prospective employer finds it.
Don't apply to anything and everything. Focus your applications on what you really want and spend your time making a smaller range of high quality applications that are truly competitive.
Apply early if you can. Early applications invariably have fewer competitors for the employer's attention.
Give yourself time to complete your applications. Every single one needs to be tailored to that specific role and selection criteria. Don't use a generic CV or covering letter.
Get feedback and advice on your CV and applications from your careers service.
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