Service: Assessment & Graduate Coaching
Graduated from Uni with a great degree but not a clue what to do!
When Joe graduated from Exeter, he faced a common problem – he didn’t have a clue what to do next. That’s not quite true, he knew a few pathways he could take. His degree in Modern Languages would have been well suited to the Army, but he knew he wasn’t. A career in insurance was another thought, but midway through reading a policy document, the more appealing prospect of banging his head against a wall hinted that this probably wasn’t the right way to go either.
So, Joe went travelling for a bit, came back, had lots of coffees with lots of people to talk through their jobs, hoping inspiration would strike. But no luck. “In the end, I had to admit that I was running around like a headless chicken and going nowhere”. A change of strategy was needed.
Joe decided to have a chat with the Forward career coaches. Extensive discussions covered a review of his qualifications, a chat about his personality, and open exploration into the work environment that’d suit him best. Alongside this, Joe took the Forward assessment which helped show him some reasons he wasn’t quite where he wanted to be. Joe likes working with people and is naturally curious. He was also keen to use his languages and have a job with an international dimension. Gradually, as he sorted through his options, he found something that suited him perfectly – business intelligence. Joe did four internships before being offered a job and has been with his current firm just over a year. He uses his languages most days, researches, analyses risk and writes reports – all of which he loves. He is working with great bunch of like-minded people. Forward didn’t secure the job for him, but it gave him the clarity and confidence to get his career on the right track.