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Action Planning

It's worth remembering the benefits of taking stock of your progress from time to time during the year and revising or refining your plans for the next stage.

Academic targets

One of your main goals this year will be your dissertation - go to Managing Your Dissertation/Final Year Project for tips on planning and managing your time.

Completion review, and planning next steps

Towards the end of the penultimate term of your degree programme, once your dissertation has been completed, it may be useful to reflect on what you have achieved. Use the Dissertation Completion Review sheet (Word 31KB) within the Review and Reflection section.

Next steps after graduation

By now you should have given some serious thought to the period post-graduation, whether you plan:

  • Immediate entry to your chosen career
  • Experience related to your longer-term goals
  • A gap year
  • Further full-time or part-time study

All the above require careful research and exploration, which often involves making and using contacts. The Networking/Research exercise (Word 33.5KB) will help you practice these skills. Plenty of help is available to help you explore options and you should take some time to tap into these resources. Complete a Career Action Plan (Word 36KB) and use the following to get started:

  • Careers and Employability Service website : details of extensive range of resources and links to useful sites
  • Prospects website
    • If you're really not sure where you are heading, there is an on-line career planning resource to help you understand your needs and aspirations and explore opportunities. It helps you take a systematic approach to making career decisions, and provides help on making effective job applications, CVs, and how to prepare for job selection.
  • CAREERPLAN - an online career planning tool to help with decision-making and making effective applications.
  • UKPASS - online service for all those wanting to apply for postgraduate study in the UK (Includes taught courses and research programmes)

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  Managing Your Dissertation/Final Year Project
Linked Documents:
  Dissertation Completion Review sheet (Word 31KB)
  Career Action Plan (Word 36KB)
  Networking/research exercise (Word 33.5KB)
  Refining Your CV (Word 40KB)
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