• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer than average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful river Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. The city also has many historical hotspots and posesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way through to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping. The city is packed with restaurants and student bars and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. It's obvious why students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of things to offer students such as shopping, unique restaurants and entertainment - including live music. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs dotted over the city - you really are spoilt for choice!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the underground and has everything a student could possibly want from the Uk's best shopping, restaurants, parks and museums to some of the most unique bars and clubs.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle has lots to offer including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including 600 shops in the city. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is known for its role in the great Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves underneath the streets of the city. Nottingham also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars and Barbican areas.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love the sea - Portsmouth is a great choice! From eating and drinking out to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard - there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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How to Plan an Amazing Career and Make it Happen

Whether you’re a first or final year student, it’s never too early to consider your post-uni career options and develop a plan to make that incredible career take off. A good career plan will help you determine short and long-term goals by identifying which extracurricular classes and activities you may need to take up to make you a strong, viable candidate.

 

Self Reflection

When you’re deep in study and bogged down with assignments, it can be easy to neglect reflecting on what you want to achieve long term. It’s important to take the time to consider your current situation and the path you want to be on.

 

Getting to understand your own drive and needs will help you create a plan that suits not only your career goals, but also your lifestyle.

 

Setting Goals

Your self reflection has helped you discover what career you want, now you need to work out how to get there. It’s crucial to set goals as part of your plan, but how do you know what goals to set, and how attainable or realistic they are?

 

SMART goal setting provides structure to your goals and objectives. These will ensure that your goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

 

To make the best of these goals, work with a friend and help each other develop your individual goals. Having support and encouragement is an excellent way to motivate and remind each other of the path you want to be on.

 

Make a Plan

Now that you have set your goal, the next step is to put a plan of action together to make it all happen.

 

Even though you may not have buckets of experience yet, it’s still good practice to keep an up to date CV. As time goes on, add new experiences, new skills, and don’t forget about those transferable skills from other academic and non-academic areas. When the time comes to start applying for job, you’ve already got the backbone of your CV written.

 

Life would be much simpler if everything went to plan all the time, but this is not always the case. Building yourself a safety net in the form of a back up plan is a sensible idea. Do also consider what you can do if you don’t hit some of your goals, even if just a temporary retreat to regroup and rethink your career goals.

 

Always go back and reflect on your path and yourself. As time goes on, you will change, and so will your needs. Don’t forget that the world is also changing, so take into account how your desired career might also change with it. Research your career, and the opportunities it will open up to you, as well as the advancements and developments in that industry.

 

Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and to take risks when necessary. Take on extra training, courses and educate yourself to fill in any gaps you see in your skillset that could give you the edge when you’re approaching employers.

 

Be Confident

It can be daunting to consider what you plan to do after you graduate, but simple steps  as mapped out above can help you find that perfect career, and help you step out of university,  confident that you’re prepared for a successful and productive career.

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