Career Ready Plan Explore your options, clarify your goals

Explore your options, clarify your goals


Researching future career opportunities will broaden your horizons, help clarify your career goals and strengthen your purpose. Accept that you won’t have it all figured out, building a career takes time. Review and fine-tune your goals as you progress through your studies. Having a sense of where you are heading will help boost your motivation and determination to complete your studies.

What you can do now

  • Reflect on your core values, motivations, interests, skills, strengths, and personal attributes. Knowledge of who you are and what is important to you will assist in moving your life in the direction that is right for you.
  • Free resources to assist with self-exploration and identifying occupations which may match your interests, skills and personality include: MyFuture, My Next Move: O*Net Interest Profiler, Personal Values, Holland Code (RIASEC) Test and the Big Five Personality Tests
  • Visit Your CareerMyfuture and Good Universities Guide for information on numerous careers.
  • Complete the 'You and Your Career' module in JCU Employability Edge.
  • Download the Career Snapshot specific to your degree for information on career paths and opportunities.
  • Scan job vacancies listed on general (eg. Seek) and sector specific (eg Dentist Jobs Australia) job boards, or view the careers section on employer websites to see what type of positions are available with your degree.
  • Scan the Graduate Recruitment sites, JCU CareerHubProsple and GradConnection for information on graduate positions, internships and vacation programs relevant to your degree.
  • Go to the Alumni (graduate students) section on James Cook University LinkedIn page to investigate the career paths of graduates in your fields of interest.
  • Investigate your career relevant professional body to gain greater awareness of developments and opportunities within your future industry area.
  • Attend industry career events, either in person or virtually, to learn about job opportunities, organisations of interest, and future career paths with your degree. Go to JCU Careers and Employability Events for more information.