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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Prospects Career Planner & Job Match

These are job exploration tools that can help you to generate job ideas, compare different career pathways and relate job roles to your skills, motivations and interests. They are not designed to tell you what you should do but to help you develop your understanding of the relationship between your strengths and skills and those required in different job roles. Career choice is a complicated process that takes time and which should, if done thoroughly, take into account a broad range of variables. The tools are a means of both starting and supporting this process.

Prospects Careers Planner

It is necessary to register with Prospects and create your own account to use the planner, however, this is a simple, free and confidential process.

There is no set route for using this package and there is no necessity to complete every section in one sitting. You can save your progress at any stage but in order to maximise the effectiveness, it is essential that you take sufficient time to engage in the process thoroughly. It is also key to reflect on the results and if desired, you can share the results, and your feelings about them, with one of the Careers Advisers at Durham University by booking an appointment.

Prospects Job Match

Answer questions about your interests and preferences and you will be provided with job family recommendations. These aim to provide you with a clear idea of where your strengths and skills lie and how you might use them in a future career. Job families provide information about your skills and interests in the workplace and offer recommendations on what job would suit you from over 400 job profiles. Be prepared to be surprised, as well as see suggestions you might have already considered.

Both the Careers Planner and the Job Match tools are accessed via the Prospects website