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Student Services January 14 Day Countdown

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Day 13: Focus on your career

It's never too early to start planning your career and thinking about what you might want to do once you graduate. Today's page will help you focus on your studies with your career in mind. We give you some quick ideas to help you get started on the next step in your career journey.


Life after Graduation

You’ve already made a significant career decision in coming to study at the University of Dundee, and the University provides an award-winning Careers Service to support you throughout your time here and beyond.

Whether you’re looking to build skills through part-time work or volunteering, have a clear idea of what you want to do next, or need some help in making sense of all your options; we’re here to help.

Watch this video from Shona Johnston, Head of the Careers Service.

Duration 02:34

Working in the UK

Not from the UK?

If your passport sticker or identity card gives you permission to work in the UK, you may wish to gain experience through part-time work or volunteering. Despite the pandemic, many employers are still recruiting and some organisations are offering remote roles.

If you plan to work in the UK you will need a National Insurance (NI) number. If you have a biometric residence permit (BRP), you might have a National Insurance number already - it will be printed on the back of your BRP if you do. If you do not have a National Insurance number, you can apply for one by calling 0800 141 2075 – lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Government information about applying for a national insurance number 

International Students Guide to Careers Support

International Students’ Guide to Careers Support

This guide has been written especially for international students to tell you about the help we offer and some of the ways the UK job market differs from other countries, including a glossary of helpful terms.

There is space included for you to make plans and set goals, so why not get started straight away?

Open the workbook

Link to PDF Workbook for international students

Social Media

Jobs and events

We highlight lots of jobs and events through our Twitter and Facebook @UoDCareers - why not follow us today?

You might also want to set up a LinkedIn profile to connect with fellow students, staff and potential future employers – just remember to keep it professional.

LinkedIn provide advice and tips on setting up a great student profile.

LinkedIn provide advice and tips on setting up a great student profile.

Buzz Quiz

Here's a just for fun quiz!


Start the quiz

There are 16 possible results - all connected with an animal! Are you one of the sea animal, bear, birds or cat groups?

Explore the animal types

Get in touch

Want to talk to someone?

You can make an appointment for an online chat with a Careers Adviser

This is a free and unlimited service. As soon as you are a registered (matriculated) student you can book online for a time that suits you

Book a time

If you haven’t yet registered (matriculated), or have any other queries, contact us by email at 


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This guide was created by the Academic Skills Centre, a part of Student Services. You can contact us at