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Helping students to consider early career goals: Three exercises

In a four-part series, Dr David Oxley and Dr Helmut Schuster consider students’ transition to the workplace. In part 2, they offer three exercises to help students think about future careers and their aspirations
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“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life … ride your strengths … find your passion … do what you love … you can do anything you set your mind to…”

These platitudes are stock phrases that are still very visible in career advice circles. Of course, they make sense on a superficial level. They are like career affirmations.

The problem is that they miss the most important question of how. Much like saying we wish we were billionaires, Olympic athletes, or lottery winners, they are day-dreams and fantasy unless we can figure out how.


Explore this SecEd series: Careers advice and entering the workplace

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