21 Days To Career Success for Graduates

  • Are you a recent graduate?
  • Are you finding it difficult to get a job?
  • Are you working in a job but it’s just a short-term solution rather than your ‘ideal career’
  • Are you wondering why you haven’t been successful in applications?
  • Are you feeling a bit demotivated or lacking confidence in your career planning and job seeking?
  • Are you putting off big decisions until you feel ready or inspired?


If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions then read on…

First of all, you are not alone. Many new graduates find it can take time to settle into the world of work. Many say it has been much harder than they expected.

Ok you have had some time now to recover from your studies and to revel in the big achievement of having a degree. But what do you want to achieve now and in the next year?  Imagine yourself in a year’s time – how would you want to reflect on the year that has passed? What would success mean to you?

The staff at Careers and Employability are here to support you even after you have left university and we realise that sometimes it is useful to get help and advice in small chunks when and wherever suits you.

Some people say that it takes 21 days to learn new habits so over the next 21 days we will be offering you practical and relevant information and advice to help you give your career a make-over. If you take the time (maybe 30 minutes) each day to read what we have to say, and do some of the activities we have devised we are sure that you will feel more confident and better prepared.

As this is a new resource we are interested in your comments throughout. Are we covering the topics you need? What has been particularly helpful? Can you add any tips to other graduates from your own experience?

If you still need further or more in-depth help, or if you are feeling so anxious that you can’t think straight then get in touch.



To check your current thinking about careers, download our How ready are you Questionnaire?

What does ‘career success’ mean to you? Read our short post to get you thinking about this question.

The 21 Days Programme starts here

Be ready to answer some big questions along the way.

Go to this link to start the series of blog posts: Day 1: To Plan or Not to Plan


How well do you know yourself?

Have you explored the job market?

Who are your connections?

Do you know how to present yourself?

Hold on tight and keep on going.











All the posts in the programme

Day 1: To Plan or Not to Plan?

Day 2: Career Goals – Tyranny or Liberator?

Day 3: How to Understand what Jobs and Careers Really Involve?

Day 4: What’s in Your Toolkit? Skills for Your Career

Day 5: What Makes You Tick? Personality, Values and Interests

Day 6: What Should I Do? Decision-making Made Easier

Day 7: What’s Your Story – Your Personal Brand

Day 8: What do Employers Really Want?

Day 9: Predicting the Jobs of the Future

Day 10: Could Self-employment or Freelancing be for You?

Day 11: What else could I do? Alternatives to the 9 – 5 job

Day 12: Be Savvy and Know Your Rights

Day 13: Who’s on Your Bench?

Day 14: It’s Good to Talk – Career Conversations

Day 15: Grit your Teeth and Get Networking

Day 16: How to find a job?

Day 17: How to make your CV work for you?

Day 18: Well Done! You’ve got a Job Interview

Day 19: In it to win it – Assessment Centres and Psychometrics

Day 20: Taking Control of Your Career

Day 21: Recovering from Setbacks and Keeping on Going

21 Days: The End…and the Beginning


Who is behind the 21 Days programme?

The “21 Days to Career Success” programme is a joint production;  devised and developed by Eileen Cunningham and Fiona Christie, both of whom are careers consultants and researchers in the field of careers and employability.  You can contact us at f.christie@salford.ac.uk and e.a.cunningham@edu.salford.ac.uk.

Sincere thanks to colleagues – Gary Bardsley, Andy Kay,  Tahira Majothi, Paul Sheppard,  Justyna Turner and Tim Ward – for help with the ‘words’; and to our very talented interns James Monaghan for his photography,  Carolina Beiertz for introducing us to expressive typography, and Dominika Piasecka for video footage. Also Callum Simmons for sketch artwork.

We’d also like to thank HECSU/Graduate Prospects for providing us with funding that helped in the development of this resource.


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