Career Advice

The word ‘Career’ can sound daunting, but we’re here to keep it as simple as possible. Whether you don’t know where to begin or know exactly what you want to do, this page is designed to help you.

Don’t know where to start? Things to think about before you come to see us:

Quick Start – If you haven’t used us before, these two quick steps will help you to get you up and running fast.

Step 1 Graduate and other jobs, as well as part-time and work experience/internship opportunities from mainly UK employers. Delivers a range of local, regional and national opportunities, along with some international jobs.

Step 2 To help you identify possible career options, utilize job search tools, create a great CV, boost your interview and assessment skills. Also includes a powerful global job search engine.

What jobs can I do?

We regularly have students and graduates visit our Careers Center, they are often unsure of the type of job that they would like to get into or have an idea, but want to talk it through. There are some really useful pages and questionnaires on the Prospects website that will help you to start thinking about the type of career that might suit you.

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Start your CV

When improving your CV, it is more useful for you to come visit the Careers Center when you have an idea of what type of jobs you will be applying for – and already have a current CV. It is helpful to target your CV to the sector you are applying to work in, and not just write a generic one. Look at the job role specification and show where you can demonstrate the essential/desirable criteria, giving specific examples. The links below will give you some hot tips on how to write a CV and provide you with some helpful examples. Have a look at these pages to give you some ideas, then come and visit us during our one-to-one sessions to discuss further. 

» Hot tips on what to include in your CV (PDF, 73.2Kb)

» Information and examples of CV’s and Cover Letters (PDF, 238Kb)

Once you have completed your CV, bring it to the Careers Centre so that we can give you some feedback before you sending it out to employers.

How we can help 

We can help whether you are looking for a graduate job, work placement, part-time/casual work or studying. It’s never too early to make a start, we offer a FREE service for students and graduates for up to 3 years after graduating!

Help with job searching

Visit the most popular job vacancy website: http://www.prospects.ac.uk,where you will find a wide range of opportunities including: graduate jobs, work placements, internships, part-time positions and more! Also take a look at our useful website list.

One-to-one sessions with a Careers Coach

Speak one-to-one with a Careers Coach in a confidential setting on any career related issue. Whether you feel stuck with your job search, need help with your applications or are seeking general advice.

Interview Advice

If you require help for an upcoming interview, please get in touch with our Careers Centre as soon as possible so that we can help you prepare. This may be through a mock interview, or if time is limited we can offer advice on technique, and elements to consider before an interview.

Events and Workshops 

Take a look at our News & Events section to find out about a variety of workshops, events and presentations. They will commence throughout the year, learning key skills to enhance employability and enabling you to meet local and national employers.

Getting a job

Please use the links below which will help with your job search and the application process. If you are still having trouble, require assistance with applications/interviews – or have any questions, please do not hesitate to attend our careers centre during drop-in hours.

Finding a job

Key sources that will assist you with your job searches.

Recruitment agencies NEW! Recruitment agencies can be extremely useful when searching for a job, whether for a permanent graduate position, temporary, casual, part-time or vacation job.

Volunteering 

Why should you work for nothing? Unfortunately a degree alone is not sufficient to make you stand out to employers anymore. As well as the reward of the fantastic feeling you get from making a real contribution to the community, volunteering is an ideal way of developing experience in an area related to your career aims or personal interests.

Latest volunteering opportunities

Enactus – Take entrepreneurial action to help community projects

OCVA – Supporting you to find a suitable volunteer role

Do-it – Search engine for national volunteering opportunities