It’s only 4 weeks into the year so you might think graduation is a long way off and you’re probably getting stuck into your final year of studies. It’s good to remember where it is all heading – graduation. And thinking about what you can do now and throughout the year to get ready for it will save you a lot of time and worry when deadlines are close and graduation is round the corner.
Not all students are sure what they need to do to ensure they are employable: the Transitions project at the Careers Service aims to make sure UK undergraduates from non-traditional backgrounds (such as first generation; students receiving full grants; mature students; local / commuter students) know what to do when and have the career support they need.
Making the most of the opportunities on campus will stand you in good stead for the future. The Careers Service works with employers to provide you with tools and opportunities to make you employable; from meeting employers at career fairs and talks through to preparing your CV and honing your interview techniques.
What can I do NOW?
Science students: Attend the "Applying for graduate schemes" workshop for Science finalists, Tuesday 12th November 4.30 - 5.50pm. This workshop will consider the range of employers operating graduate schemes; the types of work available; meeting employers – particularly useful if you’re going to the Science Careers Fair on Thursday 21 November; tips for tackling application forms, and a look ahead to the subsequent stages of the selection process. BOOK HERE
- Read your weekly WoW (What’s on Weekly) update. It’s tailored to your Faculty and will tell you about employers coming on campus and workshops and talks taking place to help you with applications.
- Find out who’s coming to the Career Fairs. The fairs website tells how you can prepare and get the most from meeting employers. Still to come: Legal Fair on 20th November, Science Fair on 21st November.
- NB: Science firms recruit non-scientists for roles like Finance, HR, Marketing, Management; non-science firms welcome scientists along with arts and humanities, social sciences and engineering graduates; and students from any subject can apply for work experience with a law firm and convert to law after graduation.
- Presentations: don't miss out on employers coming on campus to tell you about their graduate opportunities - check WoW or the full What's On Diary
- CVs and applications: see our online application tips, talks and sample CVs, and/or book a one-to-one review with an adviser
- Search myVacancies for graduate vacancies. Graduate schemes start the recruitment process early. Researching the types of jobs available will help you clarify what you want to do and identify gaps in your CV that might need filling.
Any student can book an appointment with a careers adviser to discuss your careers plans, graduate jobs and get advice with applications by ringing 0114 2220910 or calling in at the Careers Service. If you are a “non-traditional” student you can also contact Pete and Rachel from the Transitions project at email@example.com.