The University Careers Service is committed to providing information advice and guidance to current Surrey students and recent graduates.
As such, the Careers Service is not able to provide individual advice to prospective students. The only exception to this is at the regular University Open Days where careers and employability staff will be happy to answer your individual queries.
For information, tips and advice to help you apply for a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at the University of Surrey visit Applying to Surrey pages.
We have produced some useful answers to frequently asked questions which you may find useful.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the Career Service help Surrey Students and Graduates?
The Careers Service works closely with all University Schools and Departments to provide relevant and timely careers activities appropriate to the needs of our students. We offer a huge variety of talks and workshops, many involving graduate recruiters.
In addition to showcasing specific occupations and employers, our events also provide expert advice on Effective Applications, CV Writing, Interview Skills, Assessment Centres and much more.
We recognise that students need thorough preparation if they are going to be successful when competing for sought after placements, jobs and further study opportunities.
Our website provides information to assist students with their job seeking and we also advertise a wide range of graduate job vacancies aimed at Surrey students and graduates.
Find out more about everything the Careers Service can offer by going to: www.surrey.ac.uk/careers.
2. How can I make the most of my time at Surrey and improve my chances of getting a good job?
At Surrey you will have the chance to get involved in many and varied extra-curricular activities including Student Clubs and Societies, Volunteering Opportunities, involvement in the Students’ Union and much more besides.
Find out more about the wide variety of volunteering opportunities open to students at: www.ussu.co.uk/volunteering.
These activities can help you develop many valuable skills and competencies such as team working, problem solving, negotiating skills, time management, presentation skills, leadership and project management to name but a few.
Graduate Recruiters are looking for evidence of these, and other skills, in addition to a good degree.
3. What do graduate recruiters think of Surrey graduates?
Surrey is a leading research led university with an excellent reputation for our highly employable graduates. As such the university is heavily targeted by large numbers of regional, national and international employers looking to recruit our graduates.
High profile recruiters are regular visitors to campus providing our students with a great opportunity to find out first-hand about a variety of fascinating careers offered by top graduate employers.
Our careers fairs are some of the largest offered by any UK University with over 145 exhibitors in attendance at our most recent autumn fair.
Many of our students opt to take a Professional Training Year with an employer as part of their programme of study.
Over the years this has enabled Surrey to forge excellent links with a wide range of employers as well as enabling participating students to significantly enhance their future employability.
Find out more about the benefits of a Professional Training Year here: www.surrey.ac.uk/discover/professional-training.
4. What can I do with a degree in…………?
The options series of leaflets provide a good starting point. They give an excellent introduction to career options relating to over 70 different degree disciplines. Titles can be downloaded free of charge from: www.prospects.ac.uk/links/options.
The “What do graduates do?” publication provides national data based on large cohorts of graduates and also provides some very useful commentaries to accompany the destination information.
Details can be found on the HECSU (Higher Education Careers Services Unit) website here:
The most recent edition of the publication covers the first destinations of 2014 graduates and is available to download, free of charge, at: www.hecsu.ac.uk/assets/assets/documents/wdgd_september_2014.pdf.
5. What do Surrey graduates do?
Every year the Careers Service undertakes a major survey of our UK and EU graduates six months after graduation in order to find out what they are doing following their course of study here.
You can find details of graduate destinations from different subject areas on the following website:
This allows you to see what proportion of graduates go into employment, further study etc.
You can also see examples of employers that graduates are working for and courses of further study that they are undertaking.
6. How can I research graduate career opportunities?
The following websites provide an excellent starting point:
www.prospects.ac.uk/types_of_jobs.htm - access occupational profiles covering over 400 separate graduate job roles
http://targetjobs.co.uk/career-sectors - explore details of 25 graduate career sectors covering a wide range of different areas of work - everything from Healthcare and Education to Investment Banking and Engineering and much more besides
www.careerplayer.com/graduate-jobs/ - watch video interviews with a wide range of professionals and find out what their jobs really involve
www.highfliers.co.uk/ - download a copy of the Graduate Market in 2015 and find out about trends in the graduate job market – competition for jobs with major recruiters, average starting salaries etc.
7. Where can I get more information and advice about Higher Education?
If you are attending our Open Day go to the ‘Applying to Surrey’ talk which will provide a guide to the UCAS application process and student finance, with tips on writing your personal statement, applying for financial support and making ends meet.
Make sure you seek advice from your own School / College Careers Adviser.
You can also get telephone or online help from the National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.
The following websites provide useful information that will help you:
• Research the range of subject areas available within Higher Education
• Find out more about student funding
• Gain an understanding of where your degree can take you in the future
• Understand how employers may view different degree disciplines
• Discover what students think of their course of study and their University
These two sites focus on student funding issues: