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 University 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.
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 the university to forge excellent links with a wide range of graduate recruiters as well as enabling these students to significantly enhance their future employability.
Many recruiters are regular visitors to campus and as such students have a great opportunity to find out first hand about a variety of fascinating careers offered by top graduate employers.
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 2013 graduates and is available to download, free of charge, at: www.hecsu.ac.uk/assets/assets/documents/WDGD_Sept_2013.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: www.surrey.ac.uk/careers/current/surreygraduates/
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:
7. Where can I get general advice about degree choice, UCAS applications, funding etc.?
Attend one of the Applying to University and Finance talks at today’s Open Day (check your Open Day programme for further details).
Seek advice from your own School / College Careers Adviser.
You can get telephone or online help from the National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Useful information can be found on the following websites: