Job hunting is a competitive activity with employers looking for applicants who can offer the most. It is also an evidence based process where employers seek information about activities you have done in the past to provide evidence that you will be able to use a skill, quality or knowledge in the future.
When applying for jobs make sure you:
- Know what you have to offer
- Research the company and the job being advertised
- Be clear why you want it
- Research the selection process and prepare for it
- Are aware of application deadlines for graduate training schemes
- Research the practices of the sector that interests you.
Self employment and student enterprise
Whilst at Surrey if you would like to try being an entrepreneur or develop your business skills further, the Student Enterprise team offers a range of activities and initiatives. They can advise on sources of funding your business idea or highlight the opportunities available to give running a business a go, often as part of a team in a national competition. The Enterprise Centre and Studio offers office and retail space for running new businesses. A number of events and workshops are on offer throughout the year run in conjunction with Employability and Careers Service and Student Enterprise.
Volunteering and timeout
About 5% of graduates take a significant period of "time out" during the 12 months after finishing university. Most will go travelling but some will learn a new skill or fulfilled a long standing ambition, putting their career on hold in the meantime. Explore our information leaflet.
Professional Training is an integral part of life at the University of Surrey and is a fantastic opportunity for all Surrey students providing them with the experience of working life after university. Find out more.
Part-time and graduate jobs
Our Unitemps department provide paid jobs for current students so you can build up your work experience. They also have graduate job opportunities. Find out more.
The Employability and Careers Centre can help you with any aspect of looking for a job now and after you have left the University.