Your final year

Making the most of your final year is key and we are here to help you build on your employability skills and refining your approach to finding a rewarding graduate role. To encourage you to take action in your final year we have created guidelines and suggestions for each semester.

Surrey pathfinder

Semester one

Apply for graduate jobs

  • Many established graduate recruiters will have early closing dates so don’t delay
  • Collect graduate directories from the Employability and Careers Centre, check the Employability and Careers Centre vacancy site and read our finding vacancies Advertised Vacancies leaflet
  • Research opportunities thoroughly – focus on fewer really high-quality applications
  • Clarify closing dates and prioritise your applications
  • Meet with recruiters visiting Surrey and get help with your applications – attend careers events and check out the video clips and information leaflets on our website
  • After taking these steps you may wish to get feedback from a Careers Adviser on your applications
  • includes a calendar of deadlines for graduate schemes and internships across a variety of industries

Make the most of the Autumn Careers and Placement fair 

  • The Autumn Fair is a great opportunity to make a good impression and network with a wide range of recruiters  
  • Be prepared – research organisations attending, create a short list of people you want to talk to and prepare a list of questions to ask – use this opportunity to find out what the employer is really like and your inside knowledge will help you make a winning application.

Psychometric tests

  • Many employers will ask you to undertake aptitude tests and personality questionnaires, often online
  • Make sure you are fully prepared – you will perform better if you have taken some practice tests
  • Full details on how to prepare can be found in our psychometric tests leaflet under selection process.

Interviews and assessment centres

  • Don’t miss our careers events that include group interview skills workshops, mock interviews with graduate recruiters and assessment centre exercises – an invaluable opportunity to practise for the real thing. Check out the relevant video clips and information leaflets on our website
  • You can also access individual help or a mock interview with a Careers Adviser.

Further study

  • Find out more about postgraduate study options using the dedicated pages on the prospects website. Think about your reasons for continuing your studies and feel free to discuss your ideas with a Careers Adviser
  • Some courses, e.g. PGCE (teacher training), may have early deadlines so you may well need to take action at the start of your final year.

Semester two

Continuing your job search

  • Still seeking a graduate job? Don’t despair – there are lots of small and medium-sized companies that are more likely to be advertising jobs later in the year – keep checking the Employability and Careers Centre vacancy site and for the London area use Jobonline as well
  • Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and remember it is a great site for vacancies as well as for professional networking
  • Many employers may never advertise so you may like to consider making speculative applications – read our The Hidden Job Market under finding vacancies.

 Summer recruitment fair 

  • Attend the Summer Recruitment Fair – a great place to catch up with employers who are still seeking graduates – you should also be able to attend similar events throughout the country.

After graduation

  • If you followed all the steps above you have a great chance of being in suitable employment or study
  • If you still need help with your career contact the Employability and Careers Centre. You can still have access to all our services for up to 3 years after graduation.