Your first year

As our students embark on their degree course it is never too early to visit us for career advice and options.  We are here to encourage our students to reflect on their interests, skills values, personality or circumstances in order to understand themselves better and identify what motivates them.  

During the first year get involved and make the most of your time at the University.

Semester one

Get involved

  • Join clubs and societies as this is a great way to get involved in university life and can help build your employability by enhancing skills like team working, communication, leadership and problem solving.

Part-time work

  • Consider opportunities for part-time working which can help your student loan go further and give you an insight into the working world that will be valued by graduate recruiters
  • Attend our Part-Time Work fair in the Autumn semester to meet companies recruiting for student friendly, part-time jobs
  • Contact Unitemps on campus for further information and vacancies


  • Want to give something back? The Students’ Union work with many local voluntary organisations enabling you to get involved in opportunities that interest you. Get the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile and build skills employers really value as well
  • For information read our Students Jobs and Volunteering leaflet

Semester two

Where can your degree take you?

  • A graduate job may seem a long way off but it’s never too early to start planning your future. Now is the time to explore future career options – check our services and our events calendar

 Some useful starting points include:

  • ‘Your Degree…What Next?’ folders available for you to access at the Employability and Careers Centre – call in any time we are open to use our information area
  • Options With…’leaflets on the Prospects website and the Occupational Profiles that give an excellent introduction to a wide range of careers
  • Needing more direction? Prospects Planner can help you match interests and skills against a wide range of graduate careers
  • Reflect on your personality type using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator – this can be useful when making career choices
  • You can also book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to talk through your options further

Develop your CV

  • Your CV will grow and develop throughout your university career
  • Find out from our CV Writing leaflet how to develop a CV that will impress a future recruiter

Start planning your summer

  • If you’ve got a career in mind the summer can be a great time to organise some work shadowing or work experience – we can advise you about how to plan this
  • There is also a range of seasonal jobs at home and abroad – start planning early as some opportunities need early applications

Summer vacation

Forward Planning

  • Are you thinking about a professional training year or a summer placement at the end of year two?
  • Many of these opportunities need early action at the beginning of the new academic year so make sure you do some forward planning and remember the Employability and Careers Centre is open to you throughout the year, including vacations