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Graduates: Taking the next step

University career advisers

Your university career adviser should be your first stop when looking for careers advice. From helping you make your initial career choice to pointing out relevant career opportunities for you, university career advisers are trained professionals who can help you in every stage of your career choice and development.

A university career adviser can take you through all the career choices that your degree has opened up for you and help you decide which direction you want your future career to go in. Your career adviser will also be able to show you career opportunities that you might not have been aware of, from graduate placements and further study opportunities to career fairs and job opportunities abroad.

Many university careers advice centres also offer extensive resources to students to help them find and take advantage of each career opportunity as it arises, including free CV workshops, internet access, coaching on interview techniques and help with filling in job application forms.

If you are a current student seeking help with career choices you should always contact your own university career adviser. If you are a graduate, you should make contact initially with a career adviser from the university you graduated from before getting in touch with a local University career adviser.

Each university careers service listing includes a specialist section called 'Graduate Services', which lists the level of help and advice graduates can expect from University career advisers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Graduate careers fairs

Graduate careers fairs are an important resource for graduate appointments – even if you don’t get a graduate placement as a direct result of the fair, you’re still taking steps towards your chosen career and moving closer to recruitment in your perfect job.

A suitable graduate placement can be difficult to find, and with the amount of competition vying for graduate appointments you have to use every avenue you can to maximise your chances of finding the right graduate placement for you.

Careers fairs are one of the best ways to find graduate appointments in your area of interest. A careers fair is an excellent opportunity to meet potential employers face to face and market yourself to your chosen industry. Even if you haven’t finished your course and are still in further study, careers fairs are still worthwhile as a source of information, contacts and interview experience.

Job recruitment at careers fairs

Job recruitment careers fairs offer a multitude of benefits to graduates. If you’re ambitious and organised you can get a lot out of a career fair, including;

  • Honing your interview skills – Even if you aren’t offered a job, talking to prospective employers about graduate appointments gives you valuable confidence and experience of interviews.
  • Expanding your network – Meeting job recruiters and even fellow graduates helps you build useful contacts for future reference.
  • Learning industry information – Speaking to job recruitment professionals in your chosen sector is a great way to learn about the industry.
  • Gathering information about companies – Investigating the kind of graduate placements offered by a company tells you a lot about that organisation as a whole.

Job Hunting

It's rare to fall straight into a job after you've graduated. Job hunting can take several months so it's important to stay motivated in your job search and make the most of the opportunities and support out there. These jobseeking tips and tricks will help you choose your ideal career, search for job vacancies and stay focused on your career goals.

  • Research industries and companies that interest you
  • Network. Get out there and speak to companies proactively at exhibitions etc..
  • Sign up to recruitment consultancies. Let them help and identify your next career move
  • Stay motivated. It can take a while to find that right job role. It will be worth it!
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