City graduates can use the Careers Service for three years after completing your studies. We can help you find your first job, progress in your career, or make a change.
Are you heading into work or still looking for your first post-study role? City's Careers Service is still here for you.
Support is available to you for up to three years after you complete your course. Finding work can be a job in itself, as can trying to decide what to do next. Below you'll find the practical support we offer you with your job hunting and decision-making, include advice, information and tips to help you kick start your job search.
If your objective is to find a job in the UK, whether you are just starting out or have already tried and not yet been successful, don’t rush and send out hundreds of applications. Step back and give yourself some thinking time. If you need help, the support of CityCareers is tailored to your personal situation or the strategy you have chosen to adopt.
- Read our Graduate Job Hunting guide for practical advice on job searching and preparing for recruitment.
- Book a one-to-one appointment with our Careers Consultants. We can help you clarify your goals, target your search, and ensure that your CV and applications highlight skills.
- Attend our Career Fairs and employer events. These events are a great networking opportunity for recent graduates as well as current students.
- It's not all about graduate schemes. Read our guide on Alternatives to graduate schemes for other options.
Have you been offered a place on a graduate scheme or a professional role with a company that you're excited about? You've passed the first hurdle! A graduate scheme or full-time professional role can be a very different experience than university and your previous internships, placements or part-time work. We have resources to help you make the most of your first job.
- Book a one-to-one appointment with our Careers Consultants. We can help you navigate the working world so you can make the most of your first role.
Research shows that having a good idea what you want to do and a targeted approach to applications is the biggest factor in achieving a graduate or professional level role. Even if you've already got an offer or are in a job now, having a career plan will help you make the most of your current role and prepare for future opportunities.
You may be thinking about progressing in your current organisation, moving to a higher level role within your field in a new organisation, or making the case for promotion or a pay rise. You will improve your chances of success If you can show that you've made an impact and you have an idea what your next step might be.
Changing career has become the new normal. It is rare now to have a single ‘career’ spanning a lifetime of work. There are many reasons for considering a change. You may:
- Want to change - because you are dissatisfied with your current job/ career or have discovered a career direction you would prefer to take
- Need to change - because your previous career sector is shrinking or disappearing
- Have the opportunity to change - because new circumstances give you the freedom to move in a different direction
You may have chosen your new career direction and then embarked on your current or recent studies with that focus. Alternatively, you may have chosen your studies first and are now considering possible options, in which case it’s a good time to consider what you want from your next career move.
If you go on to study at City, we're still here for you during your postgraduate course and for three years after. If you go on to study somewhere else, you should be able to use your new university's careers service, but you can also still come to City's Careers Service for three years after completion of your City degree.
If you haven't decided yet, we can help you think about whether further study is right for you.
- Book a one-to-one appointment with our Careers Consultants to discuss your further study plans. We can help you decide whether further study is necessary or beneficial to your career goals, review your personal statements, or help you think about what happens after your new course of study.
- Read our guides on Applying for a PhD and Options for PhDs and early career researchers.
Need support? Access professional mentoring for graduates.
You may have participated in City's Professional Mentoring programme while you were a student at City. Whether you were able to be a mentee or not, you can now have a mentor as a graduate as well.
We have partnered with the professional mentoring platform Connect Mentors to give you the opportunity to access their pool of understanding and experienced professional mentors from a variety of industries. A professional mentor can provide career insight and exploration, job shadowing, support through recruitment processes and connections to other industry professionals.
You can sign up now here. It's completely free.
Want to give back? You can be a mentor to current students.
If you've been in the workforce for a few years and feel you have something to offer current students, why not become a Professional Mentor? Becoming a mentor is also a great professional develpment opportunity, allowing you to build your leadership and communication skills, and providing access to City's network of mentors.
Throughout Autumn 2018 we will be running a series of webinars aimed at recent graduates. Taking place on Tuesdays at lunch time and in the evening, these webinars will address different aspects of the graduate job search to help you get the job you want. Attend the full series or pick the topics you need.
All webinars run twice per day, once at 1pm-2pm and again at 6pm-7pm.
Tuesday 16th October
|Career Planning||This webinar will help you identify steps that you can take to narrow down your options and make better-informed career decisions|
|Tuesday 23rd October||Accessing the hidden job market and professional networking||Many jobs and opportunities are never advertised. Tap on to your networks to maximise your chances.|
|Tuesday 30th October||Surviving the graduate job hunt: your personal resilience||Job hunting requires the right mentality to tackle the challenges that you will find along the way.|
|Tuesday 6th November||Self-management for effective job hunting||Managing yourself is key to successful job hunting|
|Tuesday 13th November||Making your CV and cover letter stand out||Your CV and cover letter is often your employers' first insight into what you can do for them. Get the first hurdle right.|
|Tuesday 20th November||Succeeding at your next interview|
This webinar will help you prepare for your upcoming job interviews.
|Tuesday 27th November||Finding, funding and applying for postgraduate study||If you are exploring the possibility to take on post-graduate studies, this webinar will help you make your decision and succeed at your applications.|
|Tuesday 4th December||Your Plan B||Sometimes you come up with barriers to enter your ideal job or you may be experiencing disillusionment and you need to formulate a plan B.|