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Recent Graduates

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.

Finding a job

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.

Succeeding in your first role

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.

Developing a career plan

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.

Making a career change

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.

  • Read our Advice for Career Changers guide.
  • Book a one-to-one appointment with our Careers Consultants to discuss your options.  We can help you inventory your skills and experience, define your transferrable skills, and identify careers pathways that are in line with your goals.

Going on to further study

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.

Mentoring

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.

Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Graduate job search webinars

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.

See the full list on CareersHub (sign in required)

DateTitleDescriptionRegister

Tuesday 16th October

Career PlanningThis webinar will help you identify steps that you can take to narrow down your options and make better-informed career decisions

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 23rd OctoberAccessing the hidden job market and professional networkingMany jobs and opportunities are never advertised. Tap on to your networks to maximise your chances.

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 30th OctoberSurviving the graduate job hunt: your personal resilienceJob hunting requires the right mentality to tackle the challenges that you will find along the way.

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 6th NovemberSelf-management for effective job huntingManaging yourself is key to successful job hunting

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 13th NovemberMaking your CV and cover letter stand outYour CV and cover letter is often your employers' first insight into what you can do for them. Get the first hurdle right.

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 20th NovemberSucceeding at your next interview

This webinar will help you prepare for your upcoming job interviews.

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 27th NovemberFinding, funding and applying for postgraduate studyIf you are exploring the possibility to take on post-graduate studies, this webinar will help you make your decision and succeed at your applications.

Afternoon

Evening

Tuesday 4th DecemberYour Plan BSometimes you come up with barriers to enter your ideal job or you may be experiencing disillusionment and you need to formulate a plan B.

Afternoon

Evening