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Careers

Your career

Whether you are a current student or recent graduate, we offer a variety of services and resources to help you into employment. Our services are available for graduates of City, for up to three years upon completion of your course.

How career ready are you?

Every year when you register at City, we ask you about your career readiness.  Your answers help us to provide the events and resources that will help you move forward, whatever stage you're at.

How do I decide?

I have no career ideas yet but want to start thinking

I have some ideas about my career and I am ready to start finding out more

I thought I knew what I wanted to do but I've changed my mind

If any of the statements above describe you, you're probably deciding.  That's part of what your university experience is about.  You've already decided what to study, but deciding what career path to take after your studies is different.  The Careers Service can help you explore your options in a number of ways.

Actions

  • Careers appointments - book an appointment with a Careers Consultant.  They can help you think about your strengths and interests, and what types of options might be best for you.
  • Workshops - we offer workshops on career decision making, as well as specialised workshops exploring options in each school.
  • Employer events - every year we have hundreds of employers visit City to attend our fairs, panel events and employer skills workshops.  Hear direct from employers about what it's like to work in their fields.
  • Experience City - getting involved with extracurricular activities can give you exposure to different areas, help you develop skills, and make new friends.  Experience City has information on everything that's going on.
  • Micro-Placements - find out if your course offers a Micro-Placement module.  These mini placements will help you get experience and explore different fields.

Resources

View the results of the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey to see where City graduates work. The survey results will provide you with some ideas of your future career path, if you're undecided on the type of job you'd like to pursue after graduation.

1st year insight opportunities - lots of larger companies offer Insight Weeks to first year students to learn about the company.  We've collected a list for you here, but you can also just google "first year insight weeks" and the sector you're interested in.

Take a look a some of the resources below to help you think about different career paths.

Moving directly into a graduate role isn't for everyone. Read our advice on postgraduate study and taking a year out. There's also advice for if you're considering changing or leaving your course.

What if I need a change?

If you've already come into higher education with some work experience and you're looking to make a change, you can take advantage of all of our appointments, events and activites above.  We also have some specific resources for career changers.

Making a plan

I have a career in mind and I am ready to gain relevant experience

I know what I want to do but I’m not sure how to get there

I have some short-term career ideas but lack long-term plans

If you already know what field you're most interested in going in to, it's time to start planning.  How are you going to make sure that you have the skills and experience employers are looking for?  Doing well in your academic studies is the most important thing, but you also need to make sure you get relevant experience and understand what employers are looking for.

Actions

  • Careers appointments - Book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to talk about what you'll need to do to make yourself an attractive candidate and how you might start getting experience.
  • Employer events - Employer events are a great opportunity to meet recruiters and talk to them about what they want in candidates.  You can attend our Career Fairs, panel events and employability skills sessions to learn more and start networking.
  • Careers workshops - Attend careers workshops on preparing your CV and other aspects of the recruitment process.
  • Micro-Placements - If your course offers a Micro-Placement module, this is a great way to get experience and explore your options.
  • Placements and internships - Consider applying for an internship in the summer or for a year-long placement.  You can search for opportunities on the Vacancies section of CareersHub, or on the links below.  If you would like to do a year-long placement, speak to the placements team in your school.
  • Volunteering - Volunteering is a great way to get experience, especially if you're interested in the public sector or charities. City's Volunteering team can help you find the right opportunity for you.
  • Unitemps - Work for City in temporary and Student Ambassador roles.  We hire hundreds of students every year in many different kinds of roles.  We also advertise temporary roles and internships with local businesses.

Resources

Take a look at our handouts on getting experience and networking below.

Internships and work experience

LinkedIn and Social Media

Networking

Look for internships and placements on the sites below:

Ready to compete

I am ready to apply for graduate jobs

I am planning to apply for further study

I am planning to start my own business

I have been applying for opportunities and so far have not been successful

Did you choose one of these statements?  Your ready to compete.

By your third or final year, you should be ready to start applying for graduate jobs or postgraduate study.  Depending on the field you want to go into, the deadlines may be earlier or later in the year.  Start thinking about your timeline at the beginning of your third year to make sure you don't miss out.

Actions

  • CV checks - Get your CV reviewed by one of our fully-trained Application Advisers. You can also have your CV reviewed online via screencast.
  • Mock interviews - Have a mock interview with one of our Careers Consultants to help you prepare for the interview process.
  • Psychometric tests - Practice psychometric tests at Graduates First or Assessment Day.  You can sign up for free with your City email address.
  • Career fairs - Meet employers at our career fairs, and get the information you need about their application processes and deadlines.
  • Employer events - Attend employer events to network and make connections with recruiters, and learn more about what you need to stand out in their recruitment processes.
  • Employability Award - Do you know how to talk about your skills and experiences in a way that convinces employers?  The City Employability Award shows that you've gone the extra mile and gives you experience presenting yourself to employers in writing.
  • CityVentures - Interested in starting your own business?  The CityVentures team has advice, support, competitions and events for students with business plans or who are interested in starting their own business.

Resources

Start your graduate job search now.  The sites below are just some of the places where you can search for graduate jobs.  If you're interested in a specific field, check out the resources on CareersHub for more.  Most large employers will also have their own careers sections on their websites.

Postgraduate Study

  • Review your personal statement - book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to review your personal statement for postgraduate study.
  • Continuing your studies at City - did you know that City graduates get a 10% discount on tuition fees for postgraduate courses?  If you are interested in postgraduate study for a degree that we offer, take advantage of the opportunity you have as an undergraduate to speak to the course leaders.  You can find out about the courses City offers on the main website.

Read our guides on postgraduate study below.