It can be hard to think about your future career right at the start of your University journey. Whether you know exactly what you want to do, or have no idea, you will be able to get the support you need. Throughout the year we welcome both employers and alumni (graduates from the University) to deliver sessions relating to careers and future destinations. The University’s careers service is The Career Zone. They offer fantastic support to help you reach your goals. The College has designated Careers Consultants who offer one-to-one advice and deliver professional group development sessions relating to improving your CV and applications for work or further study. Furthermore The Career Zone run the The Exeter Award (offering recognition for extra-curricular activities) to boost your graduate prospects.
When you join University you become part of the Exeter family which continues after graduation as you join our alumni community. We are here to help support you through every stage of your professional life from career mentoring for current students, to careers advice for recent graduates and networking events which are all open to alumni. While you’re a student you will have access to over 80,000 alumni in 172 countries, via a whole host of opportunities. Student employability talks delivered by alumni, our careers advice service – eXepert – and the mentoring programme are just a few.
Once you become a part of the alumni community yourself, you can take advance of numerous alumni benefits, including access to free online journals, networking and social events and ongoing careers advice.
Plenty of students choose to supplement their student loans with working part-time. Apart from the obvious benefit of providing ready cash, having a part-time job can provide you with an important addition to your CV: experience! There are two part-time jobs fairs held annually to put you in touch with local employers and a wide range of local part-time vacancies are advertised through our online careers system ‘My Career Zone’. There are exciting opportunities to undertake paid work with the University through our Student Campus Partnership scheme.
Work experience is highly valued by employers – regardless of what sector you are interested in working in. If you feel uncertain about the future, it can be a great way to gain the insight that will help you make career choices. You could gain work experience through your course by choosing modules that allow you to apply your skills in the workplace: Applied Drama; Humanities in the Workplace; Archaeology Professional Placement all include work placements. The Career Zone can support you to find paid internships, work experience and volunteering. There are a many exciting volunteering projects you can get involved with.