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 known as 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 help boost your graduate prospects.
When you join the University you become part of the Exeter family which continues after graduation and you become a part of the 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 open to all our alumni. While you’re a student at Exeter 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 the 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 each year 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 directly 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 with finding paid internships, work experience and volunteering. There are a host of exciting volunteering projects that you can get involved with.
Care Homes Reading Project
The Care Homes Reading Project began in the English Department at the University of Exeter and quickly became one of the University’s most successful student volunteer initiatives. In 2015 the project was named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron. Students who volunteer with the project are trained and sent out to a large number of care homes across Exeter, visiting residents regularly, reading poetry, plays and short stories, and simply spending time chatting. This enables students to develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as an understanding of how their studies can be applied outside of University.
You can find out more about this project on the official website.
The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
There are many opportunities to volunteer at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum on campus. The museum houses one of the largest collections of prehistory and cinema ephemera in the UK. As a student volunteer, there are opportunities for you to get involved with the Special Collections archive and support the Cinema Museum with setting up displays and cataloguing items. Watch History Masters student Emily Vine on YouTube, as she discusses the Bill Douglas Centre and working with World War Ephemera.
The University of Exeter also works with many organisations who recruit students for voluntary positions.
Students have previously worked with:
- The National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)
- Exeter City Football Club Archives
- Engineers without Borders (a charitable international development organisation)