Graduate Futures First and Foundation Year Guide to Careers

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Get personalised one to one support Find work experience Meet employers Get ahead with our tools for success Create a personalised career plan the new final year We can help you to identify opportunities which enhance your knowledge, contacts and experience. Start now, using the tips in this guide to: "You can't wait until your final year to make your career decisions. To complete in today's job market you need to plan, find relevant work experience and get involved in extracurricular activities and work. And the earlier you start the better." - Andrew Haxell, Director Graduate Futures

Careers Clinics Get support with your job search, help to improve your applications through company and role research and get your CV sorted.

If you have a business idea, are interested in self employment or would like to develop your enterprise skills, speak to the Student and Graduate Enterprise team. Book with us by emailing:

Student and Graduate Enterprise

Speak to careers advisers to explore your options and to improve your applications and interview performance.

Careers Guidance Appointments

Weekdays 10am 4pm. Digital and face to face appointments are available. To book an appointment visit:

Weekdays 10am 4pm. Digital and face to face appointments are available. To book an appointment visit:

Kickstart your career with our support

International Mobility Support Working and studying abroad develops and shows your motivation, independence, research skills and your individual ambition. Whether you are a UK, EU or an international student, we can support your international ideas or aspirations whether you want to work or study abroad, stay in the UK or haven’t yet decided! Book an appointment by emailing: Support on your course Each faculty at Northumbria has a dedicated Employability Partnerships Adviser that works with your academics and personal tutors to provide tailored careers sessions throughout the year. Finding part time jobs and voluntary work Getting relevant, suitable work experience Exploring your options Improving your CV Interview tips Identifying transferrable skills How to sell your skills to an employer Writing a first year action plan Impressing employers at interviews/assessments Future placement/internship ideas Ask us about:

Pack your CV with the skills employers demand...

Negotiation and Persuasian To influence and convince others, to discuss and reach agreements.

Flexibility & Resilience To adapt successfully to changing situations and environments even when it gets hard.

Positive Attitude To give it your best, even if it's challenging and it's going to be hard work.

Communication To express your ideas clearly and confidently verbally or in writing. Teamwork To work confidently or in a group.


To overcome challenges and come up with solutions, be analytical and creative Time Management To prioritise tasks and work to deadlines.

Commercial Awareness To understand the business and the industry which you are apply to To compete in today's job market you need employability skills such as:

Planning & Organisation To plan activities and carry them out effectively.

Get the skills and experiences to impress employers


These are usually short periods of work experience of 6 12 weeks. They can help you decide if a career area is right for you. Placements

Part-time work Earn extra cash and acquire a skill set valued by graduate employers. Improve your confidence, teamwork, communication and time management skills.

There's a lot you can do to impress employers and there's no time like the present to start!

Employers often recruit based on volunteering experience. They recognise it takes initiative, commitment and a caring attitude. Societies & Academic Reps Turn your passion and interests into action! Join a society or become an academic rep. Getting involved and making a difference impresses employers. Work shadowing

Learn more about roles and work environments. Shadowing can help you decide what job would be right for you. Open & Taster days

These are normally structured programmes which involve working for an organisation for a full academic year, usually your second year.

Visit employers to gain a greater inight into their organisation. This can look good on an application. Internships

Where to look for work experience Jobs Online Discover part time and volunteer jobs. Search 1000's of opportunities Receive e mail alerts of new jobs which match your preferences. Find the link at: Careers Online Find content for all levels including foundation and first years With links to sources of part time jobs, volunteering opportunities and more, Find the link at: Social Media & Events Follow organisations you're interested in working for, who may post their vacancies on social media. Follow us on all major social media platforms where we post regular Job of the Day posts and more! Just search for: NUGraduateFutures Part-Time Jobs Fair: We run an annual event for all students to attend Join us in the Student Union Domain on 27th September from 11 3pm to talk to employers offering jobs! Visit our website to access all of our tools:

Your CV...your marketing tool Give your CV a competitive edge before employers see it. Get it checked by us or check out our specific CV resources, templates and online CV feedback and scoring tool at Careers Online.

Careers Workshops Find out more about different sectors and career options and develop your employability skills From September we run a programme of Career Workshops designed to provide you with information on what it is like to work in different job roles and how you can improve your application skills all to secure a job. Many of these sessions are open to students of any degree discipline, so don't rule them out! Employer presentations & drop-ins Get a step ahead in the recruitment market connect with employers eager to meet Northumbria students. Find out about their opportunities and how you can impress them with your application. Student and Graduate Enterprise Develop your enterprise skills at Enterprise Experience Weekends, workshops, competitions and other events thrghout the year. Visit our website to browse our careers events: Meet Employers

1 Careers Online Careers Online is your unique employability hub. Expand your career knowledge with our top 5 things to read and do on Careers Online: Use the CV builder and Cover Letter Builder tools to create expert applications for part time jobs and work experience opportunities. Once you've drafted your CV, use the CV360 tool to check it and score it out of 100! 2 Go to the Job Hunting section of Careers Online to get advice on how to find part time jobs, work experience and voluntary opportunities to help you develop the skills that employers want. 3 Fully explore the FIRST YEAR box on Careers Online. Here we've given you advice on early career planning as well as specific, expert advice for new students. 4 Get to know what tools are on Careers Online via the TOOLS drop down menu. Here you'll find the CV & Cover Letter tools as well as an interview simulator and assessment centre content! 5 Explore the Job Search engine on Careers Online via the VACANCIES tab. You'll find various links already setup for you, as well as access to GoinGlobal giving you access to 1000's of global opportunities! Visit our website to get access to Careers Online:

Make social media work for you and get noticed by employers. Use it from your first year to help you stand out from the competition for placements and graduate jobs around the world. Social Media do's: Set up and develop a Linkedin profile. Visit Northumbria University's page on Linkedin and click Alumni to freely investigate what graduates from your course have gone on to do Follow companies which interest you on social media to improve your commercial knowledge and networks. Check out Pinterest, Instagram and others particularly if you study a more visual/creative course or a subject like graphic design or architecture. Social Media dont's:

Don't refer to yourself as a jobseeker online Use key words and phrases which identify you as a professional Don't forget that everything you put online stays online. Future employers may see it. Check your privacy settings too. Don't start an account and never use it. This will damage your network and potential reputation. We can support you in our appointments with all of the above. Just book at

Your Online Brand

Don't forget, use us to help you... Come and Speak to us Your career is unique to you Our careers professionals offer confidential bespoke support. Whether it's help with your career decisions, developing a career plan or learning how to stand out in your applications and interviews, with our insight into graduate recruitment, we can help you Attend a careers event Employers target Northumbria students, they want to meet you! Speaking to employers at a fair or event is a great opportunity for you to find out if you would like to work for them and get an insight into the person they are looking for. Here is a comment from one of our previous students: "I hadn't thought of applying to xxxx before, but I really like what I heard at the presentation, so sent off my application....and out of the 1000's of applications I was successful in getting the only graduate scheme position in the North West!" Access exclusive career resources & vacancies Don't spend hours trawling through jobs and career websites on the internet. Out careers professionals have brought together the key, personalised information best suited to you! Save time by using Careers Online and JobsOnline and get ahead early in your career!

Career Action Plan Attended our Part Time Jobs Fair on 27th Sep 11 3pm in Student Union Domain? Logged on to Careers Online? Had your CV checked on CV360 or in a clinic Had a 1:1 appointment with our staff? Looked for vacancies on JobsOnline? Setup a Linkedin profile and had it checked by the Graduate Futures team? Organised voluntary work or joined a society? Arranged work experience (shadowing or paid?) Met with an employer on campus or virtually or attended a workshop session? Organised summer vacation work? Have you done the following? (Print/Screenshot this page if needed, and you can tick them off as you go!)

Moving on to your second year

Things to consider As well as your academic achievements, employers value work experience and time abroad. By discovering your work preferences in your first year, you can make some well informed choices. If you haven't achieved everything on your action plan, there's still the summer vacation. Speak to us before you leave or over the summer. With almost three quarters of the UK's leading graduate employers* offering work experience, these opportunities will provide excellent evidence for graduate job applications. Speak to us early in your second year to find out what placement options are available on your course. Work and Study Abroad Demonstrates motivation, independence and research skills all behaviours valued by employers Find out what options are open to you on your course. Book an appointment with an adviser at the end of your second year to identify your next steps and receive support with all your applications and interviews. The Graduate Market in 2022, High Fliers Research Limited 2022


Graduate level jobs Available in the private and public sector. The vast majority are small and medium sized companies These roles often offer greater variety and responsibility.

Graduate Schemes Offer a programme of training and are designed to fast track you to a leadership position. Available across all sectors, from social work and teaching to finance and marketing, most enable graduates of any degree discipline to apply.

Further Study


Moving on to your Final year

Things to consider With lots of career options to choose from it is often difficult to know where to start. Students who start their career planning early develop the skills and experience employers are looking for and gain an understanding of their strengths and motivations, will be in a better position to take advantage of the career options open to them in their final year.

If you have an enterprising mindset and would like to start your own business, our Student and Graduate Enterprise team is here to help you.

For those who want to change direction or give their career an edge, or for those who have a burning passion for their area of study.

The graduate recruitment process will start early in the final year so consider the options open to you

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