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First year...



is the new final year

First year is a fantastic time to try new things, meet new people, develop new skills and improve your confidence. The key to finding and securing a job you’ll love after graduation is about taking advantage of the opportunities on offer to you. This will help to improve your employability and will make you a more attractive candidate to employers.

your career decisions. To compete in today’s market you need to plan work experience and get involved in extracurricular activities. And the earlier you start the better.

Andrew Haxell, Head of Careers and Employment

We can help you to identify opportunities which enhance your knowledge, contacts and experience. ...and it won’t be such a huge task later

Start NOW and use the TIPS in here to: Get 1-1 support Find job opportunities Meet employers Get ahead with our tools for success Create an Action Plan

pathway and applications for jobs

Kickstart your career with support from Careers Careers Guidance Drop-In Speak to Careers Advisers to explore your options and to improve your applications and interview performance.10am-4pm weekdays in Student Central, City Campus Library. Go to the Ask4Help desk to sign up.

Careers Information & Job Search Drop-in Get support with your job search, help to improve your applications through company and role research and to get started with your CV. Weekdays, 1-3pm, in Student

Central. No appointment needed.

Support on your course Each course has a nominated Careers Adviser. Working with your academics and personal tutors, they provide tailored sessions throughout the year.

Ask us about Finding part-time jobs and voluntary work Getting work experience which supports your career Exploring your options Improving your CV Interview tips Getting started with LinkedIn Identifying your transferable skills How to sell your skills to an employer Writing a first year action plan

Impressing employers at interviews and assessment centres

Speak to us in the Careers Guidance Drop-in to help you identify opportunities to develop your skills

Pack your CV with the skills and experience employers demand There’s a lot you can do and there’s no time like the present! Part-time work

Earn extra cash and acquire a skill set valued by graduate employers. It can improve your management skills.


Employers often recruit based on volunteering experience. They recognise it takes initiative and commitment.

Societies and Academic Reps

Turn your passion into action; join a society or become an academic rep. Getting involved and

Work shadowing

Open/Taster Days

Learn more about roles and working environments. It can help you decide what job would be right for you.

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

Come to the Careers Guidance or Careers Information and Job Search Drop-in to discuss the best opportunities for you.

Where to look

JobsOnline – Discover part-time jobs and volunteer roles. Search from 1,000s of opportunities. Receive email alerts of new jobs which match your preference.


Register now at

Northumbria Part-time Jobs Fair – 26 Sept 2017, Students’ Union 11am3pm. Come along and meet employers looking to recruit Northumbria

Go online to see who is attending


Societies and Academic Reps – The Students’ Union provides full details of all societies and how to become an academic rep online.

Check out the Students’ Union website

JobsOnline Careers and Employment

Find roles that build your work experience. Search by type, sector and location. It’s quick and easy to do. Set your preferences and receive email alerts direct to your inbox.

• Part-time and vacation jobs • Work experience opportunities • Volunteer roles • Graduate jobs

Register at

Northumbria Part-time Jobs Fair Tuesday 26 Sept 2017 11am–3pm

Students’ Union, City Campus Looking for part-time or vacation work while you study? Want to earn extra cash, develop new skills and enhance your CV?

Find out more at

Your CV… your marketing tool Give your CV a competitive edge before employers see it. Get it checked at the Careers Drop-in. YOUR NAME full term address telephone number and email PROFILE (Optional) Make it strategic, highlight your current situation and career aim or your key skills and experience. WORK EXPERIENCE (If you have this, include before education section) Use the job advert/description to identify what the employer is looking for. Give specific examples. Start with your most recent and work back. Include start and end dates. Keep it clear, divide up into subheadings of relevant or other work experience. Summarise your responsibilities, skills, achievements and contributions. EDUCATION Include the dates, course title, institution and location. State your current course and work backwards. Only detail course titles at GCSE level if requested or relevant to the role. The number achieved and grade is usually sufficient. ADDITIONAL SKILLS / ACHIEVEMENTS Include any relevant such as IT (list software packages), driving licence and language skills. Add any certificates e.g. first aid, sports coaching, awards and positions of responsibility e.g. team captain. If particularly relevant to the role place above your education section. INTERESTS (optional) REFERENCES Include name, job title and work place for an academic and current/recent employer. Get permission first. If you don’t have space just write ‘References

available on request’.

Log in to Careers Online to find links to to example CVs

Keep it short

Use bullet points to give impact

Many employers want to develop a relationship with you from your first year and offer opportunities to meet with them and learn more about their organisation. These experiences can help you get ahead of the competition in your placement and graduate applications.

Meet Employers

Careers Workshops Find out more about different sectors and career options and develop your employability skills.

From September we run a programme of Careers Workshops designed to provide you with information on what it’s like to work in different job roles and how you can improve your application skills to secure a job. Many of these sessions are open to students of any degree discipline, so if you’re an engineering student and would like to know how you could get a job in HR then come along and find out how.

Fairs Find out about the culture of an organisation, meet recruiters faceto-face and stay one step ahead.

Kicking off with Northumbria Part-time Jobs Fair on 26 September 2017, we have a number of fairs taking place across the year. These will help you find out about part-time jobs vacancies as well as what opportunities exist for future placement and graduate level work. You can also use these events to develop a relationship with an employer and network with current trainees. This will help you improve your application and interview answers.

Employer Presentations and 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.

Careers Online Your Employability Hub

Online support to help you explore career choices, discover what’s involved in job roles, find and apply for work, master CVs and interviews, discover work experience & explore what to do next.

Log in at

Get ahead with our for success

GoinGlobal Find jobs, internships and work and career information. Go to the Global Careers section of Careers Online for exclusive access.

Facebook and Twitter Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest events, news and vacancies. Search for NUCareers.

Your online brand... ...get noticed by employers Make social media work for you. 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

Social Media Don’ts

Set up and develop a LinkedIn profile. Use the Northumbria alumni tool to investigate what graduates from your course have gone on to do. Follow companies which interest you on Twitter to improve your commercial knowledge. Check out Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and others, particularly if you study a more visual subject like graphic design or architecture.

Come to the Careers Guidance Drop-in or Careers Information and Job Search Drop-in • Get advice on developing your online brand •

Don’t refer to yourself as a job seeker 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. Don’t start an account and never update it.

First Year Action Plan Have you... Had your CV checked by the Careers team? Attended the Northumbria Part-time Jobs Fair 26 Sept 2017? Visited the Careers Guidance Drop-in or Careers Information and Job Search drop-in? Set up a LinkedIn profile and had it checked by the Careers team?

Registered with JobsOnline? Organised voluntary work or joined a society? Arranged work experience (shadowing or paid)? Logged in to Careers Online? Met with an employer on campus? Organised summer vacation work?

Moving on to your second year As well as your academic achievements, employers value work experience and time abroad. By discovering your work preferences in first year, you can make some well informed

If you haven’t achieved everything on your action plan, there’s still the summer vacation. Speak to us before you leave.


Get prepared for your second year and build on what you’ve already done. Placements - with more than four-fifths of the UK’s leading graduate employers* offering

paid work experience these opportunities will provide excellent evidence for graduate job applications. *The Graduate Market in 2015, High Fliers Research Limited 2015

Work and study abroad – demonstrates motivation, independence and research skills – all behaviours valued by employers.

Come to the Careers Guidance Drop-in at the end of your second year to identify your next steps and receive support with all of your applications and interviews.

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. Graduate level jobs – available in the private and public sector. The vast majority are with small and medium sized companies. These roles often offer greater variety and responsibility. Further study – 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. Self-employment – if you have an enterprising mind-set and would like to start your own business, the University Student and Graduate Enterprise team is here to help you.

Student and Graduate Enterprise A unique service providing free enterprise skills training and start-up support to Northumbria students and Graduates

Twitter @NUEnterprise Facebook /Northumbria Student and Graduate Enterprise Image thanks to Edd Dutton, NUOVO Society President and Architectural Technology Student

Key dates Semester 1 Enrolment –7 Sept to 18 Sept 2017 Welcome/Induction week – 11 Sept to 15 Sept 2017 Teaching weeks – 18 Sept to 8 Dec 2017 Northumbria Part-Time Jobs Fair – 26 Sept 2017 Careers in Teaching Week - 9-13 Oct 2017

Northumbria Placements & Careers Fair - 6 & 7 Nov 2017 Employers on campus – from Sept 2017 Careers Workshops – Wednesdays from Sept 2017 Winter break – 11 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018 Assessment weeks – 3 Jan to 12 Jan 2018

Semester 2 Welcome week (new students) – 8 Jan to 12 Jan 2018

Employers on campus – from Jan 2018 Careers Workshops – Wednesdays from Jan 2018 International Careers Week - 12-16 Feb 2018 Teaching weeks – 15 Jan to 23 Mar 2018 and 16 Apr to 27 Apr 2018 Spring break – 26 Mar to 13 Apr 2018 Assessment weeks – 30 Apr to 18 May 2018

Careers Workshops Applying for Placements and Graduate Jobs 27 Sept 4 Oct 4 Oct

Working in the UK After Graduation (as an International Student) Applying for Graduate Schemes Great CVs & Applications for Graduate Jobs

1 Nov

Impressing Employers at the Placement & Careers Fair Volunteering 8 Nov Psychometric Tests (Situation Judgement & Personality) 8 Nov Psychometric Tests (Verbal & Numeracy) 15 Nov 15 Nov

Securing a Graduate Role or Work Experience Using LinkedIn Applying for Graduate Schemes

15 Nov

Brush Up Your Maths for Psychometric Tests

22 Nov

Assessment Centre Practice

22 Nov 29 Nov

Skills for Finding Placements for Graduate Students Succeeding at Interviews for Placements and Graduate Schemes Disability Graduate Schemes, Disclosure and Reasonable Adjustments Making the Most of Your Time in the UK (for International Students)

29 Nov 6 Dec

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on Wednesdays Part-time Jobs and Work Experience 27 Sept

Great CVs for Part-time Jobs

25 Oct

First Year Professional Work Experience Opportunities

Jobsearch Aimed at students from a variety of degree backgrounds, these short, sector-focussed sessions will outline the range of job roles available, how to find placements and graduate jobs, current vacancies you could apply for and top tips on what employers will be looking for in your application. 18 Oct 18 Oct 18 Oct 25 Oct

Business HR Science Engineering

25 Oct 25 Oct 1 Nov 1 Nov

IT Sport Finance Marketing

for further details and to sign up. Go to

Meet the team Visit us in Student Central, City Campus Library. Go to the Ask4Help desk and sign up to the Careers Guidance Drop-in, 10am-4pm, weekdays. 1-1 support also available at Coach Lane Library via Ask4Help. Get quick, practical support at the Careers Information and Job Search Drop-in 1-3pm, weekdays.


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First Year Career Guide 2017  
First Year Career Guide 2017