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Careers • Job Shop • Placement Employability Link Contact Us: Ayr Campus Student Link, Main Reception T: 01292 886267 E: Dumfries Campus Student Link, Dumfries & Galloway College Building T: 01387 734279 E: Hamilton Campus Student Link, Almada Building T: 01698 894448 E:

SUCCESS... We’ll help you achieve it!

Your Guide to Using the Careers Service For Students and Recent Graduates You might be surprised at just how much we can help you with! • One-to-one careers guidance & coaching • Employability events & workshops • Careers information • Vacancies

Paisley Campus Employability Link, Elles Building West T: 0141 848 3806 E:

The Careers Service aims to be accessible to all users. If you require support to access any of our services, please let us know. We are happy to make this publication available in an alternative format. On Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley Campuses and online at

The Careers Service at UWS The University’s Careers Service is dedicated to helping you to achieve success. We provide a range of services to our students and recent graduates*:

• Careers guidance and coaching appointments that give you the opportunity to speak with a qualified careers adviser about your individual career ideas.

What Students are saying...

“The Careers Adviser at the University was extremely helpful, I received excellent advice and I followed it through. I researched the organisation, didn’t rush my application form or CV and prepared myself for the interview. I landed myself my dream job at Glasgow Science Centre!” ___________________________________________________________________

• Drop-in sessions for quick careers related questions and for specific topics such as CV tips and volunteering. These vary by campus.

“I would like to thank you for your professional guidance on interview technique and all the advice you gave me, I really found it very helpful and it boosted my confidence at interview.”

• Employability events and workshops on various different subjects such


• Information resources, in both print format and online, that can assist

“I am very grateful for all the help you provided and I wouldn’t be on this graduate scheme without it. I have recommended your service to many of my university friends.”

as preparing CVs, completing application forms, interview preparation, and opportunities to meet with employers. you in your career planning and decision making.

• Our online vacancies service advertises graduate vacancies, part-time


Accessing our services:

“I have found the services available at Employability Link invaluable in terms of seminars , presentations , materials and also help finding jobs to apply for, and developing my CV.”

jobs, vacation work, placements and volunteering opportunities.

The Careers Service is available at all campuses and you may use the service at the most convenient campus for you. Contact details are on the back page of this booklet and also on our website. Not able to visit us during normal office opening hours? Our Virtual Careers Library on our website is a comprehensive information resource. We also provide one-to-one appointments by telephone or you can access our e-guidance (guidance by email) service on our website. *Recent Graduates are those who have graduated within the last two years.

___________________________________________________________________ “This was an excellent service and the reason why I landed the job I have. Thank you”

Your comments and feedback are always welcome, including your suggestions of ways in which we can improve our service. Please email us:

Our Other Employabilty Services

Preparing for your Careers Appointment

Employability Events & Workshops A variety of events and workshops are held throughout the year and across the four campuses, covering a wide range of topics and including employer events. These vary by campus and up to date listings can be found on our Vacancies & Events site at

Your Careers Appointment is an opportunity to discuss your career ideas and plans with an experienced adviser on a confidential one-toone basis.

Vacancies As well as our online vacancies service, we also have many links to other sources of vacancies, and we can provide assistance with effective jobhunting. Register with us at and also check out our Looking for work pages in our Virtual Careers Library. Some examples of vacancies advertised recently through our service:

• Apple Store Leader Programme • Graphic/Digital Designer - Fake Bake UK Ltd • Junior Business Analyst - Metis Partners • Graduate Civil Engineer - Graham Construction • Partnership Development Officer - East Renfrewshire Council Job shop Our Job Shop advertises part-time jobs, summer work and volunteering opportunities and can provide guidance on accessing advice on various aspects of working while you study. You can access the Job Shop on campus or online at Placement Support Service A support service to students who are looking for placement opportunities, including an information resource on Blackboard and assistance and advice from the Careers Team. To register for this service visit us on campus or online at

The types of topics you might want to discuss could include:

• Specific career areas open to you • Job search and selection processes • Changing or leaving your course • Further study opportunities • Helping you to identify and analyse the skills you have to offer • Transition from study to work Remember these are only some ideas—it’s your appointment and you set the agenda! And also remember that it does not have to be a “one-off” event — you are welcome to visit us again to discuss things further. How can you prepare? Make best use of your appointment by starting to think about yourself in relation to career ideas. For example:

• Interests - What do you enjoy doing? What part of your studies has

interested you most?

• Motivations - What would motivate you in a job? Is it using your degree

subject? Is it working with people? Is it financial success?

• Skills - What skills would you like to use in a job? Are your strengths

best in research or analysis? Do perform best as part of a team? Check out our website for further information.

Careers Information A selection of relevant Careers Information is available on each campus including employer directories, careers magazines and reference books available through the library. However, our main information resource is our website - You might be surprised at how much information you can access here! • How to book an appointment • Preparing for your appointment • Drop ins • Employability Events & Workshops • E-Guidance Service

Accessing Our Service BLOG



• • • • and many more!

Links to Other Useful Websites


Virtual Careers Library

Vacancies & Events

Careers Information • Career Planning • Looking for Work • Applying for Work • Further Study • Information for International Students • Setting up your own business • Information by Job Sector • Options with your subject

Register with our Vacancies & Events site at:

Your Guide to Using the Careers Service  

For UWS Students and Recent Graduates

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