Each year Careers Network receive thousands of copies of employer directories on campus, featuring employers offering graduate roles, placements and internships to apply for. By the end of the year many Loughborough students are successful in securing opportunities with the companies listed. To make sure you don’t miss out this year, you can access all these online. When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted printed copies will be available free from Careers Network.
To access them all in one place, and to search other sources of job vacancies and opportunities, visit Find jobs and work experience on the Careers Network website.
How is your CV looking?
Competition for jobs is fiercer than ever, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether you are looking for a graduate level job, part-time work or volunteering, you will need a CV that really stands out, so why not invest some time now in getting it up to scratch?
Curriculum Vitae (or CV) translates as ‘Record of Life’. So basically, your CV is a marketing document and the product that it’s selling is you! To do this, you need to put yourself in the employers’ shoes, really understand what they are looking for and make sure that you match those things. You also need a CV that is appropriate for the role, so you’ll probably want a short, punchy 1-page version for part-time work volunteering and certain industry sectors, whereas a full 2-page CV will give you more space to promote yourself for a graduate role. CV etiquette differs between countries so check it out if you’re applying abroad.
Include opportunities that you have taken up during Covid-19, such as becoming a delivery driver, stacking supermarket shelves, working in a distribution warehouse, volunteering at a food bank or teaching yourself some new software. Employers love to see what skills you have developed from your experiences. Finally, remember to package your CV with an impressive covering letter for maximum impact.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many activities going online, such as some university lectures and tutorials, doctors’ appointments and exercise classes. Employers have also adapted their recruitment processes to be virtual too, so it’s a good idea to be prepared and know what to expect. There are some useful articles which can help you:
Thinking about postgraduate study? Does it seem too soon to leave university? Do you love your subject so much that you would like to learn more and become a specialist? Or, would you like to go in a different direction and develop your knowledge in another field? Postgraduate study could be a good choice for you. So, what do you need to consider?
1. Which type of course is right for you?
There are taught Master's programmes (MA, MSc, MBA) and postgraduate certificates and diplomas (PG Cert, PG Dip). If you really enjoy research an MRes combines teaching with a large research project whereas an MPhil is totally research and may lead to a Doctorate (PhD).
2. What do you want to study?
There is a huge variety of courses, so you need to decide what you want to study and where you want to study it. It’s a good idea to think about how it fits in with your career plans.
3. How would you like to learn?
Courses can be studied full-time, part-time or remotely so it’s worth investigating your options carefully before choosing.
4. How will you fund your study?
Many students are self-funding, but there are government-backed loans, research council funds, scholarships, bursaries and charities which can sometimes help with funding a postgraduate degree.
Need help creating a CV, covering letters, applications or finding suitable jobs to apply for? Book a 20 minute Quick Advice appointment with one of your Careers Consultants via Careers Online on the day you would like your appointment. For a more indepth conversation about your career options and career planning 30 minute Career Consultations are available by calling 01509 222039.
Whether you know which career sector you would like to work in, or are still exploring your options, you will find links to a whole range of websites on our Career areas web page.
If you are struggling finding roles consider following the below steps:
Explore career options by checking out some key websites that you may find useful to find roles related to your degree.
If you want to view a full range of websites applicable to you go to the Options with your degree page on the Careers Network website, select your school, select your course and then click on the ‘Resources to find experience, placements, and graduate jobs’ tab to see job search resources relevant to your course.
Finally, don't forget that you can always speak to a member of the Careers Network Team by booking an appointment via Careers Online.
Looking for something niche? Go to Prospects job profiles and find the closest match for the job role you are looking for. Then scroll down to the ‘Employers’ section to see links to search for related roles.