Durham University

Careers services

Please comment on the support you’ve had from the careers services, the type of employers that present and recruit on campus, the effectiveness of the alumni network, as well as fairs and on-campus recruitment activity.

2017

"Durham has a dedicated careers service for students that sends out weekly newsletters advertising opportunities and offers sessions to prepare people for interviews or to help them look for work. Lots of great employers look for Durham students."
"The careers service is amazing from the advice they give you to individual support and from quick and detailed responses to a large budget and large access to resources. They also hold training sessions for job applications such as speeches and aptitude tests etc. Career events occur nearly every term and speakers from large companies come up every week/month. The alumni network is huge but access to it is limited until you're a graduate."
"The university attracts many big employers such as PwC, Ernst & Young, Unilever, Barclays and even motor companies like Nissan and Rolls-Royce. There are lots of opportunities to be recruited from university. The university also organises a lot of events aimed at helping us to get internships and placements."
"There are many skill training sessions, workshops and events organised by companies. Durham University has the highest rate of employability among the UK universities."
"The careers service has been excellent and there are lots of careers events on campus that attract big employers and smaller start up firms. There are opportunities for placements if you look for them but you have to put the work in as they aren't handed to you."
"The careers service is excellent. It's very easy to book an appointment to go over a CV or application, they have information on going into a huge variety of areas and careers and they liaise with lots of employers. There are plenty of alumni networks working mainly through student societies, the colleges and the careers service. Lots of employers come to present and network with students including everything from large investment banks, law firms and accountancy firms to national and regional employers with careers suitable for all subject backgrounds."
"There is a careers centre that has staff members you can talk to and a phone number you can call. You can sign up to the careers centre emails that show you the part-time jobs available for students, work experience, internships and job opportunities for after graduation. There are also a number of talks and workshops at Durham for brushing up on your employability skills or helping with CV writing. Many major companies and employers target Durham University because of the quality of Durham students."
"There are plenty of recruitment events and careers fairs in Durham. However, it is the responsibility of the individual to go out and get involved as nobody will tell you when/where to be."
"I receive regular emails from the careers service and they often hold events where employers come and give us information on placements/internships and other possible opportunities. There are lots of different employers that come and visit and the university notifies you of ones that could be of personal interest depending on your subject and what you would like to do as a career."
"The careers service at the business school is excellent! I would recommend it to anyone. The alumni network is also very good and they work hard at keeping in touch with past students. On campus recruitment could be better but this may be because Durham is so out of the way that we do not get as many as those who study closer to London. Additionally, most of the events are tailored to undergrads."

2016

"The careers service are always free to chat and often have career fairs. But I think more could be done to let you know what you need to be thinking about each year. They could inform you in first year that you may need to look for internships at the start of second year for example."
"There's always interest from employers with regards to recruitment, graduate schemes and internships. The college alumni network can easily be accessed and they often provide funding and grants for those in need of them."
"I feel the uni is well connected to many good and reputable law firms. The law society is very efficient and far reaching as well, with many networking events on both ends. On this aspect, I feel Durham Uni prepares us and provides the opportunities for securing jobs very well."
"A lecturer from the employment agency contacted me the same day with teaching details of local schools in order to get some more experience. My college tutor reviewed my CV before I applied, which I believe helped me to get the teaching post."
"Top employers have stands outside the library a few times a week, there are constant emails from the careers service."
"Fantastic careers service and talks/workshops through the department."
"I haven't used the careers service much but am aware it is available and has extensive resources. A good mix of employers come in and advertise themselves, although there is a lot of focus on 'professional' sector jobs like law, banking, accounting, advertising etc. There are a few fairs throughout the year, but as for alumni, I'm not aware of many particular events which use their expertise. The few that I have heard about haven't been of interest to me."
"There are recruitment events but in Stockton it's not exactly the top employers."
"A lot of on campus recruitment activity. Mostly the big four banks and law firms. Teach First also has a strong presence."
"The service from the careers department is excellent. They have consultation appointments, but they also organise a large number of events to help you boost your skills and encourage you to meet and talk with various organisations."

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