Lancaster 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.

2018

"There's good support and I managed to enrol on a leadership course that had spare places during the Easter, which helped me to diversify into management for my fourth year."
"The alumni network is great! I've just been to a networking event and am always being emailed about more opportunities like this. The uni presents a range of great employers such as EY, the Civil Service, the BBC and Google. I am always being emailed about placements and work experience (internships) from a range of areas including education, management and finance etc."
"There are often careers lectures that students are encouraged to attend and there are many people you can talk to to discuss this. There are also internship opportunities, work placement schemes and programmes such as the schools outreach scheme to help students get information, skills and experience."
"Each department offers weekly newsletters that are emailed out with job or internship opportunities suitable for a range of different students. The university has offices for different big businesses or organisations on campus, which allows for a good relationship and opportunities for recruitment and experience. Alumni are often invited in for web seminars to talk to students, provide support and build a network. There are many placements on offer that can be taken on a year out or as part of your dissertation with a range of private, government or NGO organizations. There are also placements to do alongside learning during the academic year with organisations on campus."
"There's plenty of careers advice and some courses offer a year-long internship. Summer jobs are available in departments and support is available for internship and job applications."
"The careers service is excellent and has everything you need including loads of support, events and information. You need to go and access the careers office yourself to take advantage of their services including mock interviews, people reading your CV and help with cover letters and workshops etc. The service runs a lot of events and workshops that help you and it also brings employers to campus for networking events."
"The Lancaster Award has been a useful way of keeping track of my work experience and I have managed to get some work from the Temporary Jobs site."
"The careers service sends out many communications regarding job and internship opportunities. It also publicises and runs workshops aimed at helping you to develop career-related skills including the highly-valued soft skills. There are fairs throughout the year featuring many major and local employers, as well as presentations and events in which employers come to campus. Each department offers placements and work experience and there is a lot of stuff available during the summer such as internships."

2016

"The careers team provide many workshops and one-to-one meetings to help you succeed in interviews and employment. Tutorials throughout the year also prepare you for a job by teaching several employability skills such as CV writing."
"Careers service have been brilliant and always on hand if I needed any advice or mock interviews etc. They put on careers fairs a few times a year which are informative and give you the chance to ask questions."
"There is a very good careers service in the management school. As an economic major, I can count on an advisor specifically for my course."
"Several careers fairs on campus over the year. Huge amount of skill sessions and career events with employers such as Teach First, PwC, EY etc available throughout the year. There's a university careers service plus some department-specific career services."
"Most of the time, fairs and employers present only benefit those in the management school. As a politics student, I do not feel that the university has prepared me for life after my degree. They seem far too focused on students doing business/management/accounting degrees."
"The careers service are very prominent on campus, we've had lectures from them specifically for our course on steps to take to enhance our prospects, there are regular careers and recruitment fairs, the uni itself offers part-time work to students as well as internship schemes. There is also the 'Lancaster Award', which can be achieved by taking part in extra-curricular activities and demonstrates to employers that you are more than just a degree. The careers service also offer career advice, mock interviews, and CV checking which is really useful!"
"There's a lot of support from the careers services, with different workshops available on various topics, as well as one-to-one sessions. The number of employers that come on campus is impressive, as is their reputation. There are also at least two careers fairs per year, in which you get to network with employers and ask any question you like."
"Most courses have a careers module which teaches students how to look into job prospects that suit their degree. There have been careers fairs where companies have visited the university and students can ask questions. These have been prestigious companies such as IBM, which is helpful as you can see what type of CV is needed to compete for high quality jobs."
"If you were to put in minimal effort and only do what you were told to in terms of careers, you wouldn't get very far. However, if you're willing to spend half an hour looking online you'll find hundreds of free sessions offered by the careers service. They also run the 'Lancaster Award', which anyone can take part in, which helps to make you more employable. They give free advice, will read through your CVs and personal statements, and will give free practice interviews. I'm sure there are other services they offer that I haven't heard of myself."
"The career services are excellent at Lancaster. They help you with your CV, cover letter, applications etc to try as best as possible to get you a job. Always sending relevant emails for business placements and grad jobs to make you aware of what is available and what you might want to apply to."

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