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.

2017

"The careers service is great and the lecturers of special careers modules given to economics students have great contacts such as positions in HM Treasury. There are plenty of job opportunities for the university as well that help to prepare students for working life off campus. Whenever I have gone to the careers service, they have always been friendly and helpful and always act quickly. At careers fairs there's usually a wide range of companies represented as well as course-specific events. Some of my friends had a career day dedicated to their degree subject, computer science."
"I got my well paid internship, very close to my home town, through the university. The careers team to student population ratio is very high and the students who tend to complain that 'not enough is done' for them tend not to have sought out help with any real commitment from the university's relatively good resources."
"The careers services are great, but there are not enough jobs advertised for students studying in the field of the arts. This is inefficient because there are mainly business jobs and a lack of importance is given to the arts, which makes it really challenging to find jobs in the creative industry sector (particularly for students who need visas to work in the UK)."
"In my department there is an employability programme that provides information on volunteering or internship posts on a regular basis so you're always informed of new opportunities to gain experience. Personally, I have volunteered as a research assistant helping to conduct psychological experiments, which has given me a good insight into psychological research. There are careers fairs fairly often, though I have personally never been to one."
"The university makes sure to send students emails with the latest opportunities, positions opened and career fair dates. If a student needs help either with their CV or applying for jobs, the careers services is more than happy to help. However, I found the advice I have been given a bit too general and little unhelpful."
"The careers service at Lancaster is very helpful as you can sign up to receive job alerts both locally and for positions when you leave uni. The careers service is quick to respond to emails and happy to help you with anything from writing a CV or taking an interview to finding the career that's right for you. There are even work placements in schools and museums available to provide you with experience if you're interested in the field."
"The careers service is amazing. They have drop-in hours where you can go to receive help with your CV, interview techniques, assessment centres and job applications. There are always employers that come and visit the university, such as the Big 4 accounting firms, Aldi, Lidl and Unilever etc. We also have the chance to do mock interviews with potential employers and mock assessment centres, which are great preparation for job applications. Each degree offered within the management school gives you the chance to do a year in industry as well."
"There's everything including skills workshops, employer fairs, employer-hosted workshops, individual advice and mentoring programmes. Help is definitely there if needed and sought and there is a dedicated internal website regarding upcoming events and job roles as well. Programmes with a placement year are available too where extra help is received on job hunting and work-based learning as well as reflection. Employers vary but the university is well-respected so big names like Unilever, Accenture and PwC are some of the many that visit us."
"If you are proactive then Lancaster has loads of opportunities to help you find a job, think about your career, boost your CV and meet employers. The careers service provides so much including one-to-one appointments, the career mentoring programme, lots of resources, lots of careers fairs and careers presentations and workshops throughout the year. They use a service called TARGETconnect, which is a great resource for finding jobs, advice and work experience. Careers come into departments and offer help and advice too. All you need to be is proactive and you'll definitely be on the right path to where you want to be post-uni. They even have an employment and recruitment service to help you find a job while studying."
"The careers service offers a lot of support for CV and cover letter writing, interview/assessment centre preparation etc and there are numerous careers fairs as well as a website specifically for finding jobs."

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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