Loughborough 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 university puts a lot of effort into finding careers for the students with events, emails, personal support and chances to go on internships and placements."
"Loughborough encourages students to take a year in industry, which I have done and has helped massively with my skills and search for a job. The careers service is very useful in helping to write CVs, prepare for interviews and assessment centres and develop other key skills. Careers fairs run on both a university-wide and subject-specific basis with multiple events every year. These attract some of the largest companies nationally and globally so are a good way to learn more about each one."
"One of my first year modules 'skills for study, placement and employment' provided me with insight into the working world as well as useful skills and knowledge for preparing for a placement. It is clear that Loughborough has many connections with many companies that would employ Loughborough students. Loughborough has hosted a few careers fairs throughout the year that I have been involved in and there are weekly careers events that Loughborough puts on that include CV writing, LinkedIn guidance and companies that come in to present."
"The careers service was really helpful for me in finding my placement. While I was responsible in actually looking for one, they were supportive in offering CV advice, advertising relevant roles and putting on practice assessment centres to help guide students with what to expect."
"The careers service has been very supportive in helping me to perfect my CV and providing free workshops that include CV and cover letter writing and setting up a professional LinkedIn account. They encouraged me to do the Loughborough University Employability Award, which helped increase my understanding, awareness and confidence on how to build up the skills employers seek. Many placement years or summer internships are on offer at the university for students, offering plenty of opportunities to increase their employability and awareness and direct their careers."
"The careers service does the best it can to support every student and provide a very good service. However, I feel that little is known about some careers and more diverse knowledge on the less well-known careers might be useful. The university is extremely well connected, helps to find hundreds of placements for students every year and works very hard to do so. It's constantly emailing students about new placements open for applications."
"You can get help from the careers office in writing your CV and cover letters. There are also on-site careers fairs and companies come and give lectures on what they do."
"I haven't had much experience with the careers services but what I have had has been good and, in terms of work placements, this is a good university to be at as you can choose to do a year's work placement on pretty much every course."
"I wouldn't have had the same experience at university if it wasn't for the careers services and student support. I wasn't enjoying my course and they helped me so much. They made me do different questions and had meetings that helped me to find what I really wanted to go into. You may not see it for yourself at the beginning but they have many ways to help you find something you really enjoy, which will make your time at university great!"
"Many companies come to explain their requirements to apply for a job and recruit for placements too. These companies include formula one teams, car companies and aviation companies such as Rolls-Royce."

2016

"We have had multiple lectures in a 'professional skills' module. Careers spokespeople have come in to talk about opportunities and what to do. Furthermore, you can opt for regular emails from the careers team who will send job and placement opportunities each week geared towards the course you take."
"The careers service has been a great experience. Massive well done for the team of staff that are responsible. You are presented with different job opportunities on a daily basis. I have met with different employers over the past few months, such as Cisco, BT Sport, FDM, City Insight, and EY to name a few."
"Careers support is really good. They provide individual sessions or group talks on things such as CVs, cover letters, assessment centre practice etc. They're easy to access for any questions you have or practice/support you may need. For example, they helped me to develop my CV's structure and vocabulary through a one-to-one session. There are always some employers on campus. We also have about four or five large fairs per year, which brings in a huge variety of companies."
"Careers services were helpful for me. They run events throughout the year on writing CVs, applying for placements, assessment centres and so on, which I try to attend. I also booked a personal session to have my CV checked, which helped a lot. There are several employers on campus throughout the week, from a wide range of sectors. The majority are finance, banking, retail and engineering, but there are employers from the majority of disciplines. There are a few large career fairs through the year. There is a graduate fair in the autumn and another one in the spring, although those looking for placements can also attend. There is also a career fair for students looking for placements and internships. The fairs host a mixture of large, medium and small companies."
"Careers services provide talks around once a term to inform us about how we can get help and more information. They also helped with placements for those who wanted one. We always have different employers on campus doing presentations. I've also had the chance to take part in practice assessment centres and interviews. Careers fairs are well advertised and often have hundreds of different employers, ranging from government departments, engineering companies such as Rolls Royce, and smaller companies too."
"The career services are incredible. They will help you with your CV and they provide mock interviews and assessment centres with companies. As well as keeping you completely up to date with all the companies on campus and providing many career fairs. My department is also very good at supporting me in finding a placement."
"The careers centre at the university is excellent. I have made use of their CV checking service prior to placement applications and they provided invaluable advice. They also run mock assessment centres and interviews and provide a range of other support services. The careers fair at the university is also excellent with a range of companies well suited to the major degrees run on campus. There is also inter-school support with placement applications, and students are regularly notified when employers are on campus and when job opportunities are advertised."
"Loughborough design school is credited for creating the most employable students that companies seek."
"There are big recruitment fairs during the year. These are mainly focused on academic courses though, rather than creative. There are creative job fairs but they are a lot smaller."
"The placement office has been the most helpful to me. I have had numerous meetings with them about my placement options and receive daily emails informing me of various opportunities. If you ask them to help you, they will do everything they can."

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