University of Bristol

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 is a lot of help in terms of careers support for those actively looking for it. The university could do more to encourage students to attend workshops and events and educate them more about the job market. That said, you will always receive support if you want it. In particular, the arts and humanities department is often overlooked when it comes to employment so more could be done to provide information about different career paths when it isn't so obvious from your choice of subject."
"The alumni network was non-existent, but the careers service's workshops and fairs were very useful."
"The university gives out information regarding internships at the beginning of the year."
"Bristol attracts the best employers around, such as Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May and PwC, so I am very lucky to have these opportunities. The careers service is great at assisting you with applying for placements and work experience."
"It's quite good with lots of events going on throughout the year and we're third on Highfliers' rankings for the desirability of graduates. Our alumni network is not used very well as you have to find people yourself through Facebook, LinkedIn and societies. Many of the most prestigious employers don't visit campus."
"The careers service is good and there are a lot of talks you can book on to. However, when there is a job fair or something similar, it is never arts or creative careers focused."

2016

"Careers service staff are enthusiastic and helpful to a certain extent. They offer schemes like the Bristol PLUS award aimed at increasing employability of students, which is great. There are careers fairs where big companies come to meet students and on-campus recruitment activity is pretty high."
"Careers fairs, talks from Bristol graduates and careers service with job adverts."
"The careers service here is good and their website is great. However, there isn't much focus on students before their third year."
"We get the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions but they're poorly advertised."
"We have a unit to help us with interviews and CV writing to give us an insight into interviews."
"Employers at fairs tend to be accountants, IT companies or law firms. However, I haven't taken much of a close look as I'm not in my third year yet."
"The careers service are useful and there is also an industrial liaison office for engineering students."
"Careers service are always communicating and offering advice about my future career, they have been brilliant!"
"I have held numerous positions with the university, which has provided me with great work experience and has allowed me to network. The types of employers the university tends to promote are big corporations with not enough variety to cover what everybody wants. The careers website is very useful."
"There are plenty of workshops from the careers service to prepare you for an interview, job applications etc. This is as well as an award scheme, the Bristol PLUS award, for extracurricular activities. We also have a unit focusing on employability but it is poorly organised with too many students on the course and is therefore not very helpful."

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