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.

2017

"The careers service is small and sometimes has trouble meeting demands."
"There are lots of careers-related emails but very little emphasis is placed on these events by staff."
"The careers service is apparently great but you have to seek their help to get it. There are internships available through the university and the uni also puts on careers events for specific subjects."
"I've never been to the careers service but I know they are available and advertised. I did a year-in-industry placement although there was little support or help in finding it."
"The careers service is very good but you have to actively seek help from them. I think there should be more subject-specific careers advice put on by the academic school so that students are more aware of their options after graduating."
"There are lots of opportunities for career-related developments."
"There are lots of emails but I haven't had any real interaction or talks from the careers services. My department rarely tells us about placements and any work experience that's available and I feel like you have to find it for yourself. There is a science fair once a year but lecturers don't really get involved with it, which I think is a shame because they could advise you on which companies to talk to."

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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