University of Cambridge

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

"My college's medical society has an alumni scheme that offers summer placements for preclinical students, but the level of organisation of the individual placements is variable."
"We have an excellent careers service and the alumni network is invaluable."
"We have fantastic careers service events and I have attended many, though the advertising of the careers service could be much better. I'm not sure about placements and work experiences available, but many law firms recruit directly from the university or even from individual colleges."
"The careers service is good, especially if you know what you want to do. There are well-advertised placements abroad and in the UK in a range of areas, especially charity work, business and computing, and banking."
"The careers service helps us to prepare for interviews and find the right job. Also, there are specific careers advisors for engineers, which is useful for summer internships."
"You get a lot of emails, especially in compsci, about opportunities that open across the university and industry. This goes all the way across the spectrum of tech companies from very low-level hardware to very high-level programming tasks and reasoning. The careers fairs are always well stocked and have all sorts of companies in them as well. The alumni network is normally the first thing you come across (with the pre-arrival socials), which shows their effectiveness. The support is exemplary, really."

2016

"Careers support at the university has been excellent. The Careers service are in constant contact via email and other means regarding new employment opportunities. Also, there have been a huge range of careers fairs and events involving a wide variety of noteworthy employers."
"Very good careers service, lots of employer presence at the university. The engineering department in particular."
"Lots of workshops to attend and opportunities to network. I have mainly attended events focused on banking and finance."
"The careers service are excellent and the campus fairs are frequent and extensive."
"Constant well advertised careers events while the careers service offers comprehensive support in the forms of practice psychometric tests and mock interviews."
"I'm only a first year but there are plenty of events put on with panel discussions that I have found useful for educating myself about careers I might want to pursue."
"I've signed up to the careers service, its website is very useful (through it, I've already found a placement this summer). I have yet to appear in person, however."
"Support from career service is awesome as they offer you different kinds of help, such as CV writing."
"The Cambridge careers service is a very useful tool, and I have been to many talks from career professionals. They also have networking events, and a website which allows you to email career professionals directly after the talk."
"There are a lot of career fairs and support. Law firms and corporate firms are the main employers that I've had interaction with, and they are very much pushed, which is great if that is the area you want to go into. There are fairs for subjects and careers in general which are well-received. Many firms take us out to dinner and have on-campus reps which is a personable way to recruit."

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