University of Essex
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.
"Unfortunately the careers team seems to be baffled by science qualifications."
"The careers advice place is there but needs to be better advertised. There are placement years available and these are good overall."
"The uni has a careers advice centre, but it only really provides assistance in helping you create a CV instead of looking around for openings."
"I've not found them particularly useful but the national careers service has provided me with better advice. I got help reviewing my CV and guidance for improving it. The range of employment options is quite diverse and our opportunities to get a job after finishing studies are high."
"The careers service provides drop-ins and booked appointments. This year, the services were timetabled in and included CV talks and interview techniques that were especially useful for my course."
"We have a careers and advice centre that has specific employability days where professionals and potential employers come in to answer any questions students might have. These potential employers come from top graduate employers such as Enterprise, HSBC etc. We also have an award at Essex called the Big Essex Award that shows the type of extracurricular activities you have done while at university."
"There is plenty of support to find internships, jobs and placements."
"There aren't enough decent careers fairs on campus."
"There is a job fair once every three months and a careers support centre."
"I have tried to seek help from the employability and careers centre, but they weren't able to give me much more advice than I could find on Google. I've also been to many careers fairs, they seem good but most conversations and advice are very general and not specific to you as a person."