University of Exeter
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.
"The Exeter award is an opportunity to expand your employability and is available to all students. Similarly, the Career Zone runs various workshops on a constant basis to encourage people to improve their interview and application skills."
"I have a form tutor who has helped by discussing essays with me. This was especially useful at the beginning of the year as I was really struggling with writing essays. My statistics teacher sent very clear and very helpful emails when I had questions on past papers. There are a lot of courses to help with employment that appear to be very useful. The uni also offers employment services and it's very easy to set up an appointment. They helped me to reorganise my CV so I had an easier time finding a part-time job during the summer."
"The careers service is great. I have been a few times and they help put you in contact with loads of useful alumni as well as providing information about job applications etc. Even if you don't go off your own back, everyone has to take part in an employability event, which I found really useful and perhaps great for those less motivated too."
"There is a specialised service for students on campus called Career Zone, which helps you with jobs during your studies at university and also supports you for up to three years after graduating. They offer a range of schemes and internships for students to increase their experience and credibility and also help with anything from CVs to presentation skills. They also incorporate their schemes into different faculties and even give lectures to help students with information on finding internships. They have a mentor scheme where graduates from the university help current students, this also helps in terms of networking for the future."
"There are many employer presentations from business, banking, law and engineering sectors. The career zone in Exeter is very helpful for everyone at different stages in their career, they are there to support you in writing your applications, resumés and cover letters."
"I've had quick CV check sessions and there have been lots of different career fairs. I've also taken part in the Green Consultants Programme, which gave training and experience about sustainability consultancy and auditing and has really enhanced me as a candidate for a job."
"The university has set me up with an internship that I've already completed and I'm only in my second year. They also support years abroad in industry and students can always pop into the career zone to talk about jobs. There are very often talks from employers that people can attend to find out more about various sectors."
"The careers services have provided various resources such as helping me to rewrite my CV and cover letters as well as giving general advice and helping me to find part-time work. Workshops are always available including one I recently took that helped me to relook at maths for interviews. The uni provides compulsory workshops at the beginning of freshers to help you get started and learn about the facility and options open to students."
"Lots of support. There's a dedicated career zone within the forum in the centre of campus that helps with CVs, local jobs and placements etc."
"The careers office is extremely useful for organising workshops and teaching skills for interview. The academic subject offices also do their part to put you in touch with people in a variety of fields who you can ask for advice."
"The careers service is very helpful and provides support even after you graduate. On-campus job fairs are quite informative."
"The career zone offers a huge range of skills sessions throughout the year as well as presentation evenings and events with firms so that you can get a taste of what their work entails and whether the industry is something that you might want to go into. Lots of employers come to Exeter, including PwC, Morgan Stanley and Willis. It holds a careers fair once every year for all undergraduates and some colleges offer a similar fair but specifically targeted to its students (a law careers fair for example). The alumni network is quite extensive and they frequently organise events or send you updates."
"I have been made aware of how to improve my skills and go for practice interviews. I also receive weekly emails about jobs and fairs that may be of interest to me."
"The career zone has provided a plethora of opportunities to obtain soft skills and interview skills to make students readily available for the real working world. Employers that come to campus are regularly advertised by the career zone and this is the same for alumni networking sessions and career/recruitment fairs."
"We have big name employers coming to campus all the time and the career zone offers endless support."
"There is so much on offer to help you! You just have to be organised enough to take advantage of it."
"There are always recruiters on campus willing to talk and give careers advice. There is a career zone that alerts you to jobs and work experience opportunities and you can book a one-to-one career appointment to refine your CV. Also, there are career-specific fairs where big names come and offer their time to answer questions about the company and jobs/internships they have available and when/how to apply."
"There are presentations and workshops by companies every week and also career and internship fairs put on frequently. Along with help from the career zone, you can sort yourself out for the future with plenty of information."
"The careers service is incredible, really helpful and full of opportunities and guidance. My course itself is incredibly good at getting you ready for a job and there are job fairs and other opportunities on campus."
"It's easy to set up meetings. I've had very helpful advice regarding my course, CV and internship applications. Career fairs are useful and you can get a lot of good info from them."