University of Leicester
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 careers service is really useful and offers a wide range of support from the beginning of looking for a career (such as choosing a field) to more specific things such as preparing you for applications or interviews. There's a wide range of employers that come and talk on campus and they give tons of chances to students to find part-time jobs or volunteering experiences. They offer a lot of seasonal internships, graduate schemes and a wide range of volunteering opportunities."
"The uni offers an award to help with employability and a careers service is available. I receive emails on workshops to get involved with to help with skills and my department focuses a lot of time on careers placements that are available on certain courses."
"The careers service is really helpful as there are loads of appointments available each day. However, you have to go to the careers service for help. They don't really send emails to students until the end of third year, which I personally felt was a bit late and I think that it would've been more beneficial if they'd started to contact students at the start of second year."
"I have attended a range of events including employer presentations, interview workshops and one-on-one advice sessions with the careers services that I have found to be of good help to me."
"We have lovely career development staff and employers such as PWC come to campus regularly. A few job fairs pop up during the year and we have a law fair in November that has mixture of firms attending such as Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Bristows and Norton Rose Fulbright etc."
"They host regular events but don't advertise well so it is hard to hear about them."
"The careers service does invite various employers for talks about their companies and opportunities they have. However, I do believe they could be doing more to help students gain work experience in related fields through links with local companies."
"There are always opportunities to network, gain experience and meet potential employers and the university regularly emails us to inform us of these opportunities. You can also sign up for organisations during freshers fair that open up other opportunities."
"The careers service only helps with your CV, cover letters, assessment centres or LinkedIn profiles. It doesn't seem to help students find a placement or work experience per se."
"There are two careers fairs run each year by the careers development service that attract a wide range of employers and provide students with opportunities to talk to them about future career ambitions. The careers service also runs CV sessions and practice assessment centres for those that wish to take part."
"Our career development service does everything possible to expose us to the world of work. They have seminars and career fairs with all the big companies, as well as visits from PwC and KPMG. They arrange alumni talks from previous graduates and activity exercises with CIMA and many companies."
"There is a course that you can apply for called 'Leicester Award'. It supports you to find information about a job, and to get to know how good you are with the skills that are required from employees."
"Wide range of fairs for careers and postgraduate study. Lots of information provided about funding and job sectors including internships, work experience, and year abroad study."
"The careers services here in Leicester are excellent. If you subscribe, you'll probably get 2 3 emails per day telling you about the jobs and meetings of the week!"
"The career development service organises many workshops, but they are mainly focused on technical/scientific/law career outcomes. Less consideration is given to the language/creative fields."
"The careers service provided has been really good so far, but as it is still first year, information and events provided have focused on career paths rather than job preparation (which will start properly next year). I think it's good they do it this way, as it helps to clarify at your own pace which route you want to take before jumping into preparing for/finding a job. It seems to be a good balance of a 'no pressure' attitude and encouragement to explore career paths and opportunities for placements."
"There have been career lectures, opportunities to meet with employers in areas linked to English (publishing, journalism, teaching) and there is a lot of support from the career development service."
"They put on workshops, but they need to be advertised a bit more as I only became aware of these recently."
"Careers service provide support for every part of the application processes from CV, to telephone interview, to psychometric test. They also organise 'festival of careers' where they invite employers from different fields in to talk to us and promote their career schemes. This is in addition to calling in employers throughout the year."
"They offer many services: CV appointments, mock interviews, mock assessment centres. Attract many big employers too such as PwC, Barclays, Mazars, Deutsche Bank etc (I only remember finance related employers because of my course)."