University of Nottingham
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 very good. It offers general support as well as individual one-on-one meetings. Faculty-based career fairs are held each term."
"Careers couldn't be better. Students have no excuse for reaching the end of their degree and still being clueless about what to do next at Nottingham. There is the Nottingham internship scheme and many opportunities to study abroad. I'm graduating with places on two graduate schemes."
"There are lots of careers fairs. The careers service sends out newsletters and advertises jobs and placements and they were very helpful when I was writing my CV."
"Our careers service is pretty good, as are the fairs we've had. I'd say Nottingham is better than average for employability and gets you thinking about work after uni and work experience you can take from your first year. We also have top employers recruiting from Nottingham, particularly in finance and law. Speaking from a finance perspective, I think Nottingham and the economics and finance society are pretty good in supporting and helping students who are interested in the finance sector."
"There are lots of internships displayed during Easter and Summer, as well as speakers coming throughout the year."
"The careers service helps you a lot with writing CVs and interview prep etc. It would be nice to have a work placement (just a small, one-module placement) integrated into the course without having to do an extra year in industry."
"The careers service is really good. There are lots of advisers, lots of appointments and useful feedback. We get constant communication about events, employer presentations and skills workshops such as preparing for assessment centres and writing covering letters. I think there are five fairs held on campus including law, business, management etc. All are well attended, with good employers."
"I've been in contact with the alumni network and also there are weekly 'spotlight' events where the university runs a workshop with tips on how to get into a specific industry. Other than that I don't really know much about the employability services my university offers."
"I have used the careers service to check my CV and attended several NAA (Nottingham Advantage Awards) led by the careers service to improve my employability and interview skills. I have found these invaluable. Many top commercial law firms recruit and present on campus."
"The careers service is really good but the fairs don't represent a wide variety of types of law, only commercial which is not helpful if you want to go into another area."
"There are so many things available, including e-mentoring, drop-in mock assessment centres, mock interviews, CV reviews, company seminars to get you introduced to the different organisations that you could apply for and job application help. I think all have been very helpful for me."
"The careers service are always holding events for students to gain an insight into potential careers and also more specific events helping students with job applications, interview preparation and psychometric test practice. The employers that attended the events I have been to have been a mixture of local companies and ones from further afield. A couple of employees representing companies have been previous Nottingham students, so it was really useful to talk to them about how they got to where they are now."
"I have participated in the Nottingham Advantage Award, which is an extracurricular programme consisting of modules preparing you for jobs and increasing your employability skills."
"The university and the department of chemistry provide tailored career advice and support year-round. There are also career fairs every two or three weeks at least, providing all the opportunities one could wish for to find out more about potential employers."
"There's a careers fair as well as a professional development module in the first year and talks from different companies. All this has increased my understanding and helped me plan my future."
"They have a lot of job fairs on campus. One thing I think they could improve are their year abroad links. The year abroad is a great opportunity to gain work experience in the field in which you want to work but a lot of the jobs they offer are for teaching English and not everyone wants to be a teacher."