University of Oxford
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.
"There are always careers fairs going on and you can easily get an appointment at the careers service to go over your CV, get advice or apply for internships."
"I receive daily information from the careers service about job opportunities and internships. I recently did a teaching internship and have seen lots of science and research internships available."
"There have been many corporate events and careers fairs as well as the emails received from the careers service."
"The University of Oxford internship programme is excellent, as is their student consultancy programme and micro-internship programme. The careers service is quick to respond and very helpful."
"There are many different types of internships (ranging from a couple of weeks in length to several months) available from the careers service and it is quite easy to book a time to meet with an adviser to discuss your options. Regular advertisements make it clear what internships or jobs are currently being advertised for soon-to-be graduating students. There is an alumni network, which I have benefited from, but this tends to be on a college basis rather than a university-wide service."
"I have been to numerous careers service events led by industry leaders, including dinners funded by companies (Clifford Chance and McKinsey, to name a couple) and I have only just finished my first year. The Oxford internships hub online is also an excellent resource with placements advertised worldwide from both big firms and innovative start-ups with unique ideas."
"Work placements are plentiful and easy to find, especially in the UK but also internationally. They can be quite diverse: from specialist internships that have to do with your subject, to charity work in many countries. As for a career, the careers office and alumni events at your college/department can be really valuable in making you understand the realities of a job/career and aiding you in finding a position."
"The PhD prep stuff is great but not so good if you want to go straight into the workforce. I feel quite under-prepared, especially compared to friends elsewhere. Some tutors lost interest in me completely (no replies to emails etc) once I decided not to pursue a PhD straight away."
"The careers service has done talks in the department for future jobs in science and run courses on CV writing and applications for postgraduate study. We're very good for law recruitment but not so good in other fields. We have brilliant alumni who are always happy to help (people often go quite far in their field so they're very helpful). Micro internships are offered by the university and consist of a one-week intensive internship to fit around term time. They sound very good and competitive so must be worthwhile. The college works to get speakers in from different fields (eg the civil service) to do talks."
"The university offers a wide range of summer placements and opportunities internally and with a large network of collaborators. There are also loads of careers fairs and support for final-year students."
"The careers service have been SO helpful. From running regular talks and workshops, to being able to book 20 minute individual appointments to discuss anything you need. They publish their events weekly in an email newsletter and you either sign up online or just turn up. The careers fairs generally happen at the start of the first term (Michaelmas) and are as intimidating as you would expect. There are specific fairs for law, finance, consulting, teaching, maths etc which I found very helpful, though there are arguments that careers outside the obvious can be under-represented. The lack of obvious campus probably puts us at a disadvantage for a lot of recruitment strategies but the college alumni networks can be very effective, depending on college. Departments can also be very useful, even for careers not directly related to your subject."
"The career centre in Oxford is excellent; they have free, all year round, one-to-one consultations and an extensive network of job and internship opportunities. They also have a net of alumni, free practice for interviews, and a number of free courses focused on busting specific skills. They also run a number of careers fairs for almost any sector during the academic year."
"There are drop-in sessions to help you with your CV and cover letter, and they do provide you with templates and information and they offer programmes that help you develop. But I would say sometimes the events put on by the societies are often more helpful and diverse, where they would invite speakers from different companies to give talks and presentations."
"The careers service at Oxford is great. The staff are incredibly helpful and motivated to help you find a job. They offer a huge range of workshops, networking events, talks etc to help you think about your career. Every week there is at least one employer-led event so you definitely have the opportunity to meet directly with employers before applying which is a big bonus. Given the prestige of the Oxford brands you get most of the big firms from different sectors coming down to run events and hold workshops for potential graduate hires."
"The careers service is great, they do lots of CV clinics and have a great email system to alert you to internships in your area of interest. Also, student run career-based societies of the university hold many events which are great for insights in to different careers, getting many prestigious firms to come and speak. There are ample opportunities for us to take with regards to preparing for a future career."
"I use the careers service when I'm looking for internship opportunities. I took part in the springboard programme for the professional development of female undergraduates run by our careers service and it was a brilliant experience that allowed us to network, work on our skill sets, learn from the experiences of others, and learn more about how to navigate the world of work."
"Careers service seems effective and helpful but they need to try and publicise themselves more, especially within colleges themselves. There is almost no contact with employers on campus except for TeachFirst. There are fairs once or twice a year but I would recommend they be more often so that when you miss one you don't miss out that year. I've had no contact with alumni whatsoever."
"Very focused on banking, and corporate life in general. Not much support for 'careers beyond profit'."
"In first year, there is not as much support as it is not of as high importance. But in second year, I know the careers service advise you with your CV and help you apply for internships taking place in the summer between your 2nd and 3rd year."
"Careers service advertises internships every year, which meant I could go to Korea, then Japan on research internships two summers in a row. Lots of careers fairs too."