University of Portsmouth

Careers services

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.


"Drop in careers service for law students every week. Purple Door provide great support, helping with CVs an cover letters. They also run mock interviews. There's a wide range of employers at the careers fairs, which are organised for every discipline group with local and national firms. Mentoring schemes are also available."
"There are many fairs to attend for jobs either part time or as a future graduate. Also, there is a website which is really helpful and sends you jobs that are part of your criteria."
"The support from the careers department involves weekly emails which detail vacant posts should a student wish to obtain part time work."
"They helped me to have a good CV and cover letter, and to make them relative to my course or company I was applying to. They arrange a mock interview to get ready for the actual one. Also, they inform you of industries/companies who want to offer placements online on the Moodle site."
"We have Purple Door, which offers careers advice even after you graduate. Everyone who goes in seems to come out with a job even if it is part time. On our course we also have a graduate skills unit, in which we learn about all different aspects of using this degree to get a job afterwards."
"Your course alone does not do everything to prepare you for a career. However, non-academic activities you take on really propel you and develop your skills to get into your desired field. Purple Door (our careers advisors) help you in ways you might not think are available: from reviewing your CV to offering placements in India and China! A large variety of employers recruit on campus. It can be a bit overwhelming actually, but there are opportunities to develop in things you like doing, and to experiment in different fields. Recruitment and opportunities are not course specific. The alumni network encourages you to have the confidence to apply for something regardless of whether you get a reply or not. They detail effective strategies and methods that will help you get the most out of your uni experience. Placement fairs, recruitment fairs, and volunteering fairs are held at the beginning of each term; the information and opportunities offered are available from Purple Door all year round and after you graduate."
"We have had endless support from the SPEC office and Purple Door. They offer CV help and also offer a lot of drop in sessions with companies such as Twilight Nights."
"Purple Door helps write CVs, but at career fairs there is a lack of science present."
"The SPEC office at the university are brilliant. They are willing to spend ages with you going through applications and CVs for every job. The Purple Door service holds mock interviews and has links with companies who come in and do the same. They help a lot and with their help and advice I got a placement year role straight away."
"As a first year, I often go to my tutor for support and guidance in post university employment. We often have people that work for volunteering organisations come in and teach seminars, those are useful since employers like people who have had real world experiences. The alumni network we have here can be accessed through Purple Door, they are an on campus job recruitment facility that have contacts in various industries. The university hosts many job fairs on campus throughout the year."

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