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.


"Purple Door, the careers team, are a great help, especially with CVs, business start up help and local jobs. They could improve by advertising jobs in other British regions as well as the South."
"The careers service advertises job opportunities (part-time and course-related) and offers assistance with job applications. The placement and internships centre is really helpful for students who are interested and there are events and workshops on employability both per course and in general."
"The university has a dedicated facility where students can get careers advice and support. I had support from staff to help me with the creation of my CV and also with my cover letter."
"The university really pushes the option to take a placement year, which I am currently undertaking in the business sector. There is so much help and advice available for applying to placements and internships through the 'placement and internship centre', but also lots of advice through the 'careers and employability centre' for enhancing your CV and looking for potential career paths. The careers service also holds an employment fair where you can go and talk to potential employers about grad schemes, placements and internships."
"The people at the careers centre are very helpful. I've received advice on my CV and gone to workshops. The creative careers centre has helped me to look for internships and they help some people find placement years. The creative careers fair last year was also interesting and it would be good if they had this sort of thing more often."
"I had help with CV writing and applying for an internship with Hampshire Fire and Rescue. There are opportunities for placements with Hampshire Constabulary for an internship in digital imaging, CSI, fire investigation and a few other positions."
"There is a specific service that is provided for students even after gradation. There's also a department in each course that helps with placements and other job-related activities. There have been many people who have come and given talks representing their company and the university has hosted networking events to boost networks and the alumni network."
"I've had my CV looked over by someone from the careers service and was given guidance on how to make the ideal CV as well as tips on what to do in interviews. We have a careers site where we can log in and search for jobs that include volunteering, part-time work, full-time work, summer internships and placements. There are various employers that come in occasionally such as IBM and Enterprise etc. We've had alumni events where former students, who are currently working in different parts of the industry from government to aerospace, attend."


"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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