University of Reading
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.
"I had problems with a housemate one year and wanted some advice on how to deal with certain issues and the support was helpful at the university. Depending on your course, you are able to do a placement for a year or just a term. If you need help with work experience, the university is there to help with contacts in the area and there are opportunities on campus itself."
"The careers service was very good and the internship scheme it runs is fantastic. It has really helped me to progress and apply my learning, which will aid my applications for placements."
"There are many events to get involved in that can help you with your job applications. For example, the careers services can help you to find a job at the university so that you don't have to travel too far. There is also a 'Red Award' that you can achieve and use when applying for a job."
"We have CV workshops, job fairs and students on placements who come in to present about their experiences. Multiple big companies such as PwC and EY, among others, come and recruit on campus. The alumni network is quite extensive and there are always events being held to connect people."
"There are many careers events and seminars."
"People at the university really do seem to care about your future and career. There are a lot of workshops and informational talks for students who might not be well informed in these areas of life."
"There's a lot of careers advice for a general group of people and the careers team is great if you have specific enquiries about your CV, for example. My tutors have been helpful in giving personalised advice and by putting me in contact with professionals within the industry that I want to work in."
"The Carrington Building offers careers advice, from helping to write a CV to preparing you for an interview by running through potential questions. The university has its own campus job portal, which advertises hundreds of opportunities for students to work on campus. I have become a student ambassador through campus jobs where I take people on guided campus tours when I have free time from lectures. The Carrington Building also holds workshops and seminars to help with skills needed for future careers and jobs fairs are regularly run by the university. The university has a website that lists all of the work experience, graduate jobs and internships available."
"On my course, I have received bespoke career advice with constant support and excellent CV help! My course is very good at job opportunities."
"The careers service runs CV workshops, mock interviews, career-related events and talks to help you in the world of work."
"The careers service is second to none. They help in every way they can and you can use them for a year after you graduate. I completed the RED award with them and have had interview prep sessions and CV workshops. They gave good advice on getting a job post graduation. Every year there are several career fairs, which are excellent, with a variety of employers. There is a special one just for law students."
"Placement advice and help have been fabulous. Lots of contact and support. Not so much graduate job help but I did not actively seek that so it might have been different if I had."
"Lots of encouragement and support for jobs and placements. I'm always informed about any relevant fairs and company sessions."
"I get regular emails from the careers centre and there is special career help tailored to each school, including a placement adviser. I also get talks from guest speakers as well as individual feedback on job aspirations and lots of general talks."
"We have had lots and lots of careers events ranging from employing firms coming in and talking to us, to CV workshops, to an actual module entitled 'career development'."
"I have had career management sessions included within some of my lectures, which was very helpful and connected us with the careers team if we needed any extra advice."
"The university has a job shop available with trained professionals to read and help you improve your CV, help you craft a cover letter and practise interview techniques. Personally, this was a big help to me in finding a job. As for graduate jobs, there is a lot that is done to help students find routes into various sectors. Many large companies come in and hold workshops!"
"Help with CVs and job applications. There is a job office in the department and it's very helpful. Jobs are posted online and to Facebook."