University of Southampton
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 does a drop-in to help with CV and cover letters, which are extremely helpful, and they are very supportive and give good advice. They also put on regular workshops and presentations about how to improve your chances of getting a job etc. At the start of uni you're assigned a personal tutor who you can go to for help on future careers, they can also help to make sure your CV or cover letter fits well for your subject. There are regular careers fairs for you to find out more about a wide variety of jobs or have a go at networking. Southampton also runs an Excel internship programme that offers paid internships from trusted employers."
"There are drop-in sessions for improving your CV, which I've used extensively. There are constant career fairs for people to visit and talk to companies and I get constant emails from the uni advertising internships and graduate jobs."
"The uni offers programmes like the Business Innovation Programme, which is a student consultancy project along with Excel Southampton Internships that are exclusive to Southampton students."
"The careers service definitely tries hard and is easy to access and contact. However, being a chemistry student, there often aren't really internships and placements offered for my area. We get weekly emails of new ones on offer but most of the time they are to do with marketing or some sort of engineering."
"There are many training opportunities offered by the careers service that cover things like CV writing, interviews and so on. There are also various careers fairs organised throughout the year with many employers present who are happy to have a chat with the students and tell them about the opportunities they offer. There are placements on offer at the university, both throughout term-time and during holidays, but students can also seek to do their own placements that they heard of somewhere else."
"I attended a number of employer presentations and careers fairs, attended CV workshops and assessment day workshops that were all very well thought out and run by the careers department. It's an under-utilised and unappreciated service but I rate them very highly. I have secured a job post-graduation and thank them for this."
"My course has 40 weeks of compulsory placements in clinical settings. There are a lot of internships and summer placements available to students and these are easily found. The careers service is great at helping students to apply for different opportunities and are quite quick in their responses. Various employers recruit at the uni including both subject-specific and broad. Specific course/faculty-related career days are organised often."
"Meetings and workshops are available every week, academic writing sessions are offered for free and module fairs are organised to explain your options. Most days the law faculty emails us with work experience and internship opportunities that we can apply for."
"There are actually many events with opportunities to connect with prospective employers. However, they are more suitable for engineering, management, law and finance students. There are very few opportunities for humanities students."
"They prepared us well in terms of bringing in many companies to the campus and setting up a lot of good meetings with companies. However, they lack in alumni networking and actual preparation for a job, especially an engineering based one, I think. That said, they aren't mandated to teach us what real jobs are like. Overall, though, I think they provide a few good opportunities."
"I constantly receive emails from my uni about fairs and job/internship opportunities. There is a career centre where they help you with CVs, cover letters and other things. I think it's good overall."
"The careers services have been very helpful. Lots of visits from companies selling themselves and lectures/tutorials on CV writing have been very helpful. The careers drop-in service is great for CV writing and/or any other job application questions you have. Although it is down to the students to organise these drop-in meetings."
"Career fairs have been very helpful to get to know possible employers. Great service is received in the CV clinic to improve your CV. Many events are directed at helping you find a job."
"The university has a supportive career service that provides career fairs and CV feedback services."
"The careers service are good. There's a website where you can see all career-related events on campus and book a place to attend them. There are many talks, CV workshops and specific career talks. From my experience this year I recall JP Morgan, KPMG and Linklaters giving talks. There are regular career fairs and there is also a website that lists part-time job opportunities and internships available for the summer."
"I have regularly been to talk to the careers advisors for everything from how to secure an internship to CV advice to which module choices best suit me for my desired career path. They have been as helpful as possible, providing detailed guidance and pointing me to the relevant university publications. I have attended CV checking sessions and been to careers services talks on how to secure an internship."
"Careers services do many events and send a lot of useful information. The employability week is a brilliant initiative. The fairs are also good, there are loads of employers, but mostly UK/US/Canadian-based etc. I wish employers from more exotic/unusual places were represented too."
"It's down to you to be proactive and visit employer presentations and fairs etc. The uni doesn't force you to go to these things. However, all second year law students are enrolled into the employability programme, which does actually force you to think about your future career. Very commendable."