University of St Andrews

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.

2017

"The professional skills curriculum is helpful and the careers centre also helps when it can."
"The careers service is great but you really have to put a lot of work into it to access the resources. There are also a lot of on-campus recruiting and recruitment fairs. However, because the school buildings are spread out you really have to keep an eye out for events posted online that you might otherwise miss. Each school is also a better resource to use to find work experience directly related to your degree and offers a lot of research projects."
"Lots of firms come and hold breakfasts, dinners, presentations and interview preparation workshops that are all very useful. Each subject has a specific careers adviser to advise students about a wide variety of careers."
"I've found work experience through my department and also through the careers centre in general. They have lots of resources, even if you don't hear much about them."
"There are quite a few placements available and there is a careers centre that you can visit if you're looking for a job."
"There are always jobs and courses for development available at the careers centre. Unfortunately, there are not many in the field of chemistry. There is support provided on how to apply for a job but not much in terms of opportunities. The alumni network has not proved helpful to me so far, unfortunately."

2016

"They are there to support us, but I think more could be done. On-campus recruitment happens primarily at a few careers fairs. However, there are a lot of resources provided for us, especially online."
"There were some careers fairs but none that targeted my field. The alumni network has been weak and the careers centre can be hard to reach."
"Great if you want to work for the Big 4, not so great if you don't."
"I've had a few sessions at the careers centre but they weren't very helpful. I haven't been made aware of other opportunities available."
"If you make the effort to engage with the careers centre, it can be incredibly helpful. There could be more promotion and opportunities for internships offered etc."
"There are constant appearances in lectures to give us advice and workshops offering help on CV writing. There are also alumni connecting events at least yearly."
"The careers centre provides great advice and support when needed. However, more on-campus recruitment activity is desired as not many subject-specific events take place."
"There's a very academic approach, not so much of a vocational one."
"The careers service often comes in and does workshops in our class. These have included a LinkedIn and a CV workshop. We also get regular emails with information allowing us to sign up to further career-boosting activities such as the university award scheme. There was a science careers fair too, and this was very helpful."

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