University of Surrey
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.
"There has been no chance for me to meet a careers advisor. I have also not had any help with finding a placement for my third year."
"Many courses recommend summer placements and industrial placement years and have good links with industry. The civil engineering course provides a scholarship to eligible students where they are paired with a company upon joining the course and commit to a number of summer placements, an industrial year placement and join the company upon graduating providing both parties are happy. The careers service is very active at the university and there are many events for students to see the jobs and experience that is on offer. Placements abroad are encouraged and are available for most courses. Placements include charity work and contracting and consultancy experiences."
"The careers service centre offers a lot of support for students about to enter the UK labour market ranging from CV checks, interviews and online tests. You only find out how effective they are once you have used the services they offer."
"There are great opportunities for work experience and placements as the university has lots of industry connections."
"The careers service can help with anything from reviewing CVs to mock interviews. There is an online portal with more than 400 placement offers."
"There are regular events and talks held by external employers including Sky and Teach First to help improve employability skills and awareness about opportunities once you have graduated. Taking a placement year during your studies is also highly promoted at our university and was actually a compulsory aspect of my course. The University of Surrey has over 2300 placement partners worldwide. Coming back from placement year, I feel I have built professional connections and developed my employability skills, which will ultimately help me find a job once I graduate."
"My year had a placement course in London. The uni could perhaps have done more to help us search for placements but it was a fantastic opportunity overall. There are a lot of recruitment days for all schools on campus, whether it's graduate jobs or part time."
"The uni holds career fairs and has amazing placement links, both paid and unpaid, with some even being abroad."
"The careers service is good but the alumni network has been virtually non-existent, at least to me. Good placements are available and abundant for those who look long and hard enough for them."
"The careers service guided me through my CV structure and provided me with extensive material on good employers and sent regular emails to me with job openings."
"There are quite a few careers events with many representatives from big name brands coming down to recruit and talk about law, science, maths and all courses really. Careers services offer mock interviews catered to your job category. They're very helpful."
"I'm currently searching for a placement for next year and I feel the careers service has prepared me very well for this search."
"We get annual recruitment fairs and the careers service helps with interview skills and CVs. We get lots of talks and employers that visit the uni regularly."
"There are plenty of fairs to help you find a variety of different types of jobs including a summer job, an internship for Easter or a graduate scheme. The careers centre is very useful in helping with CVs and covering letters."
"Not much is geared towards the arts subjects and careers fairs always seem to take place on Wednesdays so, if you are a member of a sports team, then it can be tricky to attend them. I highly recommend taking a placement in the third year as it was the most beneficial thing I did in terms of learning about the 'real world' working since being here."
"I am highly satisfied with the careers service of my campus. They hold recruitment and internship fairs twice a year in a huge marquee as well as small networking sessions with alumni that are department specific. I have found a graduate role for myself via a connection I made in one of those network sessions."
"My degree offers a sandwich course where I get to do a year of industrial work and I think that this has helped a lot with my portfolio. Also, the careers service holds career days where employers visit and students can check them out and find out the requirements to get into that employment. There are also CV workshops and presentations to help students know what to include and what not leave out in a CV. Some presentations prepare people for interviews with companies."
"I undertook an industry placement that has greatly boosted my employability skills. The university offers CV checks, invites guest speakers, holds career fairs and advertises part-time and graduate vacancies. Also, there is a Unitemps office on campus that hires students."
"My department gives us the chance to apply for a scholarship that pairs us with a company that provides placements and work every summer, as well as potential jobs following graduation."