Student uses tablet in careers and employability centre

  • 11 November 2019
  • 3 min read

Are you in your final year? Perhaps the time has come where you are starting to think about applying for graduate roles. Don't panic, we are here to help.

Our top tips to get you started

1. Take a look at Prospects

If initially you’re not sure about your options once you graduate, then the Prospects website offers a great starting point. Their Job Match quiz takes just ten minutes to complete and considers your interests, strengths and skills before offering you a breakdown of job groups that match your responses.

2. Explore our career guides

We have a range of information that allows you to explore getting into your chosen sector. From working with children and young people to transport and logistics, our career guides offer handy tips and links to relevant resources to support you in getting your job search underway.

3. Access our Researching an Employer guide

Stuck on what information you should be looking for about employers to support your applications? We have put together our top tips on gathering information about employers and where to do your research.

The knowledge and understanding you gain through your research will help you to target your applications, perform confidently at interview and show that you have a genuine interest in working for the company. We have also provided advice and examples to help you target individual employers and demonstrate your interest and motivation.

Access our guide to researching employers.

4. Use LinkedIn to kick-start your employer research

LinkedIn offers a great resource to research a wide range of organisations that you are interested in, with the opportunity to follow them. This will enable you to stay in the know about the latest news and job opportunities as they become available.

Aim to be creative and have fun carrying out your research so that you can navigate how best to approach the company for a graduate opportunity when you are ready. For more information see our guide to LinkedIn and social media.

5. Get booked in for a Final Countdown appointment!

If you’re in the final year of your course and you’re starting to think about your options and your job search strategy then join us for The Final Countdown!

We recognise that your final year can be a busy time, with coursework deadlines to meet and student life to make the most of. But we also want to encourage you to start thinking about your next steps for life after university.

The Careers and Employability Service can offer you support that is personalised to you, your interests and your needs at whatever stage you have reached in your planning.  Booking a 20-minute Final Countdown appointment can help you start on the right track.

Log onto your MyCareer account to book an appointment or call us on +44 (0)2392 842 684 to discuss our service.

Contact the Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service supports you throughout your studies and for up to five years after your graduation.  

Email: careers@port.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)2392 842684

Office hours: Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 5.00pm; Friday, 8.30am – 4.00pm

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