eXfactor Testimonies - see how Sarah Warren, Monika Kirova, Evangeline Lloyd, and Imogen Groome benefited from taking part in eXfactor

AGR Awards for eXfactor in 2012: 'Best of the Best' and 'Graduate Development'

Exeter Award: Click for more information or to register for the Award.

eXfactor: employability and professional development day

eXfactor is an award-winning course developed with you in mind - the first of its kind across all UK universities!

eXfactor aims to get you to start thinking about what motivates you, what your interests and values are, the skills set you already have and what you need to develop in preparation for graduate level employment or further study.

eXfactor is designed so that you will be able to make the most of your time at the University, by gaining voluntary work, work experience and work placements, participating in clubs and societies and in many other activities. We will help you start the process of unpacking and reflecting on these experiences so that you can make the most effective use of them to gain a foothold in the career that you want when you graduate.

eXfactor has recently been recognised for its outstanding contribution to preparing students for the world of work after graduation. It has recently won the 'Preparing Students for Employment' award, as well as the AGR's 'Graduate Development' award and the Blue Ribbon ''Best of the Best''. This is the first time a university has won all three awards and is a notable achievement for the University of Exeter.   

Who takes part?

As a first year student at the University of Exeter, your College requires you to take part in this interactive course. You will find your discipline's eXfactor session scheduled in your timetable, though dates only can also be found here.

If you have any queries about your timetabled session, please check with your College Employability Officer - visit the eXfactor FAQ section for further info. 

Who delivers eXfactor?

It is led and facilitated by professional consultants and University staff.

Why is it important?

The student and graduate labour market has never been more complex in terms of the opportunities available. eXfactor is designed to give you an understanding of a variety of attributes, beside the ‘good degree’, that are commonly sought by employers and will help you start the process of reflecting on them and articulating them to potential employers.

It will also provide you with the opportunity to examine and reflect on your self-awareness, your skills and your future career.

What will I learn?

Various experiential learning activities will take place over the day. You will be working in a group on a variety of tasks to:

  • Investigate the ways in which you can acquire a variety of skills and a experiences, including work experience, during your time at the University to help you succeed in the world of graduate recruitment/further study
  • To start the process of exploring the possibilities for graduate level employment/further study
  • Analyse the range of competencies, experiences and behaviours graduates employers value, and why they value them
  • Critically reflect on how the knowledge, skills and experiences you can gain can be successfully translated into the graduate recruitment and selection process

eXfactor counts towards the Exeter Award as part of the 'two elements of your choice' section. eXfactor will appear on your Exeter Award profile when you register for the Award.

We listen to your feedback about the programme and develop the course accordingly - you can see some of the ways we enhanced the course for 2013/14 here (about halfway down the page).

For specific instruction on Career Management skills such as CV writing and completing applications forms, please see The Exeter Award Skills Sessions available to book via My Career Zone.

Additional information: 

Lunch is provided on both campuses via the use of eXfactor vouchers: the Kitchen DeliKitchen Cafe and The Terrace Restaurant in Devonshire House, in Streatham, Exeter, provide a varied menu to meet the needs of all students. In Penryn, Cornwall, The Stannary Restaurant provides the same for participants.


The eXfactor has helped me to decide which career path I would like to follow; hugely useful day!

Geography student, 2013/14

The eXfactor is a great initiative for students as it gives them the opportunity to focus on the key employability skills all employers are looking for. The content really focuses on the key skills students need outside of their department of study, and by participating straight away in their first year, gets them thinking about these things before they start applying for jobs.

Bethany Foote, Senior Graduate Recruiter, Accenture 2013/14