Career advice

The Career Zone is here to help you prepare for life after Exeter by answering all your career related enquiries. Whether you have specific questions, like "How do I write my CV?" or "How do I get a career in teaching?" or more general issues such as "I'm not sure what I want to do!" or "How do I find a part-time job?” we are here to offer you advice and guidance.

You can get in touch with us at any time during your course, up to three years after graduation and even if you are a prospective student of the university.

Before contacting us however, we ask that you complete a few steps dependent on the nature of your enquiry.

Before getting in touch:

Job hunting strategiesGraduate work
Consider carefully what motivates you for a career Consider carefully what motivates you for a career
See what internships and work placements are available See what internships and work placements are available
Make sure your CV is up to date and effective  Make sure your CV is up to date and effective 
CV or application checkWork experience / internships
Read our guides to creating CVs and Covering letters See what is available in My Career Zone. 
Prepared a CV and/or covering letter to bring with you Listen to our podcast Internships And Work Experience.
Interview adviceI don’t know what I want to do
Research the role, the organisation and think through what your best selling points might be for the interview. Use Prospects Planner or Targetjobs Careers Report, which will help you think through the first important stages in a structured manner, particularly if you are really struggling with how to get started.
Consider probable interview questions and how you might approach answering them – try to think of a wide range of examples to back up your claims to be a team player, a good communicator etc.
Re-visit your application form or CV and covering letter that you used to get you the interview.
Bring along details about the interview you would like help to prepare for e.g who the interview is with, how long it will be, type of interview (if known). If possible, a copy of the application form or CV you used to get you the interview can be helpful to refer to.
Assessment centresCareer planning
Listen to our Podcast: Assessment Centres Read our web pages on Career Research.
Watch our training videos online: At the Assessment Centre (student login needed)
Psychometric testingPostgraduate study
Read our web page on Psychometric testing. Consider what type of course might be suitable for you by by researching the various options on our Choosing Postgraduate Study web page. 
Self-employmentChanging or leaving your course
Had a look through our section on Enterprise and Self-Employment. Identify the factor(s) that are causing you to consider changing or leaving your course
Set some time aside to consider your preferred course of action and be willing to share your current thoughts
Please read this page.  

Getting in touch

If you still feel that you need further help, there are a number of ways you can get in contact with the Career Zone:

In Exeter

In Cornwall

Once you have made contact with the Career Zone, we can offer you further advice, point you in the right direction for useful resources or book you an appointment with a member of staff.

Careers advice for medical students

If you're studying with the University of Exeter Medical School, please get in touch with South West Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education who'll give you specialist careers advice.