Applying and Competing
I am ready to apply for graduate level/professional opportunities
- Written resources for all stages of the recruitment and selection process
- Speculative Applications – Targeting companies that meet your career criteria e.g. Sector, region, preferred style/culture of organisation can be an effective way to open up opportunities for graduate employment, work experience, work shadowing and academic projects. The Fame Database holds information on 3.8 million companies in the UK and Ireland which can be filtered by postal region, number of employees and industry type to identify possible companies specific to your interests. The style of writing needed to attract attention and develop connection may need some practice – check out Speculative Applications, University of Oxford and Speculative Applications, The Careers Group, University of London for ideas on how to get the most from your speculative applications.
- Training and Events
- Services for Graduates
- Graduate Jobs
- Graduate Schemes
- Job Vacancies By Occupation
- Professional Institutions – Some professional institutions advertise graduate opportunities
Seeking Professional Support:
Careers advice & guidance – If you are ready to create an action plan, you may find it useful to meet with a Careers Consultant to discuss your ideas and begin to identify key dates and deadlines relevant to your interests to keep you on track and reduce the chance of missing out on opportunities available.
I am ready to apply for further study
Whether you know what further study you want to go on to, or need help deciding the best path for you, our Choosing postgraduate study webpage has a wealth of information to help you make an informed decision.
I have been applying for opportunities and so far I have not been successful
Unfortunately it is a very competitive market out there but it is important not to get disheartened; it may be the case that you just need a small tweak here and there to tip you over the edge. Our careers team offer some great support around the keys skill required to achieve your dream job. Please have a look at our job application section of our website for resources around Application forms, CVs and covering letters, Interviews, Psychometric testing and Assessment centres. Although there is a wealth of literature on our website and through My Career Zone, please don’t be afraid to pop in to your local Career Zone for a face-to-face chat with one of our team to see where you might need some help.
I have already secured a graduate job, postgraduate study/research or business start-up opportunity
Congratulations! Now that you have secured employment or postgraduate study, be sure to self-promote via your LinkedIn account, which will help with future career progression. If you want any support or advice around making the most out of your LinkedIn profile, there are online webinars, LinkedIn lab workshop, and one-to-one appointments available, all bookable via My Career Zone.
Finally, please remember that the University of Exeter’s career service is available to alumni 3 years after graduating.