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What is Handshake?

Handshake is an early careers network and careers management platform which allows our students and graduates to discover employers and opportunities, submit applications, and attend career fairs and other events.  

Handshake makes it easier for our sudents and graduates to find the jobs they are looking for and makes it easier for employers to recruit our students and graduates.

All Student Employability and Academic Success (SEAS) staff should have a 'Career Services' Handshake account (please contact Ges Hughes if this is not the case).  This account will allow you (via your staff credentials) to login to the back end of the system and to create a student view associated with that account in order to best help our students with their enquiries as we move forward with the Handshake rollout. 

All staff have been set up with basic access but this can be upgraded as required on an individual basis.

To access Handshake please visit and log in via the 'Current Students' option using your University of Exeter staff single sign-on details.

To switch between your 'Careers Services Account' and 'Students Account' click on your name (top right) and then 'Switch Users'.

If you are in a student or graduate support role and you would like to view the student or graduate's profile as they see it, you will need to be in the 'Current Students' view.

We allow staff who are working with students to access Handshake in order to help them assist students, e.g. see what events they might recommend to students. If you are a member of staff who wants access to a 'student view' in order to help students then you can create an account as follows.  

Please note: content on the system, such as events, are for students and graduates only.   

  • Visit 
  • Click on Sign up here (accounts are only pre-created for students, so you will get a message saying 'there is no account on file' don't worry that's normal!)
  • Enter your staff email so we can verify you are a member of staff  
  • Follow through the screens
  • Where it asks for your date of birth/previous educational establishment -enter the word 'Staff'

If you are a member of staff who is a graduate and wants access for your own needs as a graduate then please visit for information about accessing your account.