Exeter Award Ceremony

How to achieve the Exeter Award

Getting started

It's easy to sign up for the Exeter Award.

  1. Login to My Career Zone, and select the 'Dashboard' tab to register for the Award.
  2. Use your Exeter Award checklist to see what you've done and what you need to book into.
  3. Bring your student card to all sessions as it will be scanned to register that you have attended the activity.
  4. You have until the end of the summer term in your final year to complete your Award, but you are advised to plan ahead and complete well before then. All compulsory skill sessions are available every term  (not during vacations) and there will be limited places available on the Interview Experience (the final element of the Award) in the summer term.

If you have any difficulties then please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team by asking a question through My Career Zone.

Skills Audit

Before starting the Exeter Award, you might find it useful to complete a Skills Audit Document. This will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses and figure out what personal development areas might be best for you to work on.

Exeter Award Activities

Award progression route

How to make the most of The Exeter Award

When you're thinking about what to do to achieve your Award, assess your interests, prior experience, values and motivation. Try to make your Award pathway fit in with what interests you, as well as using it to address any gaps in your skillset. Use our Skills Audit Document to help identify your current strengths, weaknesses and areas for development.

Take some time to choose the personal development sessions and other opportunities that you will find most interesting and beneficial - don't just jump at the first one that comes up. 

Remember that evaluating your experiences is a key factor in deciding what to do after your graduate. Even if an event convinces you that a certain career isn't for you, this is a really positive step in narrowing down your options.

When you complete your Exeter Award, try and think about what further actions you can take to enhance your professional profile. Start thinking about the sectors you're interested in and what you can do to help the transition into these roles. Consider signing up for the Exeter Leaders Award and further exploring some of the training and development opportunities the Career Zone runs.


Stage one - complete these four steps in any order:

35 hours of volunteering and/or work experience.


This can be any combination of paid work and/or voluntary work.


Please ask a senior colleague for their business details, as you will need to cite them as a reference in your application form.


A CV or application form session

Please note: you can attend both sessions if you wish, and we would encourage you to do so, but you only have to attend one for your Award.


A personal development session

93% of personal development session participants would recommend the session they attended to a friend.

You can choose from a huge range of personal development sessions, which will help you develop vital skills for the workplace. You can find all sessions which count on your Exeter Award checklist.


Two elements of your choice

A huge number of other employability activities run by the University contribute to this section.


You can also access relevant activities through your Award checklist on My Career Zone.




Alternatively you can apply to have other employability activities (that were not booked via My Career Zone) counted towards your Award. See our FAQs for further details. 




Stage two - complete the following mock assessments:

Complete and submit your Exeter Award Application Form


This is a mock graduate-level job application form. It will help you understand how to articulate your skills and meet the kinds of criteria that employers list on job specifications.


You will receive formative feedback on how you could improve your application. If you do not provide sufficient detail, we may ask you to resubmit your form before we approve it.


Please note: it is good practice to compose your answers in word processing software and copy and paste them into the application form when ready. This will help avoid errors like premature submission.


We aim to mark forms within two weeks but at peak times this could take longer.


The Interview Experience


This is the final stage of the Award, consisting of an interview skills workshop plus a short mock job interview with an experienced interviewer (normally a University staff member).


You will receive comprehensive feedback to help you work on your interview technique.


98% of students said attending the Interview Experience improved their confidence, helped them develop interview skills and helped prepare them for graduate level employment.



Completing The Exeter Award is a pre-requisite for registering for the Exeter Leaders Award. However, there is nothing to stop you attending Leaders Award activities in readiness – they will then show as completed in your Leaders Award profile when you register. See our FAQs for more information.

The components set out above are to be viewed as an indication of the criteria and level of commitment required to complete The Exeter Leaders Award and the University, Students' Guild and FXU reserve the right to change this structure in part or full at any point without prior warning.