Careers and your future
At the University of Exeter, we ensure that the highest priority is given to securing graduate-level employment and postgraduate study for our graduates.
We aim to be the university of choice for career-minded students and employers from all sectors, locally, nationally and from across the globe. When you graduate you need to be able to demonstrate how your degree, skills, work experience and commercial awareness equip you for graduate-level work or postgraduate study.
We will help you get an excellent degree and we are committed to offering you an exceptionally wide range of opportunities to gain the graduate-level skills, experience and expertise employers are looking for. Our employability programmes have been named as the best in the country, winning the AGR Blue Ribbon Award in 2012, presented by the top graduate recruiting companies in Europe and beyond – the first time this award has ever gone to a University. This is the ultimate achievement for a university and adds to several other national awards received for delivering outstanding services including work placements, social enterprise support, commitment to the employability agenda and support for student entrepreneurship.
Employers like to recruit graduates who can show evidence of having ‘joined in’, worked as a team, shown leadership or spent time travelling and experiencing new situations and cultures. Everything you do socially, academically and in the work place can potentially make you more employable, as long as you can reflect on your experiences, understand their value and explain their value to someone else. We will help you to identify and articulate these skills to any prospective employer.
Our Careers Consultants and information teams (based in the Career Zones on both the Streatham Campus and the Cornwall Campus) can help guide you through a wealth of information and provide advice and guidance to help match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you.
Six months after graduation 92 per cent of Exeter’s first degree graduates were in employment or further study.* We are proud of our track record of our graduates who have gone on to rewarding and interesting careers and are dedicated to helping our current and future students emulate these successes.
* HESA 2010/11
Services for students
The investment we’ve made in the employability of our students is evident in the creation of the £50 million Forum in Exeter and the £10 million Exchange in Cornwall that house our Career Zones. The Career Zone offers you help at all stages of your career planning and job hunting. The professional careers staff based at our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall will guide you towards making an informed choice of career or postgraduate study and have a wealth of expertise, opportunities and useful resources that you can take advantage of during your time as a student at the University. You can find details on our Careers website.
We run a comprehensive programme of events in Exeter, including at least four annual Careers Fairs which are attended by around 200 companies, individual guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events and guidance on preparing your CV and making applications. There are general events and fairs covering specialist areas such as Law as well as the Virtual Careers Fair that gives you access to a wider range of graduate opportunities online. Widen Your Options Fortnight gives information on career opportunities such as the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors and self-employment. Mock interviews are also held throughout the year, many with employers. These activities will help you to be a more successful student as well as preparing you to compete in the jobs market.
If you’re based at our Cornwall Campus you’ll also have access to a dedicated careers team. Services include talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library all based in brand new premises at the heart of the campus. You can attend careers interviews, group workshops and a variety of careers events and fairs. Students based at the Cornwall Campus are also welcome to access all services delivered in Exeter. There is an annual Graduate Careers Fair held at the Cornwall Campus in the autumn term which attracts a range of national, regional and local companies. Career planning and skills development programmes are developed within degree programmes across all campuses.
Contact with employers
The University enjoys superb links with hundreds of international, national and regional companies and organisations, with many of them specifically targeting Exeter graduates. We are in the top 20 of Higher Education Institutions that were targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2012/13 (High Fliers Research). You’ll have access to thousands of vacancies from employers advertised through the University and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in mock interviews and presentations with employers and meet them face-to-face at our careers fairs.
Exeter offers fantastic opportunities for you to really make the most of your time here and increase your employability through work experience, student business projects and more volunteering opportunities than any other university. Taking advantage of these can really help you to stand out from the crowd when you graduate and compete successfully in the job market.
Baroness Floella Benjamin, Chancellor of the University of Exeter
Getting a job is not just about obtaining a good degree: the skills students develop throughout university shape their employability. Students at Exeter have access to a wide range of opportunities to build their skills and experience alongside their academic studies, and understand how they can transfer these skills into the recruitment market. The Careers Service encourages students to meet local and national employers so they understand what employers are looking for, which is invaluable in an increasingly competitive market place.
Tamsyn Ford, Student Recruitment Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Over the past few years, Procter & Gamble has begun to actively recruit at the University of Exeter. We have been impressed with the calibre of the University’s students, with the willingness of the departments to partner with industry and the great enthusiasm of the students.
Meri Williams, Recruitment Leader for the South West, Procter & Gamble