Careers and your future

At the University of Exeter, we ensure that the highest priority is given to securing graduate-level employment for you.

We are the university of choice for many career-minded students and employers from all sectors, locally, nationally and from across the globe.

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. Not only will you have access to a range of university-wide employability initiatives, but planning your future career and skills development is also embedded within our degree programmes.

Employers recruit graduates who can show evidence of team working, leadership or who have 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. 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 Penryn 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 94 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 2015

Award winning employability programmes

In 2016 we were runner-up in the 'best university careers/employability service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards, showing contiuing excellence in our careers progression after our employability programmes won the AGR Blue Ribbon Award in 2012 – 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.

Services for students

The Career Zones at our Streatham and Penryn campuses offer help at all stages of your career planning and job hunting. Our professional careers staff 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 here. You can find details on our Career Zone website.

We run a comprehensive programme of events and sessions in Exeter to help prepare you to compete in the jobs market. These include:

  • four annual Careers Fairs attended by around 200 companies,
  • individual guidance interviews,
  • psychometric testing,
  • employer presentations,
  • guidance on preparing your CV and making applications
  • mock interviews, often with employers
  • advice on producing great online profiles and job searching online.

You can also attend fairs covering specialist areas such as Law, the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors and self-employment as well as the Virtual Careers Fair that gives you access to a wider range of graduate opportunities online.

Services offered by our dedicated careers team at the Penryn Campus are based in brand new premises at the heart of campus, but you are also welcome to access all services delivered in Exeter.

Careers services in Cornwall include

  • talks, confidential careers interviews and an extensive careers library
  • group workshops
  • careers events and fairs, including an annual Graduate Careers Fair attracting national, regional and local companies
  • live online webinars on CVs and interview advice.

All students can access online services through the Career Zone website wherever they are located.

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

Contact with employers

The University enjoys superb links with hundreds of international, national and regional companies and organisations, many specifically targeting and offering vacancies to University of Exeter graduates.

We are in the top 20 of Higher Education Institutions targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2012/13 (High Fliers Research).