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Frequently Asked Questions

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Handshake is an online network that gives you access to jobs, events and careers fairs. If you're a student or graduate of the University of Exeter, you can use Handshake to:

  • Browse jobs and internships
  • Book places at employer and skills sessions
  • Books places at careers fairs

Learn how to make the most out of your Handshake account here.

My Career Zone Digital is a digital careers resource accessible to students and graduates forever after they leave Exeter.

Whether you are still searching for your dream job or you just want to undertake some professional development within your current role, My Career Zone Digital is the perfect online tool for you.  Within My Career Zone Digital you have access to a wide range of fantastic resources from sector reports, IT and workplace skills e-learning, career assessments, interview simulation, CV and Cover Letter builders, and much more.  My Career Zone Digital is just one of the advantages of being an Exeter alum and having access to Careers Forever! Please read Marie John's (BA Sociology, 2014-2017) blog to find out what tools she has found most useful within My Career Zone Digital.

The Exeter Award will help you develop a range of skills, enhance your employability and boost your CV.

The Exeter Leaders Award will help you reflect on your leadership style and techniques, and set clear, achievable goals for self-development.

Both Awards include elements like skill sessions, sporting and musical activities, work experience and mock interviews. The Awards are recognised by employers, and can give you the edge in applying for jobs.

Take a look at our part-time jobs section, which includes information on how to apply for jobs. If you're searching for current vacancies, login to Handshake and use the search field.  If you are an international student and looking for specific help, please visit our international student pages..

Visit the Help with CVs and applications page this has information about events, resources and other help available. 

Visit the events page in Handshake, and use the search and filter options to find an event you're interested in.

Some events are managed externally, for example by an employer. These will have a button 'External Registration'. Clicking on this button will take you to an external site where you can register. These bookings may appear in your schedule but the actual registration will be in the external system and will be managed by the event organiser who you will need to contact with any queries about the event. 

Where events are run and managed within Handshake then the button will have 'Register'. Once booked you should get an email and notification to confirm the booking and the button will change to 'Registered'. You will be able to see your bookings on the events page, at the link above.  

You can book appointments by speaking to one of our Information Assistants via our Live Chat feature on this webpage. We’ll ask you some questions about your career planning and specific needs and provide the best resources and support available to meet them. We can help you to be prepared for any appointments with quick advice and information. Specific tips are available on the ‘Maximise Your Appointment’ pages. 


Please cancel bookings as soon as you know you will be unable to attend to allow other students to take up these opportunities.  

If you will not be able to attend a careers appointment, contact us and we can cancel your booking.

Many events in Handshake have external booking links so you will need to check your event booking email or notification to check on the process for cancelling your booking. These events have a booking button called - 'External Registration'. If you have confirmed that you booked this in Handshake then the button changes to 'Registered'. If you click on this to cancel then it will take you to the 'External Registration' link. If you have any issues then please contact the external event provider. 

Where events are registered within Handshake (this has a 'Register' button when unbooked) you can cancel events by visiting the event page in Handshake and clicking on the 'Registered' button. This should then change the button to 'Register' once clicked. If you have any problems then contact us.

Contact us

You can contact us via the Live Chat icon at the bottom of this page or you can email

You can search for internships and placements on Handshake, filtering the results to find a good match.

Once you find one you’re interested in, click on it and read the description carefully - it will list all the information you'll need to make the application.

Under 'How to Apply', it will guide you through the application process.

Mock interviews are listed under events and you can find information about how to book them in the event details. Search for Event Type of Mock Interview.

You will usually need to upload a CV before you can book a mock interview.


Have a look at our Global Employability page for information and advice on working abroad.  The Go Abroad section also has useful information. 

Our careers team also offer 1:1 Global Opportunities appointments, therefore please do get in touch should you want to book an appointment.  To get in touch please contact us via Live Chat, via the icon at the bottom of this page, or call +44(0)1392 724493 (all campuses). 


If you're studying Medicine, please get in touch with South West Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education who'll give you specialist careers advice.