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eXepert Scheme (Careers Q&A)

The eXepert scheme is simple way to connect you with our University of Exeter alumni, to answer your careers questions, via a short email exchange. 

  • We have over 4500 alumni signed up to the eXepert scheme, undertaking a variety of job roles and from a huge range of organisations, sectors, and countries. 
  • You don't need to have a set career in mind, just a desire to gather more information and gain insight into careers you are considering.
  • You can ask almost any sort of careers related question (examples below)
  • You can apply as many times as you like!
  • There is no long term commitment, objectives, training, preparation or feedback needed to participate in this scheme.
  • Just fill out our quick and easy eXepert application form (in term-time only) and you can be introduced to alumni within a matter of days. Our only requirement is that you respond to the introduction as soon as possible and within 3 days.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the roles they are undertaking, we are unable to put eXepert applicants in contact with alumni who work in Intelligence connected to National Security. 

  • Current students (all levels of study, located both in the UK or on international placements)
  • University of Exeter Alumni (up to three years after graduation, located anywhere in the world)
  • Any graduates recruited through the Graduate Business Partnership (GBP) scheme.  

Applications are open term-time only. To apply for the scheme please click here

When applying, we advise that applicants try and provide as much detail as possible in the following areas:

  • profession/job role
  • sector
  • company or organisation
  • as alumnus that has studied your degree
  • city or country

This will help us during our search to find a close alumni match and help you to get full benefit from the opportunity.

Here are some suggestions of what you could ask alumni:

  • How was your transition from university to work (e.g. what did you experience and what should I expect)?
  • What was your first job, how did you feel when you started and what did you experience?
  • Job hunting techniques (e.g. best sources to look for relevant vacancies).
  • What are the sector entry requirements (e.g. qualifications, professional training courses, IT skills)?
  • What are the good/bad aspects of profession?
  • Would you like to share any difficult experiences at work and how did you resolve them?
  • What are your proudest career achievements - how did the opportunities arise and how did you accomplish the tasks?
  • What are the top 3 skills needed for someone to succeed in the industry?
  • Can you recommend any potential networking opportunities (e.g. meetings, trainings, sector events) where I may make my own contacts for further careers advice?

The eXepert scheme is a way of gathering useful career and sector information directly from working professionals - an opportunity to ask  alumni for information to help you make informed career decisions.

eXepert is not an opportunity for you to ask alumni for any kind of "favour" for example a job, work experience, an internship, industry contacts, to attend a meeting or any kind of event, or for funding an opportunity. Information about finding internships and jobs can be found elsewhere on our website. 

  1. We use the information in your application form to search our database for alumni who may be willing to help.
  2. We will contact two alumni on your behalf, and if they agree to help, we will put you in touch via email for you to ask your careers questions.
  3. It is then your responsibility to take the lead in communication – we expect applicants to email alumni within three days of being put in touch - to ask your career questions, respond to replies and to thank them for helping you.

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