eXfactor Testimonials - see how

Femi Kalejaiye, Eleanor Dodson and Rachel Reed benefited from taking part in eXfactor

eXfactor: employability and professional development day

eXfactor is an award-winning employability programme, tailored specifically to you, your degree and your needs.

The first of its kind across all UK universities, eXfactor aims to help you stand out to employers and develop your own personal skills, so that you can reach your full potential as a graduate. eXfactor will help you think about your best assets, your interests and values, and what you want out of a career- wherever your degree takes you.

What is it?

The eXfactor programme divides students by discipline, so that the experience is specific to you and your subject. The session will take place between 9am-4:30pm on a specified day in the year. Throughout the day you’ll be taking part in experiential learning activities, such as developing your emotional intelligence, decision-making and learning how to promote yourself to employers.

Where possible, we aim to provide a guest speaker who will conduct a half hour Q&A session with the group. The speakers will usually be Exeter alumni or representatives of companies or organisations that are relevant to your discipline. This is a unique opportunity for you to network with people who can give you guidance, recommendations and new ideas about how you might like to use your degree after university.

Why is it important?

Graduates today are facing an increasingly competitive and complex job market and we want to help you stand out to employers- be it through gaining job application skills, doing work placements or taking part in societies. Don’t be put off if you haven’t started thinking about life after university yet- eXfactor aims to kick-start your career planning by encouraging you to think about yourself, your interests and explore a range of career opportunities.  

Additional information: 

You will find your discipline's eXfactor session scheduled in your timetable, though dates can also be found here. If you have any queries about your timetabled session, please visit the eXfactor FAQs.

eXfactor counts towards the Exeter Award. eXfactor will appear on your Exeter Award profile when you register for the AwardFor specific instruction on Career Management skills such as CV writing and completing applications forms, please see The Exeter Award Skills Sessions available to book via My Career Zone.

The programme is led and facilitated by professional external consultants, the University's careers consultants, and other Career Zone staff.

We listen to your feedback about the programme and develop the course accordingly. See how we responded to last year's feedback here: eXfactor - You Said We Did.

Lunch is subsidised on both campuses. You will each be given a voucher to the value of £4 which can be redeemed at selected restaurants on campus: Comida, Pieminister, The Guild Shop and The Terrace in Streatham and The Stannary and Koofi in Penryn, Exeter. Water is available either in or close to the rooms where the sessions are being held - please bring a refillable water bottle.

Part of the day will include a research activity and we would encourage you to bring your smart phone or IPad (or similar) with you for this if you have one, but this is not a requirement.

eXfactor fits into the University's Education Strategy

'The day was very informative and useful, giving me a lot more to think about when I consider my future career and how to view a CV/interviews. I now have a few more options that I know I can look into whereas, before, I was very unsure of how to approach even thinking about my career.'

CLES Student 2017

It was extrememely useful in terms or information as well as motivation! As soon as I care away I signed up to employer talks and signed up to the Exeter Award... I have now nearly completed it, only some work experience left to gain which I will do over Christmas! [sic].

CEMPS Student 2017/18

'[eXfactor was] really good, I learned about the different avenues one can take to teach as well as volunteering work that can help me stand out from other applicants when applying for a job role in the future.'

Humanities student 2017/18


‘The eXfactor programme is an incredibly important first step in preparing undergraduates for the competitive world of work.  This opportunity shows how incredibly proactive the University is at preparing students as early as possible in order to allow them to reach their full potential’ 

Matthew Williamson, Graduate Recruitment Officer, Teach First, 2015


eXfactor is a great initiative for students as it gives them the opportunity to focus on the key employability skills all employers are looking for. The content really focuses on the key skills students need outside of their department of study, and by participating straight away in their first year, gets them thinking about these things before they start applying for jobs.

Bethany Foote, Senior Graduate Recruiter, Accenture 2013/14