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Help with researching sectors and employers

Help with researching sectors and employers

Help with researching sectors and employers

Help with researching sectors and employers

If you need more information about employment sectors and employers operating within them, this page outlines various resources you can use to find out more. 


Choosing a career or even a direction to take can be tough. This webinar will provide you with an introduction as to how to go about choosing a career.

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This session will explore different careers styles, provide information about different ways of working and help you evaluate whether freelance or portfolio working may suit you.

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This session is a facilitated small group discussion for students who already think that they want to develop a freelance or portfolio career. You will be able to discuss your career ideas with Career Zone staff and other students and gain a deeper understanding of the next steps you can take to build your career in the style of working that you want.

It is recommended to attend the 'Ways of working: Could a Freelance or Portfolio Career be for You?' webinar before attending this session.  

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Having an effective job hunting strategy is essential to finding graduate level opportunities. This session will help you to develop a graduate job seeking strategy that is right for you.

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The pandemic means we are all facing challenging times, and you may feel particularly unsure about your future plans. This webinar will help you reflect on your career plans and options, whilst getting practical support and advice for how to move forward.

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If you would like help with researching your career options, or know what you would like to do but don’t know how to get there, you can book a Career Guidance appointment. You can contact us via the Live Chat icon at the bottom of this page, or you can phone us on +44(0)1392 724493. For any other enquiries please email


Employment Sectors: Take a look at our A to Z of employment sectors for more information about the sector, job board links, and more. 

There are a number of useful tools on Handshake including:

  • 'Employers' section - Here you can review company profiles, as well as look at the reviews that have been left by employees. You can also follow employers for job/event updates. 

  • Career Paths - Learn about different jobs and fields to make the next step in your career. 
  • Community pages - By making your profile visible you can network with alumni, students, and employers on Handshake. 
  • Browse and ask questions on the Handshake community Q&A forum 
  • Industry Reports - Information about employment sectors including Charities, Media, Banking and Consulting. Each employment sector includes SWOT analyses and trends, top companies, and links to further information. 

  • Industry Insights- Helping you understand what it's like to work in a particular sector, usually in the form of short videos. Covering sectors from Accounting to Television.  

Career Zone Blog - This link takes you to features on career planning on our blog. On this there are blogs on various careers and how to begin your career, as well as job hunting advice from students and alumni. 

Below are a number of resources to help you with market research: 

Useful websites:


Speak with the experts

The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches a student or graduate with an experienced professional, for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance, over a 6 month period. 

The Ask An Alum (Careers Q&A) is a fuss-free way to connect with University of Exeter alumni to ask careers questions. By filling in our quick and easy application form, you can be introduced to alumni working in your field of interest…whatever that may be at the time of applying.