Access careers help
If you are in your final year of study and haven't yet decided what to do after you complete your studies, don't worry, help is at hand. There is lots of information on this website and the Careers Network team is here to guide your career decision making and provide advice.
Researching your options
It can be hard to know where to start looking for a job as a finalist whilst juggling coursework deadlines and exam revision. At Careers Network we have added a whole host of information to help guide you through the process, and we suggest the following pages and information to get started:
- Visit our Options with your degree page to find out more about what careers your course could lead to. You can find information such as key skills you have developed as a student, resources to research career areas and to help you look for graduate jobs.
- Go to the Job profiles webpage on Prospects to research careers within a specific field, case studies and skills and further qualifications that may be needed for the role.
- Access our Online tools (just login with your student details) to explore what you have to offer to a career and help to identify possible careers areas or job roles that may suit your interests, values, skills, attributes and preferences.
- Watch some short handy videos on Career Player for information on industry sectors, and graduate jobs, application advice and latest vacancies.
- Go to our Graduate profiles and eGems to research what our graduates do after leaving Loughborough University.
- Book a Careers Consultation to map out your ideas and talk about your career. You do not have to know what you want to do to book an appointment.
- Look on the LinkedIn Alumni tool to find out where our Loughborough alumni are working to inspire you on your career journey.
- Use Lboro Connect to contact alumni and find mentors to help with your career decisions.
Getting Careers support for finalists
Careers Network will be with you all the way during your final year at Loughborough University providing support and inspiration to help you whatever your needs. The following services may be of particular benefit to you throughout your final year.
- Book an appointment
- Quick Advice appointment - 15 minutes available Monday to Friday - for any careers related enquiry including CV and application form checks, postgraduate study, job hunting and more. Book via Careers Online.
- Careers consultation -30 minute available via advance booking only - for an in-depth discussion with a Careers Consultant about your career. You do not need to have a career in mind for this appointment. Book via telephone 01509 222 039.
- Mock Interviews - 30-60 minutes available via advance booking only - for an opportunity to practise your interview technique with a Careers Consultant. Book via telephone 01509 222 039.
- Meet employers at the summer careers fairon the 25th April to network with employers and find out about their opportunities.
- Look for jobs and opportunities using our dedicated webpage with a variety of links and information, including our vacancy database Careers Online.
- Your careers team will be sending you regular emails and newsletters with jobs, opportunities and appointments for your school specifically.
- Attend the Finalist Fest - a week of activities, workshops and presentations to support you with your career and job hunting after graduation. Please see the timetable below.
Applying for graduate opportunities
We have a range of support available to develop your skills and competence in applying for graduate level roles. You can get support from Careers Network from intitial application right through to interview and accepting a job offer.
We would encourage you to consider engaging in the below options to maximise the effectiveness of your applications.
- Access the Make applications webpage for guidance on applying for jobs including the option of downloading our guidebook and using our checklists.
- Have a Quick Advice appointment to get your CVs, covering letters and application forms checked.
- Use the Sonru Video Interview practice software or book a mock interview with a Careers Consultant.
- Access support on Employer Tests to improve your performance including practice software called Graduates First.
- Attend a mock assessment centre to learn about the process and 'have a go' in a safe and friendly environment.
- Attend one of the workshop sessions during Finalist Fest to help with your applications.
Exploring postgraduate study
Further study can demonstrate enhanced technical and transferable skills and a commitment to your subject.
Further study at Loughborough
If you are a Loughborough graduate thinking of applying for a postgraduate course at either of the Loughborough University campuses, you could receive up to 20% off the tuition fees dependant upon the course and funding type. This, alongside the new loans for master’s degrees recently announced by the government.
For advice on choosing a course we recommend you speak to your personal tutor, or come to one of the postgraduate open events where you can speak to current master’s students, which is a great way to find out about their experiences of studying at the next level.
Further study outside of Loughborough
The Careers Network team can provide you with impartial information, advice and guidance on postgraduate study. You can have a Quick Advice appointment or Career Consultation to go through your options and help you make a decision that is best for you. We can also check your personal statement for your postgraduate applications. Information on how to book an appointment is available here.
We have more information available on our postgraduate study pages on topics including:
- Types of postgraduate courses and choosing the right course
- Reasons for choosing to apply
- Advantages and disdvantages of postgraduate study
Finding work opportunities
There are a variety of different types of jobs and opportunities available that finalists can apply for post graduation. These include:
- Graduate schemes/programmes - a structured role (usually between 1-3 years in length) more common in larger companies, combining work and training and requiring a degree
- Graduate internships - a shorter term role (usually between 1 month and 1 year) often within small to medium size organisations, working on a specific project or within a specific department/team
- Entry level roles - sually offered in more niche areas such as charities, journalism, social enterprises, sport and within small to medium size organisations in which you progress from entry level by demonstrating your competence and future potential
- Work shadowing - a short period of shadowing a professional(s) within a role and organisation of interest to you to learn more about the role. Workshadowing is typically between 1 day and 2 weeks maximum in length as it is unpaid.
Information on where to look for these roles can be found on our Find jobs and opportunities pages which includes both websites, Careers Online and job hunting through networking.
Managing your money after graduation
'Money & Leaving University' is a guide produced by the University's Student Advice and Support Service providing information and advice about the financial issues to be aware of after you complete your studies. This includes advice on student loan repayments, banking, benefits and council tax liability. Click below to access the document:
Receiving support after graduation
The support provided by the Careers Network team doesn't stop when you complete your studies and leave the University.
The information and guidance available in the pages of this website are often as applicable to you as a graduate and early or mid-career jobseeker and you are welcome to contact us for advice for up to three years after graduation. We also have a specific Graduates page containing information such as support available, job hunting tips and application advice.
The University's Careers Online service lists thousands of vacancies a year which are placed by employers who have a specific interest in Loughborough students and graduates.
The Make applications pages provide advice on the job application process including writing effective CVs, polishing your interview technique and guidance on assessment centres and psychometric testing.
Another source of careers support is the UK National Careers Service.
There are a variety of ways of getting in touch with the Loughborough Careers Network team noted in the sidebar. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and information.
Joining Lboro Connect
Did you know that over 70% jobs are now found through networking? Lboro Connect is our online networking and mentoring platform for Loughborough students and alumni to share information, ask advice and seek assistance.
It’s more important than ever to build your network of contacts for your career, and as a finalist Lboro Connect can kick start your journey. With groups, resources and people filters it is easier than ever to connect with professionals within your industry. Join now by going to www.lboro.vineup.com and contact us on email@example.com for help in setting up your profile. For more information on the benefits of Lboro Connect click here.
New webinar - Lboro Connect: a guide to finding your mentor and network like a pro
Our webinar is now available for anyone who wants to learn more about networking to progress your career, making the most of Lboro Connect and finding a mentor.
This is split into manageable chapters so you can watch each part separately in your own time.
Please don't forget to click "attend" on Careers Online.
To view the webinar click here.
Important – steps to complete before graduating
Alumni accounts are no longer provided to students after graduation, and student accounts will enter a 30-day expiry period upon completion of studies. Any data from your student account will be lost unless backed up, so it is important to complete the following:
Finalist £50 Lboro Connect Competition!
What is this?
Following on from the success of the first ‘Finalist £50 Lboro Connect Competition’ we’re running a second competition for undergraduate finalists, due to graduate in 2018.
What do I have to do?
All you have to do is sign up to Lboro Connect, the easiest way to build up your Lboro network, find yourself a mentor and learn about work opportunities after graduation.
What might I win?
First prize will win a £50 Amazon voucher and second prize will win a copy of the Graduate Career Handbook
When does the competition open? Monday 14th May
When does the competition close? 12pm Friday 25th May and we’ll choose the two winners at random at 2pm.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Yes 4 things (please read!)
• You need to sign up to Lboro Connect with your personal email address – FYI now is a good time to start phasing out your university email address
• You need to select that you are graduating in ‘2018’ when you set up your profile
• For an extra chance to win once you’re signed up, join the ‘Loughborough Finalists – Class of 2018’ group. We’ll be posting lots of support and advice on this group in the coming months.
• If you’re already signed up to Lboro Connect and are an undergraduate finalist due to graduate in 2018, you’ll automatically be included in the competition.
• So what are you waiting for? Click this link and away you go.