Support for finalists
If you have just completed your final year of study and need support with what to do next, don't worry, help is at hand. There is lots of key information on this web page, and elsewhere on our website, and the Careers Network team is here to provide expert careers advice and guidance.
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.
- Go to our Graduate profiles and eGems to research what our graduates do after leaving Loughborough University.
- Book a Career 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.
Getting careers support now
The Careers Network team is here to provide support and inspiration to help you, whatever your needs. The services below may be of particular benefit to you and are currently being offered remotely. For up-to-date details see Book an appointment.
- Careers Help Point: drop-in service Monday to Friday 1.00-4.30 - for any short careers related questions. No appointment necessary.
- Quick Advice: 20-minute appointments to check CVs, covering letters, or application forms, prepare for interviews and assessment centres or to ask any careers related query. Book via telephone 01509 222039.
- Email Advice: available for graduates and students on placement or not in Loughborough. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Career Consultations: 30 minutes 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 222039.
- 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 222039.
- Enterprise and Business Support: Email LEN@lboro.ac.uk to request an appointment or visit our Loughborough Enterprise Network website for more information
- Meet employers at our careers fairs to network 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 emails and/or newsletters with jobs, opportunities and appointments for your school specifically.
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 Graduates First 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.
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 jobs and 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 work experience pages which includes both websites, Careers Online and job hunting through networking.
Accessing enterprise and business support
If you’re thinking about going freelance, being self-employed or starting a business after graduating, Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) provides the space for enterprising students and graduates to connect across both our Loughborough and London campuses.
From inspired idea to the next big business start-up, we support students and graduates on their business journeys by providing valuable opportunities for them to develop a highly desirable, entrepreneurial mindset.
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
Signing off before you leave Loughborough
To ensure that you complete everything you need to before leaving Loughborough University, head over to the University's Information for Finalists. This covers everything you need to know and do before you finish your degree and take the next step in your career journey. Good luck!