Careers Network

Support for finalists

If you are in your final year of study and need support, help is at hand. There is loads of information on this page, and elsewhere on our website, and the Careers Network team provides expert careers advice and guidance. We are now extending our support for 2021 graduates for up to 5 years.

Finalists First - Online events for 2021 Graduates

Are you wondering what to do after you graduate?  Maybe you are looking for a job and wondering how to find one?  Or you could be thinking about applying for further study?

If you missed our recent series of Finalists First events, there will be another chance to attend the following session live on MS Teams.

Finalists First: Finding a Job - Hear about researching your options and where to look for vacancies.

Tuesday 29th June 12-1pm MS Teams.  Book your place here.

You can access recordings of the full series of Finalists First events below.

  • Finalists First: Finding a Job Hear about researching your options and where to look for vacancies.
    To watch a recording of the event click here. 
  • Finalists First: Social Media for Jobs and Opportunities Learn how to make the most of your social media presence.
    To watch a recording of the event click here. 
  • Finalists First: Further Study and Online Learning Find out your options and where to find information to help your decision making.
    To watch a recording of the event click here. 
  • Finalists First: Online Recruitment with an Employer Listen to hints and tips for getting through the recruitment process successfully.
    To watch a recording of the event click here. 

Researching your options

It can be hard to know where to start looking for a job as a finalist whilst juggling coursework deadlines and other commitments. At Careers Network we have information on a wide range of topics 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 identify possible careers areas or job roles that may suit your interests, values, skills, attributes and preferences. (You will need to make sure you are connected to the University Network, either on campus or via the VPN.) 
  • Go to our Graduate profiles to see 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 advice

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.

  • 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. Available via telephone or email. Book via telephone 01509 222039.
  • 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. Available via telephone or MS Teams. Book via telephone 01509 222039.
  • Mock Interviews: 30 minutes available via advance booking only - for an opportunity to practise your interview technique with a Careers Consultant. Available via telephone or MS Teams. Book via telephone 01509 222039.
  • Enterprise and Business Support: Email 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 teams will be sending you emails and/or newsletters with jobs, opportunities and other information relevant for your school.


Graduate employment and skills guide from the Office for Students (OfS)

The Office for Students have collaborated with the Department for Education to produce an online information resource aimed at students about to graduate, or at the start of their career journey. With five important steps to help you think about your choices and what you’d like to do next, from identifying and building your skills, to gaining experience and applying for jobs. With helpful advice on looking after your wellbeing along the way. Click on the link below:

Graduate employment and skills guide

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 - usually 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.

Applying for graduate roles

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.

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 apply for our Alumni Bursary which awards you up to 10% off tuition fees. You may also be eligble for a UK Government Postgraduate Loan.  Find out more about funding options on the University web page Funding, scholarships and tuition fees.

For advice on choosing a course you can 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.

You are able to order a prospectus or view it on-line for further information.

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

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.

More information about the support we provide can be found on our website, or you can contact us directly at

Newsletters for Finalists 2020-2021

We send regular newsletters to all our current final year students.  If you missed them or want to browse articles from previous editions you can view them here:

Autumn Term 2020

Edition 1

Edition 2

Edition 3


Spring Term 2021

Edition 1

Edition 2

Edition 3


Summer Term 2021

Edition 1

Edition 2

Edition 3

Finishing your degree - everything you need to know

To find out what you need to know and do before you leave Loughborough, please visit the University's information for finalists web page Finishing your degree?

A-Z of Life after Loughborough

See our quick A-Z of all the things that may be on your mind after graduating from your degree.  More importantly, where you can find out more about them.