Careers Network

Support for finalists

If you are in your final year of study and need support, help is at hand. There's loads of information on this page, and elsewhere on our website, and the Careers Network team provides expert careers advice and guidance.

Finalist Futures events for 2022 graduates

Don’t miss out on our new Finalist Futures presentations and workshops, providing expert advice for success in your next steps after graduation. Click on the tab below for details and booking links.

Presentations and workshops for 2022 Finalists

Summer Term 2022

Please note that some are online presentations (with Q&A) and others are in-person workshops. Don’t miss out on these sessions and the opportunity for a free gift! All finalist attendees will receive a Loughborough University souvenir and be entered into a prize draw to win a Loughborough University hoodie.

Impress with your CVs, covering letters and application forms

Learn how to write CVs, covering letters and applications, which show future employers that you are the best candidate for the job.

Thursday 12th May, 1-2pm, online presentation   BOOK your place here


Finalist Futures: Widen career options with further study

Reflect on whether further study can open doors to careers you may not know about.

Monday 16th May, 12-1pm, online presentation   BOOK your place here


Finalist Futures: Ace that interview

Understand what to expect and how to prepare for a graduate job interview.

Tuesday 17th May, 1-2.30pm, in-person workshop   BOOK your place here


Finalist Futures: Drive your job search

Discover how to narrow down your job search, find suitable roles and take steps towards achieving a graduate role.

Wednesday 18th May, 1.30-3pm, in-person workshop   BOOK your place here

If you are unable to attend the online sessions they will be recorded and made available afterwards on our self-enrolment Careers Network Learn module CA007.

Please remember that you can Book an appointment for individual help too or drop-in to one of our Careers Hubs in Stewart Mason and West Park Teaching Hub 12-3 on weekdays during term time.

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 Careers Coaching Appointment 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.

  • Careers Hubs: East (Stewart Mason) and West (West Park Teaching Hub): drop in with any careers related query, 12-3 on weekdays during term time.
  • Careers 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 MS Teams or telephone or email. Book online or via telephone 01509 222765.
  • Careers Coaching: 30 minutes available via advance booking only - for an in-depth discussion with a Careers Coach 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 222765.
  • Interview Coaching: 30 minutes available via advance booking only - for an opportunity to practise your interview technique with a Careers Coach. Available via telephone or MS Teams. Book via telephone 01509 222765.
  • Business and Enterprise Coaching: Email to request an appointment or visit our Loughborough Enterprise Network website for more information
  • Attend events e.g. our careers fairs and online employer events, 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 coach will be sending you emails and/or newsletters with jobs, opportunities and other information relevant for your school.

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 Careers Advice or Career Coaching appointment 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 2021-2022

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:

Summer Term 2022

Edition 1 - S2 Week 10

Spring Term 2022

Edition 1 - S2 Week 1

Edition 2 - S2 Week 3

Edition 3 - S2 Week 5 - Available soon

Edition 4 - S2 Week 7

Autumn Term 2021

Edition 1 – S1 Week 1

Edition 2 – S1 Week 3

Edition 3 – S1 Week 5

Edition 4 – S1 Week 7

Edition 5 – S1 Week 9

Edition 6 – S1 Week 11