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.
For our TOP TIPS and advice on how to tackle your career planning as a finalist, download your
Presentations and workshops for 2024 Finalists
Finalist Futures: Exploring your options after graduation
Tuesday 6th February: 1-2pm MS Teams
Find out your options and where to look for information to help your decision making. Book your place here
Finalist Futures: Getting a graduate job
Wednesday 7th February: 1-2pm MS Teams
Learn about the options open to you, where to search for vacancies and how to apply. A presentation with Q&A. Book your place here
Finalist Futures: 'One Step Closer'
Thursday 8th February: 6-8pm James France Exhibition Area
Join us at this informal event to find out how we can help you progress your career planning as you approach graduation. Receive a goodie box, win prizes and help yourself to the buffet. Along with other finalists, you can design your own event by selecting the activities that will help you most. An interactive evening event to explore tailored careers support, with activities and a buffet. Book your place here
Finalist Futures: Making successful applications
Wednesday 14th February: 2-4pm Stewart Mason Building SMB.1.03
Appeal to employers and get to the top of the pile. Book your place here
Finalist Futures: Impressing at interviews
Wednesday 28th February: 2-4pm G Block G.0.06
Find out what to expect and how to impress employers. Book your place here
For further support you can book an appointment for individual help or drop-in to one of our Careers Hubs in Stewart Mason or West Park Teaching Hub 11-3 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.)
- 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. For up-to-date details see Book an appointment.
- Careers Hubs: East (Stewart Mason 0.06) and West (West Park Teaching Hub 0.07): drop in with any careers related query, 11.00 -3.00 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 in-person. 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 MS Teams or telephone or in-person. 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 MS Teams or telephone or in-person. Book via telephone 01509 222765.
- Business and Enterprise Coaching: Email LEN@lboro.ac.uk 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.
- Find jobs and work experience using our dedicated webpage with a variety of links and information, including our vacancy database Target Connect.
- 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, Target Connect 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.
- Access the Make applications webpage for guidance on applying for jobs and to download our useful 'frameworks'.
- Have a Careers Advice appointment or drop in to one of our Careers Hubs to get your CVs, covering letters and application forms checked.
- Use eCareers Grad, Graduates First or book an Interview Coaching Appointment.
- 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 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.
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.
Newsletters for finalists 2023-2024
We send regular newsletters to all our current final year students. They will be also be published below throughout the year.
Week 0 Welcome to your final year
Week 2 Get ready for the Autumn Careers Fair
Week 4 Bumper job junting edition
Week 6 Making applications and our new online course
Week 8 Tackling interviews and assessment centres
Week 10 Networking
Week 15 Welcome back to your final year
Week 3 Working abroad and gap year special