Cat Holt is a Careers Consultant (PG Programmes) in the University of Exeter Business School.
Did you know that you have access to career support even after you graduate? We’ve got your back… forever!
We provide career support throughout your degree and it doesn’t stop there, after graduation you still have access to a wealth of career resources.
Life can be unpredictable; your gap year travel plans fell through, the dream graduate job isn’t living up to your expectations, the six interviews you attended last month all rejected you… whatever position you are in as a graduate we are here to support you.
The good news is that you won’t lose access to My Career Zone (just make sure that you select the ‘Graduate’ option at log-in). This gives you access to a smorgasbord of tantalising career resources. These are my top 5 resources that I bet you didn’t realise were available for graduates:
- You can still search for jobs and internships
The jobs advertised on My Career Zone aren’t just for undergraduates, there are loads of jobs available for graduates. Plus don’t forget to search for GBP internship opportunities which are open to recent graduates (up to 3 years), if you haven’t found a graduate job yet then these opportunities can be the doorway into work and often lead to permanent roles https://mycareerzone.exeter.ac.uk/students/jobs
- You can still attend workshops and webinars
Yes, that’s right there are still lots of events that you can book onto in My Career Zone and attend in person. Or if you now live in Bali, no worries, we have a selection of webinars that cover lots of major career topics instead. Check out the current list, there’s even one called ‘Help I’ve Graduated’! http://www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/events/webinars/
- You can still apply for a Career Mentor
Still not found the right job and want advice from someone in the sector? Well a Career Mentor may be the right step for you. Recent graduates (up to 3 years) can apply for an experienced professional to provide career information and advice for 6 months. The next round of applications opens in September and the mentors will be listed on My Career Zone: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/research/mentor/
- You can learn new skills that are relevant to the workplace
We have specific resources aimed at graduates to help you succeed in the workplace. From career skills like improving your work-life balance to IT skills such as Excel, you’ll find some really useful videos and articles on My Career Zone Digital:
IT Skills and Workplace Skills https://mycareerzone.careercentre.me/u/sbx65b8q
- You can still book one-to-one appointments
We can arrange an appointment with a Career Consultant, this can be in person, via Skype or by phone. Maybe you’re struggling with job rejections and want to talk through your feedback, perhaps you want some help refocusing your career ideas, or maybe you are thinking about postgraduate study; we can offer impartial career advice on all these areas and help you move forward on your career journey.
Just email or call the Career Zone to book: Exeter 01392 724493 Penryn 01326 253735
“I really hadn’t realised that I was still able to access the careers service after my masters had finished. To start with I updated my My Career Zone account to a graduate account and then started booking onto events that I never got round to attending during my course. I then had some one-to-one appointments to help me focus my ideas and thanks to their support I’m applying to graduate schemes. Don’t feel you are alone after graduation, the Career Zone have been so helpful.” Diana Belza, MSc in Marketing and Finance
So go out into the world, enjoy your next steps in life, but don’t forget we are here if you need us.