Helping students get ahead – Careers, Skills and Graduate Employment

Here at the University of Exeter our Careers Service help prepare students for life and work after University, offering quality assistance and advice throughout their course, and for as long as they need it after Graduation. At our Career Zone, we support students with their career planning, whatever stage they are at. Whether it’s a case of not knowing the sector they are interested in yet or the options that their degree offers them.

At registration each year, every new or continuing student indicates their current level of career planning by picking one of ten statements. The Career Zone then aims to equip students to ‘Decide’, ‘Plan’ and ‘Compete’ for opportunities and follow their chosen graduate career path. Our Careers Zone and Careers Information Desks help with a wide range of enquiries, such as:

  • CV and application form advice.
  • Booking 1:1 appointments.
  • Advice on finding work experience, graduate jobs, or postgraduate study.
  • Guidance for interviews and assessment centres.
  • Helping students decide which of our free workshops and events will be right for them.

The University of Exeter is committed to widen participation in higher education, raise pupil attainment and put students on a level playing field to ensure they enjoy the best possible outcomes at University and as graduates, and as such offer additional support to students from a Widening Participation background.

Access to Internships

This fund helps undergraduate students who meet the Widening Participation (WP) Criteria, to arrange a 4 week (or 140 hour) paid internship with a UK: Micro, SME (an organisation with less than 250 employees) Charity, Statutory Organisation or University of Exeter Academic or Professional Service, by fully subsidising the cost of the internship wages. A bursary may also be available to help with any personal costs on a UK paid internship. All funds are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students can apply for one employer subsidy and one ‘help getting to work’ bursary, if eligible, per year.

Confidential Guidance Appointments

The appointment can be either face to face or via telephone or skype. They are designed to offer personalised one to one advice and guidance and give time to discuss student’s career questions and concerns. They normally last about 30 minutes, but we can offer extra time if needed for complex queries.

Equality & Diversity Employability Support Pages

This includes information around disclosing a disability as well as employer initiatives and opportunities for those from WP backgrounds.

Career Mentor Scheme

The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches a student or graduate with an experienced professional, for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance, over a 6 month period.

The eXepert Scheme

The eXepert scheme is a fuss-free way to connect with University of Exeter alumni to ask careers questions.


Click here information on the careers support offered to students at the University of Exeter

Free, Easy, Short, Teacher CPD starting soon!

We know it is hard to find time in a very busy schedule (especially this year!) to set aside for some CPD. So we want to help and have created a programme of short, free, and easy to attend CPD. So we welcome ALL Teachers/HE Advisors of all ages to the Discover University Bitesize Teacher CPD sessions. We will be hosting 6 sessions this academic year to give you the opportunity to learn new skills for research-informed teaching and meet leading academics from the University of Exeter. We hope you can relax with a cup of tea and gain some useful insights and tips to apply to the classroom straight away. Each session will also have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics in greater detail. Read More