If you’re new to the University of Bristol Careers Service, welcome! We hope you will come and see us in person soon at No.5 Tyndall Avenue. For those of you using the service for the first time, below is a brief explanation of what to expect from your visit.
Making an appointment
Many students who come into the Careers Service wish to speak to an Adviser. With a limited number of slots available per day, and lots of other resources on hand to help, it will help us, and you, if we ask you a few questions initially to find out if an appointment is right for you at this time.
Firstly, we will ask why you would like to see an Adviser, and how much research or work you have done so far yourself. For example, if you want a CV checking: ‘Have you looked at the CVs, covering letters and applications information on our website?’. Or if you are researching a specific career area: ‘Have you looked at Researching career sectors on our website?’. All of these questions are designed to make sure that we are pointing you in the right direction – we don’t want to waste your time booking you an appointment when we have the answer to your question at our fingertips!
Where we might refer you
We have lots of resources available for help with various career questions. If you are looking into a specific career, job, or company, we may refer you to the Resources Help Desk first, where our specialist information team will be happy to help. They will either suggest some useful places to begin your research and show you how to use the resources or, if your question is quite complicated, they might take it away to do some research into the best resources for you to explore. Here are some examples of questions we have referred to the Resources Help Desk in the past: ’How do I find out about working abroad?’, ‘How do I find out about smaller graduate schemes – especially as there is very little information available online?’; ‘How do I break into less well-known job roles?’.
We will probably direct you towards our collection of books, journals and other publications, including online information. We have a vast amount of information on various industries and jobs (teaching, media, environment, for example), and we also have information on finding a career, CVs, interviews, psychometric tests, postgraduate study, life as a research student, specific companies and schemes (particularly the big graduate recruiters), as well as living and working abroad – to name just a few! So whatever your careers question, we will have the right resource for you or can help you to find it.
Careers Service Events
The Careers Service also runs a variety of events throughout the year and lots of these take place during the autumn and spring terms:
- We run events which are designed to help you get a job, by helping you with CVs, application forms and cover letters, then taking you through interviews and assessment centres, or by informing you about key skills, such as understanding commercial awareness.
- We hold sessions on networking, effective use of social media, creativity and innovation.
- We also run events which focus on specific careers or key areas of the jobs market – for example, we hold sessions on finding work abroad, or on specific industries, such as journalism or marketing.
- Some of our sessions are specifically targeted at postgraduate students, international students, or those interested in further study, whether that’s applying for a masters or PhD, or aiming for a research career.
In the autumn term, particularly, we invite many of the largest graduate employers from Bristol and beyond to give presentations and offer students a chance to network with them. In addition, we hold several Careers Fairs each year. The main Fair, for students of all subjects interested in all kinds of graduate jobs, is held in October, and we also run fairs which focus on law, engineering, investment banking and management consultancy, and careers for those who study a science degree.
Please take a few moments to check out our website, which is packed with information including jobs, advice, courses and events.
Updated from original post by Lucinda and Harpreet, Career Service Student Information Assistants