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Career Planning Checklist for First Years

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📥  Advice, Tips & Hints, Uncategorized, Work Experience

Career Planning Checklist for First Years

I hope you have enjoyed the first few weeks on campus!  In the next few years you may make friends for life and acquire knowledge that will inspire you in many different directions, I know it did for me! You might already wonder about what you would like to do with your degree and what you will learn here at Bath. Your first year is all about finding out who you are, what you like to do, what you are good at, what you are not so good at and creating friendships and networks. Your career journey actually starts here, today, and I have several ideas about how you can start exploring.

Get involved!

This is the time to join student societies and clubs. Do you like to juggle or debate politics? It is for you to find out. Would you like to have an active voice on campus?  Join societies, student committees or join roles in the Students’ Union.

Get work or volunteer experience!

I had no idea what I wanted to do after my degree when I started, so I explored many different roles and acquired many different skills which became useful later. Working in catering taught me I don’t like working with food but I love talking to customers! Working as a market researcher taught me I don’t like speaking on the phone, but I enjoy writing up company marketing reports. I volunteered in translation, which confirmed my interest in languages. Being a student advisor in the Study Abroad Office my last year at University taught me that I enjoy supporting students decide about their future, and became the reason why I started working in student support and ending up as a Careers Adviser. So my advice to you is to get experience, try different jobs and volunteering roles. Explore who you are!

Start writing your CV!

To apply for work experience and volunteering roles, you may need to have an updated CV. So why not start that now? It will also be so much easier to add to the CV later on if you start early, believe me! There are several CV writing workshops and talks you can join through MyFuture – our careers portal to events, talks, workshops and for booking appointments. We also have a great CV writing resource to get your started.

Does all this peak your interest? Come and visit us!

We are open everyday and we always have time to speak to you. We are now based in city centre, near the station in the Virgil Building. We have lots of resources, both online and in the centre, for you to look through. We have Careers Advisers for you to book appointments with, to share your ideas and thoughts.  We offer a range of appointments and support, please see our website for more details. We even have a page dedicated to you, first year students.

Here are further links for you to explore:

-          MyFuture – your links to careers appointments, skills development training, employer events, jobs and internships.

-          Bath Careers website – A great resource for all things careers, from writing a CV and succeeding in an assessment centre to exploring employers and taking a gap year.

-          Joblink – The Students' Union's part-time job portal, if you would like a part-time job alongside your studies.

-          Students’ Union – great resource for all things SU.

But most of all, ENJOY your first year at Bath.


The Employers Are Coming – Get Prepared for The Careers Fair!

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📥  Advice, Career Choice, Careers Fairs, Finding a Job, Graduate Jobs, Tips & Hints

The Employers Are Coming – Get Prepared for The Careers Fair!

On Thursday and Friday 19th and 20th October the employers are coming to campus! We will have around 200 employers over the two days from a range of different sectors. This is a unique opportunity for Bath graduates, undergraduates and postgraduates of any year to meet a range of employers in one venue, and will give you the chance to ask questions and assess the types of jobs on offer in an informal setting. Remember this is not just for graduate roles, there are also employers offering summer internships and placements.

The 2017 fair will be held from 11am to 4pm both days, and will be at the Sports Training Village (Netball Courts).

So how do you prepare for the careers fair? Well here are few tips for you:


  • Research the employers coming to the fair. The leaflet is out and you can download it from our website.  There are employers from a range of sectors within business and engineering, but we also have charities and public sector represented by organisations such as Cancer Research UK, Department of Education, Welsh Government, Frontline and Teach First. A lot of commercial companies also recruit students from all disciplines so there is something here for anyone, whatever your degree.
  • Plan your visit! Which employers do you want to see and where are they? Make sure to target the employers and find out where they are by checking the Careers Fair map.
  • Prepare questions for the employers you are interested in. The answers may make you decide on what career pathways are best for you or may inspire you to apply for a summer internship or a graduate role. Questions may cover a range of subjects. Maybe you are curious about the day to day work activities, the culture of the workplace? Or maybe you would like to know what type of skills or experiences they are looking for so that you can tailor your job application or prepare for a future interview? Maybe you want to learn more about the industry or the sector, the current issues or developments?  Have a think about what you would like to know and prepare your questions beforehand. Avoid asking the companies what they do, researching the companies or organisations beforehand should help you with that! More ideas for questions to ask can be found here.
  • Wear something nice. No need to wear a suit or business attire, but avoid looking scruffy or avoid looking like you have just just come from the gym. First impressions counts, even at a careers fair.
  • Prepare your CV. You never know when an opportunity arises to give an employer your CV. If you would like some feedback on your CV, have a look at our excellent CV guide and come to one of our quick query appointments to have it looked over. You can book these appointments through MyFuture.

Finally, just be yourself and enjoy the day. We hope that you will come out of the fair with ideas, inspiration and knowledge that you can use further in  your career.

For more information, see our website for more details or on how to prepare for the Careers Fair, have a look at our Careers Fair Guide.





New Semester - New Careers Events - New Jobs

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📥  Careers Resources, Event, Graduate Jobs, Internships, Tips & Hints, Work Experience

The staff in the Careers Service are delighted to see campus back in to full swing, especially now students are booking appointments and once more engaging with their careers research and investigation. We do like to be busy!

Here are three things you could be doing to make sure you stay ahead of the game at this time of year.

Check out our Programme of Events

Our new programme is now live and booking in MyFuture.  We have a range of employers coming on campus you can meet up with them to find out more about their opportunities. Some of them will be running skills events too. Our Careers Adviser will also be busy delivering a range of employability skills sessions on campus and virtually. We also have International Careers Week commencing February 29th. Some examples from our programme:

  • Finding Summer Work Experience
  • Interview Success
  • Writing UK Style Covering letters (for International students)
  • Finding a job other than a "graduate scheme"
  • Turning your placement into Graduate job
  • Careers Prep in a Day for Final year undergraduates  (Saturday)
  • Careers Prep in a Day for Master students
  • Webinar: Decisions, Decisions…How to begin your grad job search
  • Webinar: Considering a PhD or a Masters?
  • Assessment Centre Workshops including the chance to practise
  • Using LinkedIn and the Bath Connection to expand your network and build your career

Start Looking or Keep Looking for jobs (summer and graduate)

MyFuture has opportunities being added all the time, be they summer or placement work experience or graduate jobs. Make time to check in regularly and use the Advanced Opportunity Search  to create and save searches. Note that in the date option you can select for the search to show what has been added since you last logged in.

Be aware of how some types of jobs will not be advertised in MyFuture and so find out how you can search for jobs speculatively. Read our two guides Finding a Graduate Job and Finding Work Experience for advice on more comprehensive approaches to job hunting.

Keep your CV and covering letters fresh

I am not talking about keeping them in the fridge but keeping them alive. There is a tendency to fall into complacency once you feel you have nailed your CV and covering letter. Make sure you keep it up to date with new activities and always review your CV in the light of what the employer is looking for. If you have not had success yet then do take the chance to review them with an Adviser and seek help from alumni and employer contacts in your chosen field.

Have a great semester and keep in touch with the Careers Service.




Make the most of your Summer!

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📥  Advice, Internships, Tips & Hints, Work Experience

Yesterday, my colleague Ghislaine Dell and I contributed to a session on 'Make the Most of Your Summer'. We loved it and are really looking forward to the participants letting us know what they're getting up to over the summer holidays. If you'd like to join in, just use the hashtag - #MakingtheMost.



We thought we would blog some of the advice we shared:

  1. Come and talk to us: The Careers Service is open throughout the summer and you can pop in to see a Careers Adviser. No experience, career plan or CV required! If you're not on campus we can still help, we offer appointments over the phone, email and skype!
  2. Give your CV an update: This is a great time to reflect on the skills you have developed from your course, extra-curricular activities and your work. Look at the resources on our website and give your CV a face-lift. You may also want to think about creating a LinkedIn profile. Getting your application package ready will get you ahead of the game!
  3. Get on the right websites: use the summer break to get your profile and vacancy alerts set up! This way as soon as employers start advertising you will receive vacancy alerts directly in your inbox.
  4. Develop your commercial awareness: use the freedom from exams to explore different sectors and  industry developments. Read newspapers, follow individuals on social media and reach out to Bath alumni.
  5. Finally, do something! You'll build your confidence, surprise yourself by discovering something new and most importantly show employers you are proactive and not afraid to step out of your comfort zone.


Make the most of our summer careers fair!

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📥  Advice, Careers Resources, Labour Market Intelligence

Did you know we are hosting a Summer Graduate Careers Fair on Tuesday, 28th April from 10am-4pm in Founders Hall? The fair is a great opportunity to explore graduate roles (if you are a finalist) or summer internships / work experience opportunities. You may want to have a look at the fair programme to explore the exhibitor list.

We understand this is a busy time for many of you with project deadlines and exams, so we wanted to share our top tips for making the most of the fair:

  1. Do your research: have a look at the fair programme and explore company websites. This way you won't waste time asking basic questions.
  2. Ask the right questions: make a list of the key questions you want to ask. Think about asking questions that will help you glean useful insights about the company such as: What is the culture like?, What are the key challenges / trends facing the industry? or What are the key skills you look for in applicants?
  3. Take your CV: the fair is an opportunity for you to market yourself, therefore take a recent copy of your CV and if the opportunity arises do hand it to potential employers.
  4. Dress appropriately: whilst there is no need to be suited and booted, do dress professionally! Afterall first impressions really matter.
  5. Follow up: where possible ask for the recruiters business card and follow up! Thank them for the advice they offered or email them your CV. It may also be useful to connect with them on LinkedIn.

Finally and most importantly, avoid going around the fair in a pack! This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate to potential employers you are a capable and independent individual. For more advice check out this really useful advice from TargetJobs.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at the Fair!


Looking for an internship this summer? Here are 6 great sites to help you find one


📥  Advice, Internships

A few weeks ago we published our most comprehensive resource to help you find an internship! I was intrigued to see the Independent's post on 6 great sites to help you find an internship and in particular wanted to see if there was a website that we might have missed. e4s and Ratemyplacement stood out.

For summer internships specifically, e4s is the place to go. It has opportunities for part time and holiday, gap year, entry level and graduate schemes. Ratemyplacement has over 25,000 reviews to help you decide if a particular opportunity is right for you. The reviews are written by previous interns and placement students.

So, it's over to you, is there a website or resource that you've come across that is particularly useful for anyone looking for an internship? Let us know by posting in the comments box.


Our most comprehensive resource to help you find an internship!

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📥  Advice, Careers Resources, Internships, Work Experience

For a number of our students thoughts have turned to finding a summer internship and we thought we would pull together helpful websites to kick start your internship applications.


General sites

CareerPlayer - Search graduate internships by industry and location. Most of the opportunities listed on the website are in banking, finance, management, and consultancy. CareerPlayer also claims to have the largest independent career video library, and the most comprehensive career event listings to help graduates explore their career options.

Employ Ability  - Employ Ability are a dedicated service assisting students and graduates with disabilities, including dyslexia or long term health conditions, into employment. They have worked with many leading blue-chip as well as public sector organisations and there are a wide variety of internships with large multinationals and SME's.

Enternships - lists internships and opportunities for graduates with ambitious start-ups and small businesses in over 20 countries. You can refine your search by start date, industry, location or compensation.  Companies such as Groupon, PayPal and celebrities like James Caan and Peter Jones of Dragons Den have used Enternships to find graduate talent in the past.

Give A Grad A Go - Search for paid work placements in Design, IT, Media & Arts, Sales, Banking & Finance. According to the website most work placements last between 1-3 months, with many paid internships.

Graduate talent pool - Graduate Talent Pool is a partnership between government and employers, designed to help UK graduates looking for work placements. The internships are based primarily in England, and you can search for opportunities by career sector and region.

Inspiring Interns - Inspiring Interns aims to match graduates with businesses, and recruits interns all year round. Most opportunities are in London and the UK, and you can search by industry sector. You can upload your existing CV, or make a video CV for employers to browse on the website.

STEP - Step Graduate offers paid work placements in the UK, and the programme is supported by the government through the Department for Business and Skills. Typically placements last between 2-3 months, and the website boasts lots of success stories of candidates being offered permanent positions at the end of their placements.

Student Ladder - fantastic website where you can search for opportunities by year of study and industry sector.

Wexo - Wexo lists internships and job opportunities for students and graduates with companies in the UK. You can create a profile and browse job listings for free, however to access all other content such as CV guidance, and to apply for roles there is a one off membership fee of £10.

 Sector Specific Opportunities


Charityworks - is a unique partnership initiative between 20 charitable organisations. The graduate development programme offers graduates the opportunity to work in charities for one year, and to develop the skills they need to work in the sector.


Gradcracker -  Gradcracker only lists paid work placements for Engineering and Technology students. Browse hundreds of placements with over 48 companies, and refine your search by discipline or work sector.

Finance & Banking

 eFinancial Careers - Worldwide opportunities for graduates interested in Investment Banking and Financial Services. Search internships and graduate trainee roles, and filter results by location, sector or keywords.

 Media and Broadcasting

Broadcast Graduate - The website is aimed at recent graduates and students to help them discover internships, job opportunities and graduate schemes in the broadcast and media industries. Employers on the site include BBC, 4 Talent, Bloomberg etc.


New Scientist -  Quite a comprehensive list of internship opportunities in science, charities, and abroad. The deadlines for many of the internships will have passed already but the list gives you an idea of the kinds of places that take on interns in science-related posts, and when they tend to advertise for them.


TDA School Experience Programme – You can apply for the SEP if you are considering teaching maths, physics, chemistry or a modern foreign language at secondary level and hold a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 degree. The placements can last up to 10 days, but are flexible. You will observe lessons, talk to teachers about day-to-day school life and you might have the opportunity to plan and deliver part of a lesson.


Target Jobs -  section lists work experience and vacation schemes in the field of law. Filter results by upcoming deadlines, employer name or region.

Enjoy and have a fun weekend browsing internship opportunities! If you need help with any aspect of the application process please book a quick query with a careers adviser.

Researching Career Sectors

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📥  Advice, Careers Resources, Labour Market Intelligence, Sector Insight, Tips & Hints

Here are our 5 top tips to research career sectors:

career sector


  1. Look at sector overviews:  Prospects, TARGETjobs and Inside Careers offer good sector overviews as well as example job profiles for multiple sectors.
  2. Talk to alumni: Log into Bath Connection and talk to Bath alumni working in a wide range of industries.
  3. Consult professional bodies:  find the professional body for the sector you are interested in and check out the latest news, developments and any detailed careers advice.
  4. Use library resources: current Bath students have access to tools such as Hoovers, MarketLine and Passport which provide sector overviews, detailed company information and links to relevant news. Do also check out the detailed information resources produced by the careers team.
  5. Engage with employers on-campus: keep an eye out for the Careers Service's spring programme, as always we will be inviting a wide range of employers who will talk about graduate opportunities, participate in careers fairs and deliver skills session.



Should you disclose your nationality on your CV?

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📥  Advice, Tips & Hints

Lately I have seen a number of International Students who have asked me the same question,“should I put my nationality on my CV?” and “will this affect how employers view my application?” My view is to be upfront about this… Remember an employer will read your CV and may well work out you are from overseas by simply looking at your previous education.

So if you are from outside the UK, be clear about your nationality on your CV whilst clarifying how this impacts your eligibility to work in the UK. For example, if applying for a part-time job whilst studying, put something like:

Nationality: Indian, eligible to work part-time in the UK for up to X hours.

(Make sure you know the current position by always keeping up to date with information on the UK Visas & Immigration website)

If you are looking for work in the UK after you have finished your studies, try something like:

Nationality: Indian, eligible to work in the UK with Tier 2 visa sponsorship

You can find  excellent guidance notes from UKCISA. For specific questions relating to your right to work in the UK make an appointment with one of our helpful International Student Advisers.


Democracy Day - Have you thought of a career in Politics?

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📥  Advice, Careers Resources, Labour Market Intelligence, Sector Insight, Work Experience

Today across the BBC, Democracy Day is marked with special programmes looking at democracy in the UK and across the globe. The 20th January 1265 is widely recognised as the day England's first parliament was held.  This year also sees the General Election in the UK in May and therefore we are shining a light on the wide range of career opportunities in politics. One thing's for sure, a career in politics is unlikely to be dull. There are opportunities to be on the front line, working as a politician in Westminster or in local government; or you can work behind the scenes as an activist, administrator or adviser. A career in politics also offers scope to work overseas.

So how do you get started?
If  you are at University, consider getting involved with the Student Union. There are opportunities to get involved with existing campaigns or run your own. Campaigns can range from supporting organ donation awareness on campus to pushing for a better transport system for students. You can also get involved with the many Clubs & Societies which provide opportunities to discuss all manner of topics and engage with other students who care about the same issues as you.

The range of roles within politics are varied, ranging from administration, research, campaigning to specialist roles such linguists working for the intelligence service. The best way to clarify the sorts of roles that might suit you is by gaining experience. With the general election round the corner, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and get involved with local government in your area. Work for an MP has a wealth of information on getting experience in parliament. Internships  in Brussels are advertised on EuroBrussels which also has a useful "Find a Job Guide".

Working in UK Government
There aren't as many opportunities for work experience / internships directly in Government departments and agencies; however a wide range of graduate careers do exist. The following are useful starting points:

Civil Service Careers: information on all opportunities in the Civil Service
Civil Service Fast Stream: for information on graduate entry for progress to senior positions
UK Parliament Jobs: listings of all parliamentary opportunities
National Graduate Development Programme: graduate opportunities in local government
Local Government Careers: the most comprehensive listing of local government jobs

Working in EU
Careers at the EU Institutions: a comprehensive guide to EU institutions and the wide range of opportunities.
Jobs in Brussels: a one stop-shop listing all EU affairs jobs on one portal
European Personnel Selection: for all jobs in the EU agencies.

There are also a number of graduate traineeships which include: The European Commission Traineeship and The European Economic & Social Committee Traineeship.

International Politics
Various UK (and other national) government departments work in very internationally focused ways, most obviously the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development for example.

UN: a comprehensive website with employee profiles and job listings.
NATO: a number of opportunities aimed at postgraduate students working for NATO in Brussels.

This blog post only scratches the surface of the breadth of opportunities available in the sector. For more information please download this very helpful guide produced by one of the careers team.  You may also want to re-visit our blog post on Careers in  International Development.