Q: How has Covid-19 affected recruitment for placements, internships and graduate jobs?
A: COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the job market and recruitment processes in the last year, but it’s important to know that there are still jobs out there and some sectors have been affected more than others. Many employers have changed their recruitment processes and have turned to virtual methods for selection and it’s expected that many employers will continue with these new methods in the future. The pandemic has also resulted in many new flexible ways of working which may open up opportunities for students and graduates. The Careers Team are keeping well informed and you should visit the UWS Careers & Skills website for up-to-date advice, including tips on effective job searching, virtual recruitment processes, virtual internships and alternative things you can do if you have missed out on undertaking a placement or internship. If you have specific questions or concerns, please remember you can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser.
Q: How can I speak to a Careers Adviser?
A: The Careers Team are offering appointments via telephone, video calls and emails, and will move to providing flexible hybrid services, including on campus support, from September 2021. Appointments can be booked via the Appointments & Events Calendar in the Online Careers & Skills Centre. Visit the Booking Appointments page for more information.
Q: What career-related things can I get support with?
A: The Careers Team can support you with a wide range of career related topics. Just a few of these are:
- Exploring career options
- Identifying skills and strengths
- Job searching and applications
- CV checks
- Interview preparation
Explore the UWS Careers & Skills website and visit the Booking Appointments page for more information on the range of topics you can get help with.
Q: Are the University hosting any Careers Fairs or events and how will these take place?
A: Yes, there are various careers related events throughout the academic year. Some of these are related to specific subject areas and might be in your class, and others are open to students from all subject areas.
Careers events are currently taking place virtually and will move to a hybrid delivery, with the return of some on campus events, during academic year 2021-22. Details can be found in the Appointments & Events Calendar in the Online Careers & Skills Centre and upcoming events are promoted via the Careers & Skills weekly newsletter that you will receive on a Friday afternoon. You can also keep an eye out on our Twitter account: @careersuws
Q: Can I get help to find a part-time job?
A: The Careers Team can support you with developing effective job hunting skills and applications for jobs, including creating a great CV. Check out the Getting a Part-time Job page in the Online Careers & Skills Centre for more information.
Q: Can I get help to find a placement or internship?
A: The Careers Team can support you with developing effective job hunting skills and applications for placements and internships, including up to date information on virtual internships and recruitment processes. Visit the Getting Work Experience page in the Online Careers & Skills Centre to get started.
Q: What can I do while I’m at university to improve my future employability?
A: There’s lots you can do, even virtually, to set yourself up for success. This includes getting involved with clubs and societies, becoming a class representative, volunteering, and much more. The Careers Team have produced Year Guides with their top tips on what you can do as you move through each year of your studies. Visit the Year Guides page and click on the relevant year for you.