Welcome to the Careers Service

Welcome to your Careers Service

Supporting you in your career journey and enabling you to succeed in the world of work is our job. We want you to take that first step in planning your career, or maybe the next step in terms of realising your ambitions.

University of Plymouth graduates are highly successful in the world of work. Our graduates are sought after and secure roles locally, regionally, nationally and globally. They work for the biggest and most famous companies and brands, alongside the small high growth businesses – across all sectors and in a vast array of roles.

Our service comes in all shapes and sizes and there is something for everyone, however decided and focussed, or undecided and unsure you may be. The key is to engage with us throughout your whole time at University.

Much of what we do will be part of your academic programmes through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. Alongside that, we offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

Remember this is YOUR Careers Service. We are here to help you to Explore, Connect and Succeed.

Steve Gaskin – Head of Careers Service.

The Careers Service are here for you all year round. Call in to the Student Hub and have a chat with our Student Engagement Assistants about what support we can offer.

If you are away from Plymouth, you can still access support by email, telephone or Skype. 

Why visit the Careers Service in the Student Hub

  • CVs, statements and application coaching
  • Advice on options with your degree
  • Advice on finding work experience, internships and graduate opportunities
  • Advice and guidance for interviews and assessment centres
  • Guidance for transferring courses
  • Guidance on postgraduate study
  • Advice on advancing employability skills through workshops.
We also offer advice appointments, application coaching and careers guidance appointments.

Careers Service

Student Hub, Charles Seale-Hayne Library

  • Monday to Thursday, 8:30–17:00
  • Friday, 09:30–16:30

Phone: +44 (0)1752 587456 |  Email: careers@plymouth.ac.uk

Last year we provided...

  • x 953 career guidance appointments
  • ] 565 students with optional placement years
  • | 1,200 student ambassador jobs
  • ) 3,126 vacancies and student opportunities
  • Ä 714 employers and professionals on campus for networking and recruitment

Careers Service Helpdesk

Accessing our support couldn’t be easier.

The Careers Service helpdesk offers a daily drop-in, which is ideal for quick queries, signposting to relevant events and resources and finding out how we can support you. There is no need to book.

Our Student Engagement Assistants can also refer you on to a suitable appointment with an Employability Adviser or a Careers Consultant.

Advice appointment

To book an appointment please visit myCareer, phone +44 (0)1752 587456 or come and see us in the Student Hub, Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

Application coaching appointment

In the first instance we strongly recommend that you look at our useful digital career resources, build your CV and then screen it through CV360 or attend one of our skills workshops

The Careers Service offers 20 minute Application Coaching appointments which are ideal for:

  • CVs
  • covering letters
  • job application supporting statements
  • personal statements for postgraduate study.

Please bring a paper copy of your CV, or bring it on a memory stick. 

Please note that we cannot write your CV for you and we do not offer a proof-reading service.

Application Advice

To book an appointment please visit myCareer, phone +44 (0)1752 587456 or come and see us in the Student Hub, Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

"The University careers team were able to support me during my search for a placement as well as the application process. I found the role I applied for through myCareer, which provided information about the role and a direct link to the application page. The University then assisted me with my CV and even offered mock interviews. I think this service is excellent as they gave me lots of tips and tricks on how to maximise my CV which definitely helped during my application."

Georgia Francis
BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management

Careers Guidance appointment

The Careers Service offers guidance appointments for queries that are more complex, or if you feel stuck in your career planning and are unsure how to progress. 

 These guidance appointments are ideal for:

  • thinking of changing or leaving your course
  • identifying your skills, strengths and any gaps in your experience
  • clarifying your career direction and identifying goals
  • support with resolving underlying issues and barriers to moving forward in your career
  • practicing answering interview questions.

To book an appointment please phone +44 (0)1752 587456  

Placement drop-in

If you are considering taking an optional one-year placement as a part of your degree and need help with your options, placement search, applications or simply have questions about the placement year come along to one of our placements drop-in sessions held in the Careers Service area withing the Student Hub.

  • Monday, 13:00–15:00
  • Tuesday, 11:00–13:00
  • Wednesday, 13:00–15:00
  • Thursday, 11:00–13:00
  • Friday, 13:00–15:00.

Resources

There are a wide range of free printed resources available in the Careers Service Hub, including:

  • Employer directories promoting graduate schemes such as Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, Top Companies for Graduates, Prospects Student Guide and Top Companies.
  • Industry guides from Targetjobs, Gradcracker, and information guides to law and medicine.

Come and browse for yourself.

Or why not explore our range of digital resources?

Log in to myCareer

myCareer gives you access to:

  • hundreds of vacancies, from part-time work to fit around your studies, to summer internships and graduate vacancies
  • a wide range of workshops and activities to help you develop your employability skills. These include skill sessions from job searching to enhancing your CV
  • events such as career fairs and networking evenings to help develop your confidence, expand your professional network and explore your career options.

Student Engagement Team

Careers Consultants

Employer Engagement and Placements

STEM Graduates into Business Project