Employer engagement opportunities

Attracting the Brightest Talent

From networking evenings and career fairs to employer mentoring and competitions, the Careers & Employability Service offers many opportunities in which employers from a wide range of sectors can engage with University of Plymouth students and graduates.

Our 2017-18 'Attracting the Brightest Talentemployer brochure highlights in more detail the many opportunities we provide to bring industry professionals onto our campus, who are looking to recruit the best in their industry.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities in more detail or would like to talk about how we can support your business in your search for graduate talent, please contact us. 

Email us: employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk

Call us: (+44) 01752 587729 

Register and manage your own vacancies on our jobs board

You can promote your vacancies free of charge to all University of Plymouth students and graduates through Student Jobs.

The types of vacancies you are able to advertise through this service include graduate jobs and schemes, casual or part-time roles, and short-term summer internships / placements.

As well as advertising your vacancy on our jobs board, we also promote on our social media and directly to students. We can offer interview space on campus and assistance with shortlisting candidates.

Placement and Graduate Career Fairs

Our placement and graduate career fairs are a superb way of meeting our students from a range of courses, raising your organisation's profile on the University campus and promoting your opportunities. Each year we see approximately 1,500 - 2,000 students attend, seeking placement and graduate opportunities.

Placement & Graduate Careers Fair (All sectors) | Tuesday 30 October 2018 | 11:00 - 15:00 | Bookings now open

Science & Engineering Placement & Graduate Careers Fair | Wednesday 7 November 2018 | 11:00 – 15:00 | Bookings now open

More information on our Placement & Graduate Career Fairs can be found in our useful information guide.

Part-Time Job Fairs

Each year the Careers & Employability Service, in partnership with Student Jobs, showcase two recruitment events for students looking for part-time work whilst they study. In October, our Part-time Jobs Fair welcomes local employers to promote both on and off campus opportunities and in March, we work in partnership with the students union volunteering department to bring a host of voluntary, local and national employers onto campus for our Summer Opportunities Fair. Having a student working part-time within your organisation can bring new ideas, enthusiasm and a fresh approach to your business needs. 

Part-time Jobs Fair | Wednesday 3 October 2018 | 11:00 - 15:00 | Bookings open soon

Summer Opportunities Fair | Wednesday 20 March 2019 | 11:00 - 15:00 | Bookings open soon

Student competitions

Our prestigious business development competition, FLUX, is a great way to meet dynamic and motivated students and offers you an exciting way to coach our students and identify potential candidates. We are always looking for employers to take part in this competition as judges and page 12 of our employer brochure details the format of each competition, the dates they are running and the benefits of being involved.

This year, the Careers & Employability Service are celebrating ten years of FLUX! If you are or know a University alumni who took part in FLUX whilst studying with us and you would like to return as a judge, please get in touch using the details at the top of this page. 

Employer Mentoring Programme

Since 2007 the Employer Mentoring Programme has worked with students from a widening participation background to raise awareness, aspirations and achievement, supporting the successful progression to higher education of groups that are otherwise under-represented.

We're always looking for enthusiastic mentors who'd like to take part in this mutually beneficial programme. We accept applicants from any job position in any industry and previous mentoring experience is not necessary. More information on the timescales, commitments and benefits of the mentoring programme is detailed on page 8 of our employer brochure or you can contact us on mentoring.careers@plymouth.ac.uk or +44 1752 582004.

Presentations, skills sessions, and drop-ins

Whether you're looking to raise your company's profile and opportunities or recruit for a particular role, presentations and drop-ins are a great way of providing you with direct access to a targeted cohort of students.

Skills sessions are a great way for employers to run a session to help our students develop skills in a particular topic. Previous sessions have included: Making your applications stand out, assessment centre success, commercial awareness, to name but a few.

The prime time for presenting is:

  • Semester 1: Monday 8 October - Friday 30 November 2018
  • Semester 2: Monday 4 February - Friday 5 April 2019

Contact us on +44 1752 587729 or email employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk to find out more. 

Employer mock interviews and assessment centres

We run a series of employer-led practice interviews and mock assessment centre days for our students to develop these skills, receive valuable feedback from employers and gain top tips for how to stand out from the crowd. We have found mock interviews to be a very popular activity for our students and they are a great way for you to meet students interested in your sector. 

If you would like to run competency based sessions open to students from across the University or industry specific sessions targeted to certain courses then please contact employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk or ring +44 1752 587729 to discuss further.

Work placements

We have a dedicated team of placement and employer liaison advisers, providing you access to our students' current knowledge and enthusiasm and giving you a fresh perspective on the talent available.

Information on what a placement is, the benefits of taking a student and details on how to advertise your vacancies and recruit our students are found on pages 18 and 19 of our employer brochure.

Use our interview space

We understand that interviewing potential graduates is not always possible at your place of work. That's why we offer you the opportunity to interview students on campus. Interview rooms can be arranged for you as well as the provision of a reception service for students and graduates.

For more details, see pages 20 and 21 of our employer brochure.

*Please note that this event is available to book online through SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey is a third-party data capture tool which is not owned or managed by the University of Plymouth. Information about how your data is treated can be found on SurveyMonkey’s Privacy Policy webpage. If you wish to attend this event but do not wish to use SurveyMonkey to book your place, please contact employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk.

Meet the campus-wide Careers & Employability team