Employer engagement opportunities

Attracting the Brightest Talent

From networking evenings and career fairs to employer mentoring and competitions, the Careers & Employability Service offers dozens of ways in which employers from a wide range of sectors can engage with 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. Sign up to our employer newsletter to receive the latest updates and information. 

Employer newsletter

Launching soon, our employer newsletter will be delivered to your email inbox quarterly to update you with the latest opportunities to engage with our students, raise the profile of your organisation on our campus, and includes information on upcoming events and good news stories from across the university. 

Register your interest now to ensure you receive our first issue launching summer 2017. 

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 & graduate career fairs

Our placement and graduate career fairs are a superb way of meeting students from a range of courses, raising your organisation's profile on the Plymouth 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 sector) – Tuesday 31 October 2017, 11:00 – 15:00 (Bookings closed)
  • STEM Careers Fair – Wednesday 8 November 2017, 11:00 – 15:00 (Bookings closed)

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 4 October 2017, 11:00 - 15:00 (Bookings closed)
  • Summer Opportunities Fair - Wednesday 21 March 2018, 11:00 - 15:00

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 pages 12 and 13 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 10 years of FLUX! If you are or know a Plymouth 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 and skills sessions

Whether you're looking to raise your company's profile and opportunities or recruit for a particular role, presentations 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:

  • Monday 9 October - Friday 24 November 2017
  • Monday 5 February - Friday 23 March 2018

Contact us on +44(0)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.


Meet the campus-wide Careers & Employability team