Undergraduate first years

We know you have only just started at University, but it is never too late – or too early - to start to think about your next step, so that you can strategically focus in on the activities that give you the best opportunities to develop the skills and attributes that employers look for.

Explore your options by…

  • Going online with Careers Navigator and researching the career options with your subject
  • Thinking about yourself. What are your likes and dislikes? What are your strengths and interests, what are your areas of development or improvement? If you find this hard to do, why not talk to your personal tutor?
  • Attending careers events to learn about different careers and sectors that might be of interest to you – there could be a whole range of possibilities that you haven’t even thought of. These events are especially helpful if you are studying a non- vocational subject
  • Booking an appointment with a Careers Adviser to start to explore options.  We can help you to think about what your options are and how they compare to the skills and strengths that you have
  • Staying in touch by following us on Twitter and Facebook
  • Creating a CV and getting it checked by one of our advisers in the Careers and Employability Hub. Career Navigator has loads of examples and formats for CVs and our Accelerate workshops are interactive so you'll be able to ask questions and look at example CVs.

You will be given plenty of opportunity to understand your skills and build your employability skills and graduate attributes through your studies and modules but there are a whole host of other opportunities provided by the University and the Student Union that you can engage in to gain experiences that employers value.

To gain some experience we recommend that you...

  • Register with Student Jobs and consider getting a part time job
  • Join a sports club or society with the Students Union
  • Set up a LinkedIn account – we can help you with this in the Careers and Employability Hub in Roland Levinsky Building or you can book on to one of our Accelerate employability skills development workshops where we can help you with LinkedIn
  • Register with the Plymouth Award
  • Explore the Plymouth Extra catalogue of extra-curricular activities
  • Build your networks and attend the Autumn Careers Fairs
  • Volunteer through the Students Union - they have a great volunteering tool kit that you can download online
  • Why not get involved in raising and giving (RAG) activities with the Students Union - employers like to see how prospective employees support their local communities
  • Start thinking about getting a summer job or work experience – look out for the Autumn Jobs Fair in the first semester and the Summer Jobs Fair in the second semester.

Case study: Daniel Beattie – BA (Hons) Business Studies, Year 4

‘’I would encourage all students who want to improve their employability to get involved with as many Careers & Employability activities as possible to ensure they develop the skills that they need and to stand out in the graduate job market and increase their confidence as young professionals.’’