Careers and employability for health students

We offer a range of services designed to:

  • Support your career decision making and career planning.
  • Develop the employability skills and experience needed to succeed in employment or postgraduate study.  

Find out more about the services available below.

Visit the Careers Service.

Find out more about the services available

  • , myCareer Digital Resources
  • ) Nursing vacancies
  • . Job applications and interviews
  • A Careers advice and guidance

myCareer Digital Resources

myCareer Digital Resources is the University of Plymouth’s online careers and employability portal through which you can access a wide range of interactive resources and e-learning tools. 

Here you will find:

  • tools to build your CV and cover letter
  • interview advice and example questions
  • career articles and podcasts
  • self-assessment tools
  • live vacancies for part-time jobs, internships and graduate opportunities
  • e-learning tips and tutorials.

Nursing vacancies

In line with the direction of travel towards more integrated, home and community-based services, opportunities are increasing for newly qualified nurses to enter the profession in a range of community settings. At the same time, acute hospital settings continue to offer many opportunities.

NHS jobs is the key website for vacancies across the NHS, including independent and private sector organisations delivering NHS services. Note that some providers do not always advertise on NHS jobs, so if you have a particular employer in mind you should monitor their website and / or follow them on social media to keep informed of vacancies.

The following websites also contain job listings for nurses:

When should I apply?

Job opportunities are advertised throughout the year, but some organisations target their recruitment at specific times to attract cohorts of newly qualified nurses. The periods April – June and October – December are often when large scale recruitment takes place, though this will vary across providers. It is useful to monitor the websites of larger employers at these times and keep an eye on the NHS jobs website.

Job vacancies have traditionally been aimed at stage 3 students, but some employers are starting to accept applications from students in stage 2.

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Student making an application

Job applications and interviews

There is some useful guidance on completing applications and interviews on NHS jobs. In particular, the importance of providing examples of where you have demonstrated the criteria in the ‘person specification’ cannot be overstated. 

Please also see the guidance from RCN on applications and preparing for interviews

You can find more resources on CVs, application forms and interview skills on myCareer Digital Resources. These include: 

  • a ‘CV builder’ to get your CV started
  • video clips on how to complete successful applications and interviews
  • an interview simulator to enable you to practice your own interview technique.

Book an appointment

The Careers Service is based at the Plymouth campus and is your one-stop-shop for careers information, advice and guidance support.

You can book an appointment to discuss your career plans in depth with a careers adviser by phoning us on the number below.

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

Careers service
Student Hub
Charles Seale-Hayne Library
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Standard term-time opening times: Monday to Thursday from 8:30–17:00 Friday 09:30–16:30

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