Level 6

Final Year

As you are coming towards the end of your undergraduate degree, it is important that you spend some time planning your next steps, whether they involve a graduate job, postgraduate study and research, or setting up your own business. You have a busy year ahead of you, but with a bit of planning ahead, you will be able to manage your job or postgraduate applications effectively alongside your academic work. If you haven’t researched your careers options yet, don’t panic! It’s never too late to start planning your next steps, and there’s plenty of help available from the Careers Team:

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Disability Confident scheme

Look for employers who are members of the Disability Confident scheme – their job adverts will display the ‘disability confident’ symbol, which has replaced the ‘two ticks’ from the previous ‘Positive about disabled people’ scheme. These employers have made positive commitments to recruiting applicants with a disability or long-term health condition. You can view a list of employers who have signed up to the scheme on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-confident-employers-that-have-signed-up

There are five parts to this commitment:

  • inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • communicating vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • providing workplace adjustments
  • supporting existing employees.

Mindful Employer charter

Another initiative is the Mindful Employer charter, which recognises employers who are working towards better mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Signatories to the charter agree to provide support to staff experiencing mental ill-health and to ensure they are fair in the recruitment of new staff. Further information is available on https://www.mindfulemployer.dpt.nhs.uk/our-charter

Business Disability Forum (BDF)

You could also check whether the employer is registered with the Business Disability Forum (BDF). This organisation provides a wide range of support to businesses in relation to recruitment and retention of disabled employees, services to disabled customers and development of partnerships with disabled people.  It aims to improve the job prospects of disabled people by making it easier for employers to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees. Companies that are members are likely to have a positive attitude towards employing people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. You can view their membership directory on https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/membership/members 

Organisations committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

Additional signs that an organisation is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion can include:

  • Recruitment information and application forms are provided in alternative formats.
  • Images on their website and recruitment information feature employees from diverse backgrounds.
  • The organisation has various staff groups/networks with different equality and diversity themes, e.g. a group for staff with disabilities and long-term health conditions.
  • The employer’s equality, diversity and inclusion policy is easy to find on their website.
  • Flexible working arrangements, including working from home, are offered across the organisation.
  • The organisation actively aims to recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds, for example by advertising their vacancies on accessible job boards like Evenbreak and Vercida.

Employee reviews posted on sites like Glassdoor, Indeed or The Job Crowd can also provide an insight into a company’s working culture, or you could contact employees of organisations of interest to you directly via LinkedIn. Meeting employers, e.g. at recruitment fairs or careers events both at LJMU and online, also gives you opportunities to interact with staff from different organisations and ask questions about their employers’ diversity and inclusion strategies.

Interested in running your own business?

Whether you want to develop a new business idea, launch a service, work as a freelancer or grow an existing business, LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship can provide you with free, confidential and professionally-accredited business advice.

LJMU Connect

Keep your contact details up-to-date on LJMU Connect so you can be contacted for the Graduate Outcomes Survey, a national survey which gathers information about the activities and viewpoints of graduates 15 months after you have finished your studies. Your response to the survey is very important, as it provides prospective students with an insight into potential career destinations and enables the Careers Team to offer tailored careers advice.

How we can help:

  • The Careers Team and faculty-based employer liaison staff organise a number of recruitment fairs and employer events for different schools and faculties throughout the academic year, where you can meet employers and find out more about their graduate opportunities. Keep an eye on our event pages and your LJMU inbox for information about upcoming events. We will also email you about the dates of the Liverpool and Manchester graduate recruitment fairs.
  • Our Careers Zone 24/7 range of digital careers tools give you the opportunity to practise psychometric tests and assessment exercises. You can also get yourself interview-ready with our interview simulator.
  • For expert advice on tailoring your CV or personal statement to individual  Book an appointment with an Employability Adviser for a CV or application review by calling into your nearest Careers Zone or phoning us on 0151 231 2048/3719.
  • Join our Coaching programme which is available during the summer for students graduating that year.  For more information email kickstart@ljmu.ac.uk.

Did you know?

As an LJMU graduate, you enjoy lifetime careers support! After finishing your course, you are still able to access support from the Careers Team, such as speaking to one of our Careers or Employability Advisers or attending any of our careers workshops, webinars or employer events.