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:
Applications for many graduate schemes open in the autumn semester for positions starting the following summer and may close as early as November, so make sure you research application deadlines for any employers you are interested in. Check opportunities on Milkround, Prospects, Targetjobs and Gradcracker (for Science and Technology roles) and also register for Careers Zone 24/7 to access vacancies with local SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).
Complete the ‘CareerSmart: Engage’ e-learning module to help you develop essential skills to succeed in the graduate recruitment process.
Set up a LinkedIn profile if you don’t have one yet. LinkedIn is an essential networking and job-hunting tool, which enables you to connect with potential employers as well as individuals who may be able to offer you an insight into your chosen sector and provide important advice to aid your job-hunting and career planning. In a 2017 employer survey, 78% of recruiters said they had made a hire through social media, the vast majority via LinkedIn, so don’t miss out and get networking! Book onto one of our LinkedIn workshops or webinars running regularly throughout the academic year, or follow the step-by-step advice to setting up your profile on LinkedIn.
Considering postgraduate study?
Research courses online on Find a Masters or universities’ own websites, and attend open days to help you decide on the course that’s right for you. Our factsheets on applying for Masters and PhDs, which you can download from the resources page, provide further information about the application process and what makes an effective personal statement for postgraduate course applications.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Careers Team helped me to adapt my CV so it was succinct and clearly evidenced my strengths and ambitions. I would suggest all students speak to the Careers Team prior to applying for positions in any field (not just the legal field) so they can get a sense of what recruiters look for and can then play on their key strengths to obtain the best position.
As I had no experience in applying for Masters courses, I was unsure on what universities usually look for in successful candidates. I wrote a number of drafts of my personal statement and booked an appointment with one of the employability advisers, who read through my statement making important suggestions on how to approve it and make it suitable for a Masters application. This was extremely useful as I was given tips on what kind of things universities look for in postgraduate applications and certain things I could add or take away to enhance the quality of my application.
The support from the Careers Team was very valuable. I had an individual consultation with a careers adviser and was able to discuss the potential career paths after completing my degree. At the end of my time at LJMU, the Careers Team also provided essential support with my CV and applications. I was shortlisted for an interview for a mental health rehabilitation worker, and the Team gave me the opportunity to complete a mock interview tailored specifically to the job. This was great preparation for future interviews.
When applying for my MSc in Management of Intellectual Property, I had very little experience in law, so was a bit lost as to what to include in my CV and personal statement. The employability adviser thoroughly reviewed my CV and personal statement, making specific comments and suggestions for how I could improve both. This was extremely useful, as the advisers from the Careers Team know which skills or attributes universities are looking for in prospective students.