Returning to LJMU?
Welcome back! Having completed your undergraduate degree at LJMU, you’re probably already familiar with the Careers Team, and we’re here to support you again throughout your postgraduate course at LJMU with any questions about your career and employability. If you haven’t used our support during your undergraduate studies, it’s worth visiting your nearest Careers Zone to pick up any useful information about careers relating to your Masters course.
New to LJMU?
Welcome to LJMU! To help you settle in and make the most of available support across the university, ensure you check the LJMU and JMSU (Students' Union) websites. The Careers Team can support you to achieve your career ambitions and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events, or head to your nearest Careers Zone to meet some of our advisers who are happy to discuss any questions with you. Also check out the useful information on the Careers Team website, sign up to our blog for useful careers information, event reviews and news updates, and follow us Twitter and Facebook.
Postgraduate study is demanding, but make time for working on your career planning and employability this year too:
- Networking for success
Having a strong network is important to secure your dream job, and the Careers Team organise a number of employer visits and events throughout the academic year to allow you to meet professionals from a range of industries. Keep an eye on our event pages and your LJMU inbox for information about upcoming events. Registering with relevant professional bodies, following key individuals or organisations on social media, and creating a LinkedIn account will provide you with additional networking opportunities.
- Strengthen your CV
Studying towards a postgraduate qualification demonstrates a strong commitment to your chosen career. Ideally, this is complemented by relevant work experience on your CV. If you haven’t undertaken any relevant placements or volunteering during your undergraduate course, now’s the time to strengthen your CV, so you can impress employers with both your academic achievements and your experience! Speak to one of our careers or employability advisers if you need any tips or support with this.
- Interested in PhD research?
If you’d like to take your studies and research to the next level and are considering a PhD, speak to your lecturers to find out about any upcoming opportunities within your department. Also research funded PhD studentships on websites like Find a PhD or Jobs.ac.uk. Our factsheet on PhDs, which you can download from the Careers Team website, provides further information about available options and the application process.
How we can help:
- 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 comprehensive advice on selling the higher-level skills you are developing on your Masters and producing a well-tailored CV or personal statement, book an appointment with an Employability Adviser by calling into your nearest Careers Zone or phoning us on 0151 231 2048/3719.
- Unsure of your career options? You can arrange a meeting with your Careers Adviser by dropping into one of the Careers Zones or calling the Careers Team on 0151 231 2048/3719.
Even though I am an ex-recruitment consultant and have run CV workshops before, I attended several CV sessions as you can never get enough advice. I also undertook a mock interview to get some feedback for a competency-based interview. I knew I interviewed well, and thought the mock interview wouldn’t help that much, but I would advise anyone to get this excellent support whilst they can. The LJMU Careers Adviser really knew his stuff regarding competency-based interviewing and I definitely benefitted from the support. Remember you need to interview to a high standard every time you want a new job or promotion.
I have benefited immensely from my participation in legal extracurricular activities. This has provided invaluable networking opportunities by allowing me exposure to legal professionals. Alongside this, mooting, ADR and debating competitions, have not only allowed me to develop my public speaking skills, but have proven themselves a fantastic way of demonstrating commitment to my future career path.
I was recommended to seek support from the Careers Team by a peer and decided to utilise their expertise before applying for the 12-week placement we complete as part of our MSc. Although my initial CV included all my relevant education and work experience information, I was pleasantly surprised at the vast improvements I was able to make following my meeting with one of the employability advisers. I also sought help with my covering letter to ensure I was able to express my full range of skills to the employer, and close to the completion of my MSc, I was also given extensive help with job applications. This allowed me to secure interviews, both for placement and employment opportunities. I was also given lots of helpful information on how to prepare for interviews and how to answer potential questions.