FAQs

FAQs

Commonly asked questions

1. About the service, making appointments and booking workshops

What services does the Careers Team offer?

We run the World of Work Skills Certificate Process (WSCP), deliver careers and employability workshops, one-to-one advice and guidance appointments with Careers Advisers and Employability Advisers, deliver careers and employability sessions within faculties and within careers modules, organise employer presentations and “Get That Job” days (with assistance from schools and faculties), and liaise with external contacts who may act as verifiers in the WSCP. We also run other programmes such as An Introduction to the World of Work Skills Certificate for Summer Semester students and employability programmes for postgraduate researchers and early contract researchers.

Where are the Careers Zones located?

The Careers Zones are located at  Aldham Robarts Library, Byrom Street and IM Marsh Library.

When are the Careers Zones open?

They are open 9am – 5pm. Please note that we are not open at weekends.

Who can use the centre?

Access to our facilities and all services (information, advice and guidance, workshops, vacancy website etc) is available free of charge to LJMU students and graduates for life. Graduates from other Universities are also welcome to use some of our services, subject to availability – see next point for further details.

I graduated from another university, can i use the centre?

Graduates from other Universities who are within one year of graduation are welcome to use some of our services (information, advice and workshops) subject to availability. Graduates from other Universities more than one year after their graduation may access our information and workshops subject to availability. Please note that priority is given to LJMU graduates.

How do I make an appointment?

To book an appointment with a Careers Adviser or Employability Adviser, call in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street or the Aldham Robarts Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 8099 (option 1). When you book an appointment you will be advised whether you need to see a Careers Adviser or an Employability Adviser (if you are not sure what the difference is between the two roles).

Can I have a practice or mock interview?

Yes, you can - to book one please phone 0151 231 2048/3719. Please note that you need to book in advance for these (a minimum of three days), so phone as soon as you realise that you would like one.

Who is my Careers Adviser?

Each faculty has a designated Careers Adviser, they are as follows:

Faculty of Arts, Professional & Social Studies: Steve Burbage (Business School & School of Law), Gary Douglas (Humanities & Social Sciences), Liz Harrison (Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool Screen School).

Faculty of Education, Health and the Community: Linda Graham (School of Education, School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition) and Hayley Fallon (School of Nursing and Allied Health, Institute for Public Health)

Faculty of Sciences: Laura Aldridge (School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, School of Sport and Exercise Science) and Hayley Fallon (School of Natural Sciences and Psychology).

Faculty of Engineering & Technology: Andy Byrne

NB: When booking an appointment to see a Careers Adviser, we will always try to book you with the designated adviser. However, if the rota for your designated adviser does not suit you, then you may be booked in with a different adviser who will still be able to offer you general careers advice and guidance.

How do I book a place to attend a careers workshop or employer presentation?

To book a place on one of our events, please use the events booking system. If you have not used it before, you will need to register: Access our booking system

Can I speak to someone about changing or leaving my course?

Yes, you need to book an appointment to see a Careers Adviser so that they can help you think about the issues that you need to consider when you are making your decision. To book an appointment with a Careers Adviser, call in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street or the Aldham Robarts Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 2048/3719. It is also advisable to talk to your personal tutor before you make your final decision and to Student Advice (0151 904 6056/6057) to understand any funding issues that may arise.

Where can I find information for international students?

Gary Douglas is the Careers Adviser with special responsibility for International Students. You can phone 0151 231 8099 (option 1) to book an appointment with him.

The Prospects website also has a section of the site which is dedicated to international students


Can I get feedback on my CV/covering letter/application form/personal statement?

Yes, you need to see an Employability Adviser for a 30 minute appointment where you will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement. To book an appointment with an Employability Adviser, call in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street or the Aldham Robarts Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 8099 (option 1).

Can I get feedback on my personal statement for postgraduate study?

Yes, you need to see an Employability Adviser for a 30 minute appointment where you will receive feedback and suggestions for improvement. To book an appointment with an Employability Adviser, call in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street or the Aldham Robarts Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 8099 (option 1).

Do you offer advice or guidance by e-mail?

Our eGuidance system is currently unavailable due to technical issues. If you are in need of careers support, please call into your nearest Careers Zone, which are based at Aldham Robarts Library, James Parsons Building or IM Marsh Library (Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon) . In the Careers Zones you can directly access a range of careers information, advice and guidance as well as getting hands on support with developing your CV and application processes.  Alternatively call 0151 231 2048/3719 if you are unable to make it into a Careers Zone.

Do you offer telephone appointments with a Careers Adviser?

We understand that it is not always easy to come in for an appointment, so we are able to offer your Careers Adviser appointment by phone in exceptional circumstances. Please note, it is easier to talk through your queries face-to-face as we may be recommending particular websites, for example, that are quite difficult to follow over the phone.

2. Careers workshops, webinars, events and employer talks

What workshops, webinars, events and talks do you offer?

We run a variety of workshops. For a list of workshops that will prepare you for the world of work, please click here

How do I book a place to attend a careers workshop or employer presentation?

We have our own online Event Booking system, where you can view details of all forthcoming events and book yourself a place. You will need to register with the system the first time you use it, but it’s free and only takes a minute.

Access our Event Booking System


Who delivers the careers workshops?

We have an experienced and specialised team of Trainers and Careers Advisers who deliver our workshops, ensuring that they are engaging and interactive.

Where are the careers workshops delivered?

Most workshops are delivered in school buildings. Employer events and talks often take place within the faculties. Please check the venue when you register to attend the workshop

I cannot log on/remember my password?

You can have your password reset, please contact the Careers Teamto have it reset: 0151 231 8099 (option 2).

3. World of Work Skills Certificate

What is the World of Work Skills Certificate?

The World of Work Skills Certificate is an employer-backed and employer-verified certificate available only to LJMU students, developed in partnership with leading employers such as Airbus, the NHS, Tate Liverpool, Ford Europe, GKN Aerospace, Marks and Spencer, Siemens and Sony. It’s a unique, extra certificate which will help you stand out in the competitive graduate recruitment market, freely available to all current LJMU students.

How do I achieve a World of Work Skills Certificate?

It’s simple but effective. To achieve the World of Work Skills Certificate you need to:

  • Write a personal statement demonstrating that you meet all the World of Work skills criteria for the three skill areas Self Awareness, Organisational Awareness and Making Things Happen. You can do this in three stages – Bronze, Silver and Gold - spread out over your time at LJMU. Students on undergraduate programmes will complete the Bronze stage during level 4 (1st year).
  • Successfully complete an interview with an employer, arranged by the Careers Team, from, whenever possible, your chosen employment sector.

How do I get started with the World of Work Skills Certificate?

If you are an undergraduate student starting at Level 4 from September 2012, you will be automatically registered on the process.

Other students need to register by going to the Careers website

This will enrol you on a dedicated Blackboard module within 4 working days, where you can access all the information and resources you will need.


What is a good World of Work Skills statement?

We would recommend that you download the World of Work Skills Certificate Process Handbooks from the World of Work Skills Certificate module on Blackboard. These explain how your statement is scored and also includes a step-by-step guide to the individual criteria you have to address for each stage (Part 1 is on the Bronze stage and the Self Awareness criteria; Part 2 is about the Silver stage - Organisational Awareness and the Gold stage - Making Things Happen). Each handbook includes useful pointers regarding what we expect you to cover for each criterion as well as examples for each of the criteria to give you a better idea of what we are looking for.

A good statement would address all of the criteria for the respective stage, i.e. all the Self Awareness criteria for your Bronze statement, and provide adequate or strong evidence for all of the criteria. We appreciate that you may not have strong or adequate evidence for all of the sections, so if you have scored an insufficient or weak score on any of the sections, the feedback you will get and the examples in the handbook will give you a better idea of how to tackle similar questions next time. In order to progress to the employer interview at the end of the process, you would need to address all of the criteria in your Gold statement on project management adequately. If your Gold statement does not achieve adequate or strong scores on all of the criteria, you will get another opportunity to resubmit it after you have made some changes based on the feedback you were given. Once you have addressed all of the criteria for the Gold statement at least adequately, you are ready to progress to the interview stage.

Please note that this also includes the criterion on the standard of English, so your statement as a whole needs to be written to a standard that would be acceptable to employers, i.e. no spelling mistakes, typos or grammatical errors. The feedback is focused on helping you develop your skills of selling yourself to potential employers both on paper and in a potential interview situation. It is based on how well you have addressed each of the individual criteria and the quality of the evidence you have provided.


How many times can I submit a World of Work Skills statement?

The Bronze, Silver and Gold stages of the process are formative, so you submit the statement and receive detailed feedback from us, to complete each stage. Our feedback will tell you how well you have addressed the list of criteria, what areas you could improve further and will also discuss the standard of your written English.

You will only be eligible to progress to the final employer interview stage of the process if your Gold statement achieves adequate or strong scores for all of the criteria. If your first submission doesn’t do this, you have two further opportunities to resubmit, so that you can reflect on our feedback and revise your statement before resubmitting.

The whole process is a dry run for the graduate recruitment process, giving you a unique opportunity to develop skills of selling yourself to potential employers, both on paper and in a potential interview situation.


How can I book an appointment for help with my World of Work Skills statement?

For advice on completing your statement you can book an appointment with an Employability Adviser by calling in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street or the Aldham Robarts Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 8099 (option 1).

How do I submit my World of Work Skills statement?

All statements must be submitted online, via Blackboard:

  • Level 4 students - the Bronze stage is embedded in one of your core modules, so this is done via a second offering of your core module in Blackboard, which contains all the World of Work Bronze content and the assignment link. This second offering has the same code and title as your core module, but with ~WB at the end of the code. You will be given full details of this at the scheduled World of Work Bronze delivery session.
  • Level 5, 6 and postgraduate students – first you need to register (see above) to be enrolled on a World of Work Skills Certificate Blackboard module, which contains the content and assignment links for all stages.

What value is the skills certificate process to me?

The process has the potential to be of great value to you. One benefit of undertaking the World of Work Skills Certificate is that it gives you a practice run at writing a statement to a set of criteria – which usually happens when you are applying for jobs. It encourages you to think about your strengths, values, organisational awareness, and how to articulate these effectively. You will be expected to write effective applications if you are to be successful in the job market, and this process helps you practice this skill. The interview at the end of the process is invaluable for all students but particularly those who have never had an interview, or have always gained part time work through contacts, and therefore never been in a formal interview situation.

Who marks my statement?

Statements are marked by a team of experienced markers, who are drawn both internally and externally.

When will I receive my feedback?

Feedback is made available 3 weeks after the submission deadline or date of collection.

  • Level 4 students – Please check with your Programme Leader for details of which of your modules includes the World of Work Bronze and then refer to your Module Handbook for details of the Bronze submission deadline. Your feedback will be available 3 weeks after this date.
  • Level 5, 6 and postgraduate students – Statements are collected at the end of each month – please see your Blackboard module for full details of collection dates. Feedback is available 3 weeks after the date of the collection.

How do I check my feedback and mark for a compulsory submission?

Your tutor will inform you by email when marks/feedback are available for a piece of coursework.

1. Once you receive the email, log in to Blackboard and select the module you submitted coursework to

2. Click on the ‘Tools’ option in the module menu

3. Click on ‘My Grades’

4. You will be provided with a list of assignments for your module. Click on the FB link next to the completed coursework.

5. Before you receive your mark you will need to read any feedback documents or comments attached in step 3, and then reflect on how you will improve your work in the future in step 4

Please note: any reflective comments you add are for your own reference only. These comments are not recorded or sent to your lecturer.

6. After entering your reflective comments into the box, click submit.

7. Click OK to view your marks and feedback online. Your feedback and marks are available to view in step 3 – Feedback from Lecturer.


Who do I give my reflective sheets to?

If you have completed a statement and have also had to write a reflective sheet in response to the feedback you received, then these sheets should be given to your Module Leader.

4. Work with employers

What contacts do you have with employers?

Our Brokerage team works to build relations with employers in order for them to deliver talks and events, to participate on the World of Work Skills Certificate Process as a verifier, and to send vacancies for our vacancy website. Employers also have input at the level of our Advisory Board which meets regularly to advise and guide the implementation of our work

Can you put me in contact with employers for a job?

Any jobs that we receive go onto our My Jobs & Placements website In order to access these vacancies you need to register to use the site.

5. Work Experience/Getting jobs

I would like some relevant experience, where do I start?

Our My Jobs & Placements website has a variety of jobs listed, including work experience. The most valuable work experience is experience which will enhance your CV. So, think carefully about how you want to spend your time, and how to go about getting relevant work experience. You can make speculative applications to companies or organisations that you would like to work for; also voluntary work (e.g. do-it.org) is a good place to start and build up relevant experience.

I need to find a placement, what should I do?

See if your school has a placement officer appointed, and find out from this person if they have a list of placements or if they have a list of employers who have previously taken students on for a placement. You can look on the vacancy site to see if any placements have been advertised, you can also look on individual company websites to see if they have advertised any placements. Finally, you can take the initiative yourself and send out speculative letters to organisations that you would like to work for

6. Postgraduate and further study

I want to apply for a postgraduate course, what should i be thinking about?

You need to have a career plan / goal in mind to ensure that the reasons for undertaking further study fit in with your longer term career aspirations. It is too easy to fall into undertaking further study without having a clear idea of what career you wish to go into. You also need to think about how you are going to fund your course. The Prospects website has useful information on postgraduate funding You can also pick up a copy of the funding guide from a Careers Zone.

I am applying for a postgraduate course, is there anyone to help me with a statement?

Yes, you can book to see an Employability Adviser who will look over your statement and give you some feedback on how to improve the statement. To book an appointment, call in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street or the Aldham Robarts Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 8099 (option 1).

I would like to do a PhD, where can I look, or how should I start this process?

If you are interested in doing a PhD then you need to be academically capable and highly motivated to complete a lengthy piece of research. Be realistic – have you got the right degree classification? If you haven’t, then no matter how much you want to do a PhD, more likely than not you will be outdone by candidates who have a better degree. Have you got a research project in mind, or will you be looking to apply for a studentship where the outline of a project has already been designed for you? If you have a research project in mind which is already supported by a potential PhD supervisor, then you would probably be applying for a studentship with one of the research councils in order to undertake your chosen project. This is a very competitive process, so you will need to have a supportive supervisor and a proposal that will stand up to rigorous investigation at the application process. It is also helpful to understand your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and what your career options are after the PhD. Do you need a PhD to get into the career of your choice? Undertaking a PhD is both rewarding and exhausting, and you need to be fully committed before you decide to follow this route. PhD research studentships are advertised in www.jobs.ac.uk, The Guardian (the education section on Tuesday), The Times Higher Education Supplement, and www.findaphd.com .You may also feel that you need to complete a masters degree before embarking on a PhD, and this is a common route to take. An extra year of study with a substantial dissertation at the end will only serve to clarify if this is the route for you.

7. International Students

Where can I get information on work visas?

The Prospects website has information on work visas for international students Student Advice has an international welfare adviser who may have information on this issue.

8. Careers information - general

What are the options with my subject?

To learn what options you have with your subject, visit the Prospects website and choose your course of study for suggested roles that you could go into

Where can I find careers-related information?

A number of leaflets and booklets can be collected from the Careers Zones; these include our new LJMU Career Planning Guide, Prospects publications, RealWorld magazines, and any literature that we may be sent from employers. A great deal of information is available online. The Prospects website will have all the information on their site that is available in hardcopy form. Similarly, Target Jobs also have their magazines online.

9. Careers information - Faculty of Arts, Professional & Social Studies

What are the options with my subject?

To learn what options you have with your subject, visit the Prospects website and choose your course of study for suggested roles that you could go into

10. Careers information - School of Law

I am looking for relevant work experience, what should I do and how can I find it?

  1. There are a number of organisations that offer Pro Bono work e.g. Law Centres and the Citizens Advice Bureau- this can be a great way of developing your legal experience and can significantly improve your chances of obtaining paid legal employment.
  2. You could make speculative applications with a CV/covering letter to law firms using the ‘find a solicitor’ facility on the Law Society websitefind a solicitor.
  3. You may want to consider a placement or a vacation scheme in a business/commercial environment. This would be advantageous if you are interested in commercial law, as many commercial firms offering training contracts state that commercial/business awareness and experience gives candidates a significant advantage when applying to them.
  4. Many law firms offer vacation schemes/internships. Check relevant legal websites and publications such as the Training Contract and Pupillage Handbook (copies are available at the law school office), Target Law etc. Also www.lawcareers.net have a useful list of closing dates for vacation schemes on their website.
  5. Approach agencies who deal with legal work (a list of relevant recruitment agencies is available on request). Work may be clerical initially; however, as your experience develops this can lead onto paralegal work (also a great networking opportunity).

NB link Careers Adviser for Law (Stephen Burbage) would be more than happy to send you details regarding relevant websites (both generic and legal) that advertise opportunities in the above areas.

I want to apply for a training contract, what should I be doing now?

You need to understand the entry requirements and recruitment process. As a rule the larger firms tend to ask for high UCAS points and a 2.1 minimum, while the small and medium sized firms are usually more flexible regarding degree classification and UCAS points. The size of the firm affects how they recruit - larger firms recruit 2 years ahead while smaller / medium sized firms recruit as and when they need someone (they will often recruit LPC students and recent LPC graduates, and it is also not unusual for such firms to recruit you as a paralegal first before offering you a training contract). There are also many other firms / organisations, outside of private legal practice, who offer training contracts e.g. Law Centres, Government Legal Service, local government and companies/other organisations that have their own in-house legal departments-the following are examples of North West companies/organisations that were authorised to take trainees (as at 8/8/11); Co-operative Financial Services Limited, Four Seasons Healthcare, Littlewoods Limited, Merseytravel, National Youth Advocacy Service, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers and the University of Manchester. As you can see there are a lot of potential options. The link Careers Adviser for Law (Stephen Burbage) has produced a guide called ‘where to look for training contracts’ which outlines in far more detail the options available to you – you can request this by contacting the Careers Team.

What should I include in a personal statement for an LPC application?

The key is to follow the guidance notes relevant to the personal statement stage/section. That said it is recommended that you cover the following:-

  1. Your reasons/motivations for wanting to become a solicitor.
  2. Relevant skills/qualities/work experience-work experience doesn’t have to be legal to be relevant, for example, if you have had work experience that is commercial/business in nature then this would be highly relevant if you wanted to work for a commercial law firm OR if you had experience of working with disadvantaged groups in a social/welfare context this would be relevant to the work of a practice/organisation that deals mainly with social welfare law.
  3. What area(s) of law would you like to specialise in? What type of firm/organisation would you like to work for? Where do you see yourself in say 5 years time?

I want to do an LPC what should I be doing next

Choosing the right LPC course/provider can be a very difficult (and sometimes confusing) process. The following information/guidance may help-

  1. All LPC courses are inspected/validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) so they all provide a good standard of legal vocational education
  2. Course price is no indicator of quality/employment prospects
  3. When choosing an LPC you will need to take into account a number of factors such as; price, electives (they do differ), facilities, links with the legal community

What other career options have I got with a law degree?

Becoming a solicitor or barrister is not the only available career path following an LLB. There are many other options available to you with a law degree which might be worth considering. Around two thirds of graduate vacancies are open to graduates of any discipline and some of these opportunities relate very well to the skills/knowledge that you have developed during your LLB e.g. trading standards officer, HR manager, trade mark attorney, social work, police officer, probation officer-and much more! For further advice/information please contact the link Careers Adviser for Law Stephen Burbage.

11. Careers information - Faculty of Education, Health & Community

What are the options with my subject?

To learn what options you have with your subject, visit the Prospects website and choose your course of study for suggested roles that you could go into

12. Careers information - Faculty of Science

What are the options with my subject?

To learn what options you have with your subject, visit the Prospects website and choose your course of study for suggested roles that you could go into

I am interested in finding out more about graduate entry to the Army/RAF/Marines/Navy

You should visit the Armed Forces Careers Office in Liverpool, in the first instance. This can be found at North John Street, Liverpool, LS 4SA (or telephone 0151 236 1866). You can also book in to see a Careers Adviser but it is a good idea for you use the specialist service at the Armed Forces Careers Office.

I would like to know more about applying to graduate entry dentistry and medicine courses

You can attend the workshop about this which runs three times a year (keep an eye on the LJMU events website and your LJMU e-mails). However, if you prefer not to wait for the next workshop then please book an individual appointment with Laura Aldridge. You also need to be aware that you may have to sit the additional entrance tests which some Medical Schools require (the BMAT, GAMAT or UKCAT tests) the summer before you apply to medicine courses via UCAS. The deadline for applications to medicine courses via UCAS is the 15th October.

You can find a list of graduate courses in medicine and dentistry by doing a course search on the UCAS website. It is also very important to check the academic entry requirements carefully for each of the universities who offer the four year course in medicine or dentistry. This is because entry requirements can vary considerably between different universities. Therefore it is best to check this out by visiting each university’s website or by checking with admissions staff directly.


How do I find more about IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Theories) Courses?

Firstly please consult the IAPT website for general information about how the IAPT profession and the kind of job opportunities available.

LJMU runs a post-graduate certificate in IAPT and the Programme Leader is Karen Rea so you can contact her directly. Further details of IAPT courses at other universities can be found on the BABCP website

Jobs with the IAPT field tend to be advertised under the title of ‘Wellbeing Practitioner’ on the NHS Jobs website. Some of these jobs may require experience or qualifications as outlined on the job specifications.

If you wish to discuss your query in more depth, you can make an appointment with Laura Aldridge. Also regularly check the Events System for events for psychology students as there may be related events available for example about working in clinical psychology.


How do I find out about the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP)?

Information about the NHS Scientist Training Programme and how to apply for it is on the NHS Careers Website

You need to keep an eye on this website for details of when and where the STP vacancies will be advertised. In 2011-12, students had to apply for STP vacancies in February of their final year. It is possible for you to ring NHS Careers on 0345 60 60655 and to register your interest in the STP programme.

If you are applying to the STP vacancies you should be aware that there are a very high number of applicants per vacancy; therefore it is important to look at other options as well. You can see Laura Aldridge to discuss other options for getting laboratory experience.


How do I find out about Masters courses in occupational therapy or physiotherapy?

Please refer to the appropriate professional association websites where you can find details of recognised Masters courses listed, i.e.

13. Careers information - School of the Built Environment

How do I find out who the main recruiters are for graduates from my course?

There are many ways to source who the main recruiters are from your course. When you are in your first and second year you can be exploring the graduate vacancies to see who typically recruits graduates and also who offers placement opportunities. Work experience is extremely important as it can give you an insight into a role you may be undertaking in the future and can demonstrate to an employer how motivated you are and what skills you possess. Work experience can also provide a great opportunity to network with professionals and seek out information about possible future job roles. Employers will regularly visit the university to deliver information sessions either as part of your course or in a session arranged by the Careers Team. Other sources of vacancies include:

Students and graduates can also book an appointment with the Careers Adviser who is linked to the School of the Built Environment, Andy Byrne, to discuss who the main employers are, how they recruit students and graduates and also examples of employers who have recruited previous graduates from your course.


When are the closing dates for applications for graduate roles?

The graduate recruitment process will commence from the start of the new academic term in September. Not all employers will open their scheme for applications at this time so it is important to register on their website for updates if possible so you can find out as soon as they are ready to receive applications. The earliest deadline dates are within Real Estate organisations who typically have closing dates from November onwards. Most closing dates will be between November and February but as construction is project based employers may have vacancies arising at any time after this as well.

I've heard of the APC, what is it?

All of the degree courses within the School of the Built Environment are accredited by the relevant professional body. The Assessment of Professional Competence is the route that graduates from surveying courses take to become a Chartered Surveyor within the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). An employer will usually support you through this process over a minimum of 24 months and in many cases will expect you to undertake it. The objective is to ensure you are competent to practise and consists of a period of structured training and a final assessment interview. Other Professional Bodies are listed below and have similar professional accreditation schemes:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)

14. Careers information - School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

What types of vacancies are available to me when I graduate?

There are a large range of opportunities available for IT graduates from a wide range of employers. These organisations can basically be broken down into two groups: IT companies such as IBM, HP etc. and companies who use IT. This last group can mean any company with more than a handful of staff who will have some sort of IT function and may need hardware, software, network or web support. As a result companies from a wide range of sectors recruit IT graduates from large supermarkets to schools and universities to engineering and construction companies. The larger employers will offer graduate training schemes which usually involve a period of training and development of between 12 months and two years. The key is to research positions early and to explore placement opportunities in your second year. Closing dates for graduate roles can be as early as December in your final year.

How do I find out information about typical employers?

There are many ways to source who the main recruiters are from your course. When you are in your first and second year you can be exploring the graduate vacancies to find out who typically recruits graduates and also who offers placement opportunities. Work experience is extremely important as it can give you an insight into a role you may be undertaking in the future and can demonstrate to an employer how motivated you are and what skills you possess. Work experience can also provide a great opportunity to network with professionals and seek out information about possible future job roles. Employers will regularly visit the university to deliver information sessions either as part of your course or in a session arranged by the Careers Team. Other sources of vacancies include:

  • LJMU’s My Jobs & Placements Website
  • TAE Employer/Careers Day (which usually takes place in October/November)
  • Christine Humphries, the Employer Engagement Officer from the School of Computing, will keep you informed about sandwich placement opportunities in your second year
  • Prospects website
  • Target Jobs
  • Liverpool Careers Fairs (which take place in October and March at St George’s Hall)
  • Individual company websites

Students and graduates can also book an appointment with the Careers Adviser who is linked to the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Andy Byrne, to discuss who the main employers are, how they recruit students and graduates and also examples of employers who have recruited previous graduates from your course.


15. Careers information - School of Engineering, Technology & Maritime Operations

What types of engineering opportunities are available to me once I have graduated?

There are a large range of opportunities for engineering students in a range of sectors. The key is to research both the type of role you would like to undertake in addition to the type of sector you would like to work in such as automotive, oil and gas, marine, design, manufacturing etc. In recent years it has been reported that there is a shortage of Engineers in the UK and your degree will also provide you with the opportunity to seek employment around the world. The larger employers will offer graduate training schemes which usually involve a period of training and development of at least 18 months and can be 3 or 4 years. It is important to research what employers are looking for from applicants at an early stage as a small number do require a Masters level qualification in order to apply for the graduate scheme.

You can find out about graduate jobs within engineering by exploring some of the links below. Students and graduates can also book an appointment with the Careers Adviser who is linked to the School of Engineering, Andy Byrne, to discuss who the main employers are, how they recruit students and graduates and also examples of employers who have recruited previous graduates from your course.

I am interested in becoming a Chartered Engineer, what do I have to do to achieve this?

The first stage to become a Chartered Engineer is to complete a degree course which is accredited by one of the relevant professional bodies listed below. All of the Mechanical, Marine and Electrical degree courses within the School of Engineering are accredited by one of the following:

  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The academic qualifications required to become a Chartered Engineer are an accredited MEng degree or a BEng plus further learning to Masters level either via an MSc or equivalent. There will also be an element of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and graduates will be expected to monitor and reflect upon their development in relation to a number of specific competencies. Specific information can be found on the relevant websites above.


16. LJMU Alumni

How much does it cost to join the Alumni Association?

There is no charge to join the LJMU Alumni Association. Please register here. If you prefer to stay in contact via social media you can join the fans of the LJMU Alumni Facebook Page.

I cannot remember my username and/or password for the members area of the website, what should I do?

Please email the Alumni Relations Team via alumni@ljmu.ac.uk and advise your full name, date of birth, subject of study and year of graduation. If you have registered the Alumni Relations Team will advise you of your user name and password.

I never received my certificate and would like a copy

Please contact the LJMU Awards Office by sending an email to awards@ljmu.ac.uk. Please stipulate your full name, date of birth, subject of study and year of graduation

How do I get a replacement copy of my transcript/certificate?

Post-1992 Alumni of Liverpool John Moores University can request a replacement copy of their certificate through the LJMU Online Shop.

Pre-1992 Alumni of Liverpool Polytechnic can request a replacement copy of their certificate through the Open University Validation Services Department.

For further information please click here


Can I get a copy of my dissertation?

There is no guarantee that copies of dissertations can be provided. To make this request please email alumni@ljmu.ac.uk with your full name, subject of study, year of graduation and advise the name of your dissertation supervisor was. The Alumni Relations Team will forward your email to the appropriate academic.

Can Alumni access the Library facilities?

Alumni are able to access the Library facilities. You must show proof of ID and sign in to enter any Library. If the ID does not contain an embedded photographic image of the holder, two forms of corroborating ID are required.

Do Alumni have borrowing rights?

LJMU Library Services may provide limited borrowing rights to individuals for education or research purposes to members of the LJMU Alumni Association upon payment of an annual fee of £50 (plus VAT). Application details are available here

Do Alumni have access to electronic resources in the Libraries?

Unfortunately this service is currently not available.

Can I still access my LJMU email account?

LJMU Student email accounts expire 90 days after your completion date. Please note your completion date is the date of your final examination and not your date of graduation date. If you are unsure please check with the appropriate Library Student Zone. For further information please click here

What does the LJMU Alumni Association do for LJMU Alumni?

The LJMU Alumni Association is a network of approximately 11000 ex-students of the University. The Association is about re-connecting with your past but more importantly it’s about looking to the future and working in partnership with us for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

The Alumni Association is also about providing Alumni with a service and helping you as a graduate. We offer a range of benefits to our Alumni, from networking opportunities to discounts and career advice.

Register for free to access;

  • Exclusive professional networking events
  • Quarterly e-newsletters
  • Careers support (from the Careers Team)
  • Emerald business e-journals
  • Priority tickets to the Roscoe Lectures series
  • Discounts and vouchers at high street retailers

I would like to get back in touch with other ex-students - can you help?

The Alumni Relations Team are happy to help with enquiries of this nature, however, the Data Protection Act 1998 prevents LJMU from forwarding any personal information to third parties. Members of the LJMU Alumni Association can search for fellow Alumni that are happy to be contacted via a secure system in the members area. Alternatively, email the Alumni Relations Team via alumni@ljmu.ac.uk with the details of the person you would like to make contact with, their subject of study and year of graduation and we can try to contact the ex-student on your behalf. Please note that there is no guarantee that we can successfully make contact with Alumni.

I would like to organise a reunion - can you help?

Yes. The Alumni Relations Team can and do help with reunions. Email alumni@ljmu.ac.uk with the plans for your reunion and who you would like to invite. The Alumni Relations Team will advise how we can help with your plans.

I am interested in further study, what more can you tell me?

LJMU has an extensive range of taught programmes and research opportunities. Please visit the Postgraduate Home Page of the website to download the postgraduate guide, find out about postgraduate events and how to apply for a postgraduate course

I'd like to give something back and share my experiences with students, how can I do this?

We would be delighted if you could help current students by giving your time to support our students.

You can help prepare the next generation for your industry and develop the employability skills of LJMU students through the following;

  • Offer placements
  • Offer on-site visits
  • Provide case studies for students
  • Become a guest speaker
  • Offer work shadowing for staff and students
  • Help to develop and review LJMU degrees

Visit our Employer Website or contact the Brokerage Team via employerengagement@ljmu.ac.uk for further details.


I'd like a copy of my graduation picture/handshake/DVD?

To request a copy of your graduation picture or DVD please visit the Graduation pages of the LJMU website

Alumni who graduated in 2012 can watch their ceremony via the LJMU on demand service


Can you tell me my old lecturers email address as I need a reference?

Yes, please advise the name of the lecturer that you would like to make contact with and advise your full name, subject of study, year of graduation and the nature of your enquiry to alumni@ljmu.ac.uk. The Alumni Relations Team will forward your email on.

17. Careers Zones

What are Careers Zones?

LJMU has three Careers Zones to allow students to access Careers provision close to where they study that are staffed by the LJMU Careers Team.

To book an appointment with a Careers Adviser or Employability Adviser, call in to one of our Careers Zones (in the James Parsons Building at Byrom Street, Aldham Robarts Library and IM Marsh Library). Alternatively, phone 0151 231 2048 (Byrom Careers Zone) or 0151 231 3719 (Aldham Careers Zone). Students can also drop in to the Zones get advice, information and guidance.

The Zones feature regular employer pop up sessions giving students the chance to meet and discuss careers and placement/internship opportunities with them. Keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook pages to see which employers are on Campus. 

We also run careers and employability workshops, webinars, fairs and employer events.  To book a place, visit our Events System.


Where are they?

The Zones are located by the main reception at James Parsons Building at Byrom Street and in the Aldham Robarts Library.