Book a one-to one careers meeting

What are careers meetings for?

Whether you are just getting started thinking about your future or have some clear ideas we can help. 

We offer one-to-one 30 minute careers meetings and can help with:

  • talking through your career ideas and options with your degree
  • knowing where to look for internships and jobs
  • advice on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • thinking about further study and preparing personal statements
  • preparing for and practice for job interviews (mock interviews)
  • knowing what help is available to you as a LJMU student and graduate
  • discussing career planning with a disability or health concern
  • considering changing or leaving your course
  • finding work after graduation (both in the UK and abroad)
  • and much more!

Try our Virtual Summer Drop-Ins

Kumospace virtual drop-inAs well as our usual 30-minute appointments which you can book using the information below, we are also offering drop-ins throughout the summer via Kumospace, an informal virtual space where you can chat with us about any careers-related matters that are on your mind.

The drop-ins are available weekly from 10-11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  You don't need to book, just drop-in during the days and time listed and chat with the team.

Please note: to access the drop-in you need to create an account with Kumospace, but it only takes a minute!

Enter the Virtual Drop-in

Starting your own business or freelancing

For any students or graduates who are interested in setting up their own business, scaling up their business or freelancing, or just want to explore a business idea, email startup@ljmu.ac.uk.

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Book a careers meeting via the Student Futures booking website

The easiest way to book a careers meeting is online via our booking website, however, you can also book in-person at our Careers Zones at the Student Life Building or Byrom Street, through our webchat, telephone 0151 231 3719/2048 or emailing careers@ljmu.ac.uk.

If you are unable to find a suitable careers meeting please do not hesitate to contact us directly as not all appointments are published on our booking website.

For students and graduates who are career planning with a disability or health concern, extended 60 minutes meetings are available.  Please contact us directly.  We can support with advice around disclosure, adjustments and searching for disability confident employers.

For current students, booked careers meetings will be displayed in your MyTimetable.

 Book a Careers meeting 

Book a careers meeting via webchat, email or telephone

You can reach us at careers@ljmu.ac.uk or alternatively call us on 0151 231 2048/3719.

To help us prepare for your meeting please provide the following information:     

  • Full name and student ID number
  • What year of study you are in (current students) or the year you graduated
  • What programme you are studying/studied
  • Contact telephone number (we send reminders of all meetings via SMS)
  • Tell us what you would like to discuss (e.g. 'CV check' or 'Discuss career options' etc), 
  • Some dates and times you are available
  • Remote appointment: MS Teams or telephone?
  • Face to face: Byrom Street Careers Zone or Student Life Building Careers Zone
  • Supporting documentation relevant to your careers meeting (CVs, cover letters, application forms, personal statements, job descriptions, person specification etc.). 
  • Details of any additional support you may require during your appointment, including if you would prefer a one-hour careers meeting to support a disability or health concern

 Current students are asked to email careers meeting requests via your LJMU email account.

For current students, booked careers meetings will be displayed in your MyTimetable.

Preparing for your careers meeting and what to expect

We know many students feel overwhelmed when thinking about careers and the future however our  friendly and professionally-trained team are here to support you and here to listen.  You don’t need a fully-formed career plan to come and see us – in fact our ‘Getting Started’ and ‘I don’t know what to do’ are very common themes of our meetings.

RECOMMENDED ACTION BEFORE YOUR CAREERS MEETING

We recommend you explore our online resources to help you before coming to a CV, application or interview preparation session so you have read some general guidance, we can then spend the time in our meetings talking about specific jobs, applications and interviews with you.

These are a great starting point, and will ensure you get the most out of your careers meeting.

You can also test your CV on CV360 prior to your meeting to see how it compares against your peers.  This is a helpful and ensures we can focus on enhancing your CV content over basic grammar, spelling and formatting advice.

Launch CV360

THE BEGINNING BIT

Tell us what is most important to you at the start of the careers meeting so we can help you prioritise and plan.  Your adviser will discuss with you what is possible to cover in this careers meeting today and may advise you to book another session if you want to talk through many things.

THE MIDDLE BIT

During the meeting we can discuss a range of different things and explore different careers thinking.  No question is too small or silly so please ask us anything. Some typical careers meetings are around talking about your skills, your strengths, what you like doing and your values which can help you discover jobs you may be suited to.  We can also help you know where to find jobs and volunteering in different sectors, to create a job search strategy or look at postgraduate options. One of the most common questions is ‘how do I get work experience?’ and we can talk you through opportunities including LJMU internships and joining LJMU’s internal recruitment agency Unitemps.  Helping you succeed in being shortlisted for a job, and helping you through interviews, assessment centres and online testing is also something we help with, we can talk you through what to expect during a typical recruitment process and top tips to get you hired.

THE END BIT

At the end of the meeting we’ll agree a number of actions or achievable goals – this might be doing some more research around a theme, attending a careers workshop or making a job application!

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS AFTER YOUR CAREERS MEETING

Keep your actions or goals somewhere you can see them!  You don’t need to do them all straight away but set yourself a plan and a deadline date (as you would preparing for an assignment). 

Once you have completed these you can book back in and meet with us again – you have unlimited meetings however we do want to see some work in- between meetings!  All our staff are trained to advise all students however we understand you might want to follow up and re-book with the same advisor which you can do by emailing careers@ljmu.ac.uk and we’ll try to accommodate based on availability.

We are an impartial service at LJMU so you can discuss any questions and queries freely with us.

Cancelling or rearranging a careers meetings

If you are no longer able to make this meeting, please cancel it as soon as possible so it can be offered to another student or graduate.

To do this, click here and 'Cancel Registration' via the 'My Bookings' tab. Alternatively email careers@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 2048/3719.

You can arrange another meeting either online or by using the contact details listed above.  Please note: if you miss a careers meeting without cancelling you may have to wait an extended time to be able to re-book.