Support for final year students
Customise your future – create your own personalised career development plan
As the end of your undergraduate journey approaches, it is important to consider your next steps. Some students may have a job offer in-hand, others may have ideas in mind but have not yet started to apply for jobs. Perhaps you are looking at self-employment opportunities, considering postgraduate study, or you haven’t decided your next move yet. Whatever your interests, preferences or needs, below is a list of some of the ways the Careers, Employability & Enterprise team can support you to make a smooth transition from student to (young or slightly older) professional. Choose what you need and get started …
Get personalised, practical support to research and secure a job
- Book an online, one-to-one appointment with an Adviser to evaluate your options, identify careers that suit your strengths, skills and values, find relevant opportunities, and develop an action plan to help you achieve your career ambitions. You can also get CVs, application forms and personal statements reviewed by our expert advisers and get help with the interview process.
- Check out the career insight/infographic (use the filters in the left navigation) for your programme which provides a summary of career options and read the student and graduates case studies in your school-specific Career Planning Guide to generate some career ideas.
- Applying for a graduate programme/scheme? Sign up for our online, practice mini Virtual Assessment Centre (VAC) event; it will provide you with first-hand experience of the type of tasks and technical expectations you are likely to face in a live VAC. Experienced assessors will guide you through all aspects of the VAC, providing you with insightful and helpful feedback.
- Some of the most common areas that students ask for help with concern CVs, application forms and interviews. We’ve created self-service pathways in Careers Zone 24/7 to guide you through the steps needed to master these topics. Once you have worked through the pathways of your choosing, make an appointment with an adviser to have your CV or application reviewed, or to arrange a mock interview (see above for information about how to book an appointment with an Adviser).
- Creating a Winning CV
- Mastering Application Forms
- Preparing for Interviews
Locate opportunities for careers, employability and enterprise skills development
- Develop your personal, leadership and digital skills sessions via the LJMU Digital Incubation Hub that will help you build confidence and move your future plan on. We have partnered with Google Digital Garage and Google #IamRemarkable to offer a range of free sessions, including ‘Find your Career Goals’, ‘Digital Marketing Strategy’ and many more.
- Take Career Pulse to assess and develop your confidence to enter the job market. Complete the associated employability skills programme and gain certification.
- Careers and employability webinars are short, punchy online sessions designed to help you understand the possibilities open to you as well as help with all aspects of the graduate recruitment process.
- Check out our blog for the latest careers development and industry intel written by our team of careers experts. The blog also features the job opportunities, information on skills development opportunities and guest articles around graduate recruitment and the evolving careers landscape.
Find employment, start-up and paid work experience opportunities
- We have a number of virtual recruitment fairs taking place this semester with recruiters offering graduate and placement opportunities across a range of subject areas. Keep an eye on Canvas announcements and LJMU emails as the date of the event approaches for more information about recruiters who will be attending. Watch this video about how to make the most of virtual recruitment fairs.
- LJMU students or new graduates have exclusive access to opportunities for flexible, part-time, paid work through Unitemps at Liverpool John Moores University - our very own on-campus recruitment agency. As well as boosting your finances, assignments strengthen LJMU graduates’ CVs, their employability skills and their organisational awareness.
- We regularly invite employers and recruiters to speak to students via our ‘Be Inspired’ and ‘Virtual Careers Zone: Meet the Employer’ online sessions. Employers talk about opportunities they have available, offer advice about the application process and talk about their own career journey. Recent employers have included the BBC, BAE Systems, Merseyside Police, Ardent, Tutor Trust, Crown Prosecution Service, Pirelli, Boohoo and Matalan.
- Level 4, 5 and 6 students can apply for a part-time, paid, remote internship with a local employer. An internship will help you to progress your employability skills, give you an insight into the day-to-day reality of different roles and boost your CV.
- Start-up School is a 4-day business skills and leadership development course, which runs annually - the next programme is taking place from 17-20 May 2021. The programme is open to any student with a genuine curiosity about starting up and passion to develop an idea using lean start up models, market research and pitching skills. You will be given time to develop the fundamentals of starting-up and build valuable network contacts with business leaders from across Merseyside. For more information and to apply, click here.
After you graduate
After you graduate from LJMU, you have:
- Lifetime access to personalised advice or career support at any time, supporting you from securing your first graduate role to getting that promotion to changing career direction.
- Support from our Centre for Entrepreneurship should you wish to start a business, grow it or thrive as a freelancer, for up to five years after graduation.
- Access to Careers Zone 24/7 tools and resources, including the LJMU job board. Set up ‘Graduate Access’ before you leave or contact us after you graduate for an account.
Free access to annual events and our wider programme of events, workshops and recruitment fairs. Events, which focus on the needs and aspirations of our alumni, will take place both before and after graduation.
Graduate outcomes survey
Taking part in the Graduate Outcomes survey is an essential part of your higher education journey. As the biggest UK annual social survey, the collective graduate voice is powerful and will Directly impact the future of education for prospective students. So join your fellow graduates and be part of the picture of education today.
- Share your graduate success with us and with others through the new Graduate Outcomes Survey and by staying in touch through LJMU Connect and LJMU LinkedIn.
- You’ll be sent an invitation to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey 15 months after you graduate. It captures what you’re doing with your career, what you’re getting out of it, and your thoughts on how LJMU supported you.
Your input will help inspire others, help us tailor our support to you and your fellow alumni so we make a bigger difference and improve teaching and learning for the graduates of the future.
Stay connected with LJMU
The best way to stay in touch is to register for LJMU Connect and follow LJMU on LinkedIn.
- Join LJMU Connect, the home of our alumni community. Stay in touch with friends, boost your professional network, find out about social and networking events and reunions, and share your experiences with current students and future graduates.
Follow the LJMU LinkedIn page and stay in touch. Get all the latest updates about LJMU, make connections to help develop your career and search for job opportunities from around the world.