Your next steps

Careers and employability support

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Grad Café for final year students - Open every Thursday*, 11am-1pm, until the end of July

Grad Cafe for final year students

Final Year students – we’re not ready for you to leave us so we’ve made a Grad Café just for you!

We want to Stay Connected and help you with your next steps, whether you are sorted and want to come and share your LJMU experience with us, or you don’t know where to start and would rather not think about it then we have the place for you - the Grad Café .

When is the Grad Café open?

Every Thursday between 11am – 1pm, from 28 April until the end of July.  Please note*: the Grad Café will be closed on 2 June (Bank holiday) and 16 June.  

Where is the Grad Café ?

The Grad Café is taking place at the Careers Zone, Student Life Building.  Don’t forget to bring your student card for access.

At the Grad Café you can:

  • Have a free coffee on us!
  • Join us for an informal ‘what’s next’ chat and support to find relevant opportunities
  • Get help with CVs, applications, interviews and any part of the recruitment process
  • Help us shape our Graduate Support and tell us what you need
  • Connect with Unitemps and LJMU Graduate Futures offers
  • Chat to other grads and share you experiences of job hunting and the graduate recruitment process!

Want to know more about Grad Café - We’ll be posting on LJMUConnect, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter and in our Careers Zone 24/7 newsletter or just email us at careers@ljmu.ac.uk.  Alternatively, email us at careers@ljmu.ac.uk or access our live chat facility via our website to find out more.

It’s our FREE, UNLIMITED VISITS, FRIENDS FOR LIFE Student Futures offer!  Can’t make it?  Look out for our regular digital Drop-Ins over the summer – dates to be released soon!

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Whether you are a current final year student (graduating in 2022) or if you are a recent LJMU graduate, it is important to remember you have lifetime access to all of our careers services. This includes accessing 1-to-1 appointments with our team of careers professionals, attending any of our webinars, virtual recruitment fairs or employer events, and accessing our digital careers platform and job board.

Despite turbulent times in the last two years, the graduate labour market is in robust shape.  Prospects Luminate state in their UK graduate labour market update (1 March 2022) that The Office for National Statistics report that the total volume of online job adverts on 18 February 2022 was at 147% of its February 2020 pre-coronavirus average level. 

Student Futures, LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise team are here to help at any time so get in touch or access our services using the information below (please note some services have different points of entrance for graduates). This is how we can support our current final year students, who will soon be tackling the jobs market, and our 2020 and 2021 graduates still seeking the right opportunity.

1:1 support via telephone appointments

Gain clarity on your career next steps with 1:1 advice and guidance from our team of experienced and qualified careers professionals. Our advisers can help you decide which direction to take next, what options are available to you (that could be further study, getting a graduate-level job, starting your own business/freelancing, or something else entirely), and where to find suitable opportunities. They can also help with practical advice about application forms, CVs and covering letters, and help you prepare for job assessments and interviews.

Book a 1-to-1 Appointment


LJMU Graduate Futures Programme

Final year students and recent graduates can apply to join the LJMU Graduate Futures programme and gain experience with some of the Liverpool City Region's most dynamic businesses.  This ESF-funded project provides part-time and full time student internships (140 hours), 12-month sandwich placements and 12 month full-time graduate placements.  As part of the programme you will also gain relevant industry knowledge, build your professional networks and explore if a career is right for you. Training and support are also provided.

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Webinars, employer events and virtual recruitment fairs

We run a programme of careers workshops and webinars designed to help you to maximize your skills and help you negotiate your next steps. Topics include CV writing, interviews, constructing a standout application, maximising LinkedIn for your career, and more. Alongside this, we regularly invite employers and recruiters to speak to students via online events and visits to our campus-based Careers Zones at Student Life Building and Byrom Street.

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Access for final year students

Find out what careers webinars, virtual employers events and recruitment fairs we have coming up, and book a place via our booking website.

Book a place at an event

Graduate access

Find out what careers webinars, virtual employers events and recruitment fairs we have coming up via our booking website. To book an event, click ‘Book’ and then select ‘Graduate access’.

Book a place at an event

Careers Zone 24/7 – Interactive digital tools, jobs board and e-learning modules

Careers Zone 24/7 is a continually expanding portfolio of interactive development tools, resources, assessments, videos and content which is easy to use and allows you to make a measurable impact on your employability. You can track your progress, identify skills and confidence gaps, get personalised feedback and take part in a personalised programmes of activities.

The platform also features a jobs board and interactive careers tools including CV Builder, CV360, Interview360, Aptitude Tests, Assessment Centre tool and the Labour Market Information tool.

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Access for final year students

Current students can log in to Careers Zone 24/7 as normal using their LJMU credentials. You can also set up a personalised graduate account before you leave LJMU using a personal email address. This will enable you to still be able to log in to Careers Zone 24/7 once your LJMU credentials expire.

Log in to Careers Zone 24/7

Here are some bespoke programmes and quick links you might want to try to get started:

Career Pulse

Career Pulse has been designed to support final year students to plan your next steps. By understanding your current knowledge and employability skills, you can then go on to develop them by working through the associated employability skills development programme.

Try Career Pulse

Programmes of activities

Our advisers have set up some useful programmes of activities within the platform to help you work on key employability subjects and ensure you are prepared for the graduate recruitment process.

Creating a winning CV

Mastering application forms

Preparing for interviews

Job board and employer tracker

Search for graduate jobs and graduate schemes, placements, internship and more using our job board and employer tracker. Set up alerts to inform you when an opportunities are posted that fit the criteria you are looking for. 

Open job board

Graduate access

If you already have a graduate account that you set up before you left LJMU, log-in using the link below.  If you didn’t set up graduate access before you leave, don’t worry, we can set up a graduate account for you.  To do this, simply email careers@ljmu.ac.uk and please include your full name, the programme you studied at LJMU, year of graduation and a personal email address. 

Log in to Careers Zone 24/7

Once you’ve got your graduate access sorted, here are some bespoke programmes and quick links you might want to try to get started:

Programmes of activities

Our advisers have set up some useful programmes of activities within the platform to help you work on key employability subjects and ensure you are prepared for the graduate recruitment process.

Creating a winning CV

Mastering application forms

Preparing for interviews

Job board and employer tracker

Search for graduate jobs and graduate schemes, placements, internship and more using our job board and employer tracker.  Set up alerts to inform you when an opportunities are posted that fit the criteria you are looking for. 

Open job board

Unitemps

Current LJMU students or new or recent LJMU 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 and could be a good stopgap if you are still deciding on your next steps or perhaps are intending to go travelling or take a gap year.

Register for Unitemps

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team blog

Check out our blog for the latest careers development and industry intel on topics such as further studies, changing workplace etiquette, the ways businesses are handling remote working, and much more, written by our team of careers experts. The blog also features the latest job opportunities and guest articles around graduate recruitment and the evolving careers landscape.

Visit our blog

Video Resources

Access a suite of useful videos and training sessions, including help to negotiate the graduate recruitment process, tips and advice from LJMU students and graduates, and information about how you can continue to access LJMU services after you graduate.

The videos have been made specifically to support final year students and recent graduates as they make the transition into the graduate labour market, postgraduate study or starting your own business.

See our useful videos and resources