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Career Coaching

What we offer

Our Career Coaching team supports students and graduates in gaining the skills and confidence to achieve their career goals. We provide careers information, advice and guidance through workshops, drop-ins, one-to-one coaching appointments, employability talks and events. Additionally, students and graduates can receive 24/7 online careers support and resources.

Career coaching advice is delivered around career development, CV/application review, interview skills and the development of employability skills.

You can get in touch with our Career Coaching team by emailing us at cfsscareers@uel.ac.uk

Finding your career path

The graduate job market can be competitive but you can stand out from the crowd by developing and demonstrating the skills and qualities employers really value.

The resources in standing out will give you an in-depth understanding of employability skills and the attributes that will enable you to progress toward rewarding graduate career.

While you study it is essential to prepare yourself for employment by researching the areas that interest you and developing skills that will help you to gain a successful graduate-level career.

Depending on your interests, you might want to look for a job within an organisation, work for yourself as a contractor or freelancer, or to start your own business. You could also move between these options at different points in your career. The skills and attributes that make you employable will be applicable for all these fields.

Getting your first professional role will not happen by chance. You need to think ahead to plan what kind of you are looking for and what you will need to do to find it. The most important thing is that you start out as well-prepared as possible for the challenges ahead.

Check out our get that job guide for top tips on how to secure your dream job.

All interviews, including telephone interviews, should be taken seriously. If you do not thoroughly prepare for an interview, you will likely not progress to later interview stages. Your interview may be your only time to impress and stand out from the crowd. Ensure that you are well prepared, dressed appropriately and able to sell yourself on the day.

You must make sure that you are prepared for the types of questions you will be asked. It's a good idea to practice these questions and check that your answers are relevant and considered.

Most assessment centres follow a similar style and structure. You can prepare for exercises and psychometric tests, but may be faced with on the spot activities or presentations.

Please refer to our guide to interviews and assessments for further information.

LinkedIn is the leading professional and business-related social network. The site allows you to connect with classmates, faculty and friends professionally, and find key contacts at companies that interest you. You can use this network to locate opportunities for internships and full-time positions.

 If you're interested in the social network and would like to know more, take a look at the LinkedIn guide for students.

Tools and resources

You should start by deciding what the key motivating factors for your choice of career are. These may be financial reward, security, area of practice, sector, work-life balance or social status. Your ideal career should meet your priority needs.

Careers Health Check: You can use this tool to summarise your current state of career readiness. This tool will also give you an idea of the activities you need to be engaging with to ensure you achieve your career goals.

Career Motivators Checklist: Students may find this checklist useful in gaining a better understanding of their career goals. This can help to assess what it is that motivates you to work.

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