Student ambassadors talk to an exhibitor at a careers fair

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What's on?

The Careers Service run a range of employer-led information and recruitment events to help you to interact with employers as part of your career journey, along with a programme of skills development workshops.

Activities include career fairs and employer drop-ins for students wishing to explore placement, graduate and part-time work opportunities, along with workshops on interview success, assessment centre advice and tips for job searching.
Networking at a careers event. Students walk around multiple stalls.

How will our activities help you?

Our events and activities are aimed at providing you with the opportunity to explore your options, plan your career journey and develop your employability skills in order to transition into a confident professional.
Participating in our activities will help you to:
  • Build upon your transferable skill set to make you more employable.
  • Explore your career options whilst having meaningful conversations and building your network.
  • Find that dream job for the future!

Upcoming career events and skills development activities

Careers fairs

Attending a careers fair is a great way to explore the wide range of organisations actively recruiting for part-time, internship, placements and graduate positions. They will also allow you to practice your networking skills with employers in a relaxed informal environment.
Dates for our 2024/2025 careers fairs:
  • Part time jobs fair
    Rolle Marquee | Wednesday 2 October 2024, 11:00–14:30
  • STEM Placement and Graduate Careers Fair
    Rolle Marquee | Wednesday 6 November 2024, 11:00–14:30
  • All Sector Placement and Graduate Careers Fair
    Rolle Marquee | Wednesday 13 November 2024, 11:00–14:30
  • South West Placement and Graduate Careers Fair
    Rolle Marquee | Wednesday 19 February 2025, 11:00–14:30
  • Geo-environmental Placement and Graduate Careers Fair
    Rolle Marquee | Wednesday 26 February 2025, 12:00–16:00
  • Summer Opportunities Fair
    Rolle Marquee | Wednesday 5 March 2025, 12:00–14:30

Employer Insight Panels

Each year we hold several virtual panels that include talks from panel speakers who provide an insight into their career journey, top tips for gaining experience and time at the end for questions. These panels are particularly valuable if you have not previously considered this career area and want to know more about it.
Our planned panels for 2024/2025 are still to be confirmed.

Faculty sessions

Our Careers Consultants and Placement Officers work alongside your academics to arrange for employers related to your course to come and talk to you. This may be as part of a timetabled session, or as a separate activity outside of the timetable.
By attending these sessions, you demonstrate your interest in the area you are studying to potential employers alongside gaining useful insights into their recruitment and inside information about how to succeed. Typical activities could include presentations, panels and challenges.

Boost: The Skills Development Challenge

BOOST works by bringing small teams of students together to work on a current problem for a business. An external organisation will provide the challenge for the day – and the team which produces the most favoured solution may get the opportunity to help implement it! By taking part, you will be using a range of transferable skills, including:
  • teamwork and communication
  • creativity and problem solving
  • working under pressure and timekeeping
  • professionalism in a business setting
  • leadership
  • pitching experience
"I developed my networking skills, budgeting, project management, marketing, and plenty of other soft skills! I would recommend others take part as it puts you outside of your comfort zone and gets you thinking about working for a company and what that would involve."
- Isabel Saxby, 2022 participant
Interested? Email us now at: employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk to be added to the expression of interest list!

Accelerate Your Future skills workshops

These bite-size, informal and interactive sessions are delivered in person in the Student Hub or online via Zoom. You can gain top tips and share you experiences with like-minded students and recent graduates. Recent topics include:
  • CVs, cover letters, and applications
  • LinkedIn masterclass
  • Applying for jobs with little or no experience
  • Assessment Centres and Psychometric Tests
  • Job search techniques
  • Preparing for interviews effectively
  • Considering postgraduate study and postgraduate applications
  • Selling your skills
  • Decision making
Search for: ‘Accelerate Your Future skills workshops’ on .

Bounce

If you identify as a woman, currently studying at the University, this free two day personal and professional development programme may be for you!
Build your:
  • Confidence in recognising your skills and strengths
  • Personal power (you have more than you think!)
  • Assertiveness and impact when speaking
  • Sense of mindfulness and wellbeing
  • Ability to make personal and professional connections
The programme is interactive and each day we will be joined by guest speakers who will share their own experiences and invite you to ask them questions.

Employer in the Foyer

Attending this drop-in event will give you a chance to meet employers from companies that you may be interested in working for and to ask them about the skills they require for a particular role. Having the confidence to come along and meet with these contacts could be the key to your next step in your career journey!
These drop-ins take place in the entrance to the Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

Stay up to date

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