March 16, 2018, by Carla

The Final Countdown!

By Kathryn Moss, Employability Officer, Jubilee Campus

With spring term drawing to a close, your thoughts may be turning towards summer and the dawning realisation that there are only 14 weeks until you finish university.

Had you already started thinking about your career plans before assignment deadlines loomed large? Maybe you’ve not contemplated life after graduation yet? Whichever camp you’re in, we are here to help.

First of all, it’s not too late to find a graduate job

You haven’t missed the boat; there are still plenty of graduate opportunities out there. Use My Career and the national and regional graduate jobs boards listed on our vacancies webpage to search for companies who are still hiring and think about how your skills fit with the roles on offer.

You may need to think ‘outside the box’ about the type of role or company you research, including different entry routes beyond the graduate scheme route.

Our Graduate Jobs Fair on Monday 11 June 2018 is a great opportunity to meet employers with vacancies to fill.

Don’t forget about SMEs

A lot of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will still be recruiting at this time of year. Believe it or not, there are more opportunities in the UK with SMEs than in larger, better-known businesses and plenty of reasons why this could be a good option for you.

Finding these opportunities may take a little more work because there isn’t one specific place to look for roles. We’ve suggested some sites to use under the direct entry graduate route, where you can also read about Callum’s job-hunting experience.

You could also try Angel and Brighterbox and check out the employers that came to our Tech Careers in Small Businesses Fair earlier this year.

Apply for a summer or graduate internship

Did you know that you can start your graduate career with an internship? Internships are a really good way to try out a job before you settle into a full graduate role. The Nottingham Internship Scheme is currently offering more than 100 summer opportunities with small businesses and charities in Nottinghamshire and beyond. The deadline for applications is Sunday 22 April.

Why not fill in the expression of interest form and be notified of the graduate internships available in early autumn?

If you have no idea – get some advice

If you have no idea about what you want to do when you graduate, that’s okay. Talk to our knowledgeable, friendly and supportive careers advisers who will help you to generate career ideas and formulate an action plan.

Book an appointment or come along to a drop in to start the process today.

We’re here for you, for life

Whatever stage your career thinking is when you leave, we’ll still here to help. You can talk to an adviser over the telephone, by Skype or face-to-face (if you’re still local).

We also offer a Jobs by email newsletter, which you can sign up to in order to receive details of the latest graduate jobs on My Career, our exclusive online jobs board.

Take a look at our Graduating in 2018 webpage to find out more about how we can help before and after you graduate.

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