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Your Career

Your career and life after University are important to think about now - research and preparation before you graduate will help you to find a job that you love. The University offers a lot of resources to help you with your employability, and this page should help you to understand where to go to for that support.

This semester we're working on creating an employability strategy that highlights how we can best support, educate and advocate for students regarding employability, and electing a new employability officer to the SRC. We've also formalised the School Presidents Advisory Group (Careers), which which feeds directly into the Careers Centre to provide student input.

What the University Offers

There are two University Units to help you with your employability, and they both are there to help you in different ways.

The Careers Centre exists to help students make decisions about what they will do after graduation. The Careers Centre offers services to all full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students; graduates within three years of graduation and graduate-level staff members of the university. They offer advice on employability matters.

You can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser throughout the Semester to for a number of services including careers advice, CV help, and practise interviews. There's a wealth of resources to help you excel in the application process available on online. Throughout the year there are many events, workshops and fairs available. You can find vacancies and job opportunities through CareerConnect. The Careers Centre through their Opportunities Team actively engages with employers and Alumni locally and globally on your behalf. Offering Work Experience, Careers Fairs, Work Shadowing, Internships, Graduate Opportunities and Entrepreneurship Skills Workshops.

Look Local

The Careers Centre runs Look Local, a service for finding part-time work and volunteering opportunities in the St Andrews and surrounding areas that will fit alongside your studies.

CareerConnect

CareerConnect is the Careers Centre's portal that matriculated students can access using their University account. It is used to access all Careers Centre services such as apointments, events, and vacancies.

The Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED) provides learning and teaching support to staff and students, combining educational development, workshops, technology-enhanced learning and IT skills, and academic support.

CEED offers personal coaching to develop leadership skills, one-to-one appointments to help you build your study skills, and mentoring schemes for new students. They also run the Summer Team Enterprise Programme (STEP), as well as workshops for the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC).

Link to Careers

The Students' Association is working in partnership with the Careers Centre to provide the support and events that you want. Throughout the year School Presidents and societies run careers-based events for students. The Link to Careers partnership encourages collaboration with between these student groups and the Careers Centre to provide the highest quality events. Check back soon for more information on events that will be running throughout the Semester.

Are you a School President looking to host an event?

Are you a Society looking to host an event?

Upcoming Events

Raise a Glass to your future and connect with one of our fantastic alumni in a short appointment. You can chat and celebrate your graduation whilst speaking with alumni about your upcoming plans. Whether you have a job lined up, want further support, you just want to connect or indeed looking for guidance from someone who has gone before you, this is a great time to connect. Throughout your journey, you will have made connections for life with us at University of St Andrews so why not make one more during this very special week?  

We have the following sectors available on these dates, please feel free to sign up to a date that works for you: 
 

Monday 28 June 2021     
Sectors -  Arts /Teaching / Science R and D / Law / Consultancy 

Tuesday 29 June 2021 
Sectors – Journalism / Marketing / PR / Civil Service / NGOs 

Wednesday 30 June 2021
Sectors – Sciences / IT and Innovation / Energy / Sustainability and Environment / Academia 

Thursday 1 July 2021   
Sectors – Museums and Galleries / Publishing / Information Management / Law 

Friday?2 July 2021   
Sectors – Consultancy / Banking / Finance / Medicine / Academia 

As well as the above sectors, our Careers Advisers will be offering Graduate Careers Appointments just for you.  

Sign up through this MS Form and we will schedule an appointment for you via MS Teams. Please note, the appointments are limited to a first come, first served basis so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.

*All students must submit their form by 
11th June 2021.

Calendar coming soon

Careers Week

We've worked with the Careers Centre to gather videos and tasks for you to do using the resources available for all University students.

Check out the videos below to work on your CV, interview skills, and LinkedIn page.

Click the image to watch the video and then complete the tasks below:

CV Tasks

  1. Check out our Careers Centre CV examples and guidance.
  2. Get familiar with Action Words and the CAR approach to CV writing.
  3. Put together a Master CV.
  4. Book an appointment with a Careers adviser (or during the semester a CV adviser) to receive feedback on your CV.

Click the image to watch the video and then complete the tasks below:

Interview Tasks

  1. Research the Career Centre Interview web page.
  2. Prepare an inventory of scenario examples using the STAR technique.
  3. Make use of the Interview Simulator to practise and record back your performance.
  4. Use the Graduate First platform to practise video interviews.
  5. Book a 45 minute Practice Interview appointment on Career Connect with a Careers Adviser.

Click the image to watch the video and then complete the tasks below:

LinkedIn Tasks

  1. Check out our Careers Centre online advice on LinkedIn.
  2. Set up your LinkedIn profile.
  3. Start to build your network using the  St Andrews LinkedIn Alumni Tool.
  4. Research alumni profiles of interest to you and check out their career journeys.
  5. Book an appointment with a Careers adviser (or during the semester a CV adviser) to receive LinkedIn advice and feedback.