Careers and Employability Services - Supporting you through the COVID-19 pandemic
We are making every effort to maintain our online careers support for you during this challenging time. Our staff have moved to a working-from-home model in line with the UK Government’s recommendations. Although we are currently managing to maintain normal service, we hope you understand if we are not always able to answer your queries within the normal five working day period.
For all other updates not related to careers visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Help Centre page which is updated regularly.
Careers self-service and student-to-student resources, advice and guidance
We understand that whilst you're busy with other priorities, you may also be taking time to review your study motivations, your goals and to plan for the future. You can still access help with exploring options open to you, changing and planning your career. We are continuing to provide all of our self-service group activities such as webinars and forums and career learning events. We've also opened the Careers Café, an online platform to chat, share careers tips and notes with other students in the same way you share study notes on module forums. It will be open 24 hours a day and the careers team will monitor and contribute from time to time where appropriate’ .
Contacting the Careers and Employability Service team
Whether exploring your career options or choosing your next module in line with your plans, you can still access individual guidance by email, telephone or Skype. Alternatively, you may have recently received module results that affect your career choices and wish to discuss your options. We also appreciate some of you may be experiencing uncertainty in your current work situation due to COVID-19. If you would like the opportunity to discuss options and next steps with an experienced Careers Consultant, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We'll do everything we can to support you through this difficult time. Although we aim to maintain normal service, we recommend for individual support that you contact us using the webform in the first instance. You could also use the Ask a question feature in OpportunityHub.
Vacancies, virtual internships and volunteering on OpportunityHub
The employers we work with think long term, so many are continuing to hire but have moved their recruiting online. They are keeping us informed so we can provide as up-to-date advice as possible regarding the impact of COVID-19 on various sectors. OpportunityHub is still open for business for students hoping to take up opportunities such as virtual internships and volunteering opportunities, as well as applying for graduate schemes and roles advertised by employers. We have also created a new resource to support you: we post our weekly featured jobs digest every Thursday in the News section of OpportunityHub, with the latest opportunities from employers. Please be aware that although information is accurate at the time of posting, some employers may pause their recruitment or be in the process of moving their recruitment processes online due to the rapidly changing situation.
Achieving Your Goals programme and Disabled Veterans Scheme
If you are part of the Achieving Your Goals programme, do check in to your official forums and/or Facebook groups, as your dedicated careers team will still be supporting you on these platforms. If you are in the Disabled Veterans Scheme, our Disabled Veterans' Team is here to help you.
Finding employment in a changing job market
If your current job is under threat, or you’ve recently been laid-off as a result of COVID 19, there are lots of resources to help you. For example, our article Redundancy - your next steps can help you to deal with the prospect of being made redundant and turn it into a positive opportunity to make a career change.
You might find the BBC’s news article Coronavirus: How do I find a new job and which sectors are hiring? helpful, which includes the latest labour market insights, looks at which sectors are hiring and offers tips on finding a job during a recession. We have also spoken to employers and captured their insight in a series of videos that reveal how ways of working have changed and the extent to which COVID-19 has transformed the hiring process and what this means when for you when applying for a role or starting a new position in a different company.
COVID-19 has inevitably increased the competition for jobs so remember things are tough and building resilience and perseverance is key. Our OpenLearn course Developing career resilience can help you build confidence and combat anxiety when it comes to job seeking.
Government Kickstart scheme
From November 2020 the government is rolling out six-month paid work experience placements for 16-24 year-olds across all nations. The scheme will provide placements from local employers to 16-24 year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit or are at risk of long-term unemployment. The government funded initiative has been designed to provide an opportunity for those just entering the workplace and beginning their careers to continue developing their skill set and experience.
Visit the Gov.uk Kickstart website to find out more about the scheme, how it works, how employers enrol, and how to apply.
Careers and Employability news
Our news stories cover everything from re-writing your CV to job-hunting in uncertain times. These links will take you to news items which you might find helpful.