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The Careers & Employability Service are here to guide students and graduates through the transition from university to work.

To improve the quality of our services, we offer two types of 'quick query' appointment:

Guidance appointments

To discuss any careers related problem or seek advice about career planning, please ask for an appointment with a Careers Consultant. Due to student feedback, we are currently trialling a longer 20 minute appointment - ask our front desk for more information. 

 CV/Application form check

To check through a CV, application form, personal statement or cover letter please ask for a 15 minute appointment with one of our Application Advisers

Interview approaching? If you have an interview confirmed with an employer we can set up a 45 minute "practice interview" for you (see FAQs below). 

To book

Before you book, take a look at our Careers Moodle Courses,
which may help address your questions.

You should also check to see if your question can be answered through our pages on exploring job options, getting experience, finding jobs or applying for jobs (CVs, cover letters, interviews, etc).

 You can contact us Mon - Fri, 10:00 - 17:00 (During vacations we close for lunch 12:30 - 13:30).


What can I ask?

Ask anything career-related. For example;

  • "I don't know where to start. What should I do first?"
  • "Could you please check my CV/application form/covering letter?"
  • "Which job might suit me?"
  • "I'm thinking of changing course. What do I need to think about?"
  • "How do I prepare for an interview/assessment centre/etc?"
  • "How do I deal with a tricky issue that's worrying me?"

Will I get an answer to all my questions?

If we know the answer, we will tell you. If we don't know we will point you towards resources that might help. If we don't know of any resources, we will discuss with you how you might go about finding some.

We will probably ask you some questions during the session. These questions provide us with the information we need in order to help you. There are no wrong answers!

How should I prepare for a quick query?

If you want to ask about which jobs might suit you:

If you want your CV, covering letter, application form checked:

  • Read up on CVs, covering letters and application forms
  • Bring a print out of your CV, covering letter, application form
  • Bring the related employer documents, for example, job advert, job description, person specification

If you want your LinkedIn profile checked:

  • Read up on creating a strong LinkedIn profile.
  • Bring your tablet or laptop to the appointment. Login to your device and open your LinkedIn profile. Do this while waiting for your appointment (you'll only have 15 minutes with the adviser, so don't waste it booting up your device!)

If you want information on jobs, further study or the job seeking process (CVs, applications, interviews, etc):

If you want to ask us anything else:

  • Take a moment to think over what you might need to tell the careers consultant in order for them to be able to help you
  • Bring any related materials or documents

What if I'm late?

If you are more than 5 minutes late we will cancel your appointment. This is because 10 minutes is not long enough to effectively deal with a careers related question and delays can inconvenience other users.

If you feel you are going to be late, please let us know ASAP. If you do arrive late,

Can I have a one hour appointment?

Come to a quick query first (95% of questions can be answered in a quick query). If we feel that you would benefit from a longer session we will book one in for you.

What is a practice interview? Can I have one?

A practice interview is a very effective way of preparing for an interview.

It is a simulated interview where a careers consultant plays the role of the employer. We ask you typical interview questions, based on the job description you provide us with.

Once you have an interview confirmed with an employer, contact us immediately, as per the instructions above. If a careers consultant is available we will set up a practice interview for you.

How should I prepare for a practice interview?

When you book a practice interview you will be asked to fill in a form so that we have everything we need. You should also read up on interviews.


What to ask?

 People come to us with a range

of questions:


- Is my CV/app/cover letter OK?


- What to think about before I change course?


- I don't know what job to do


- I don't know where to start


- How to decide between options?


- I have a career problem


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