There are logical and effective ways of approaching this challenge that will allow you to avoid the scattergun approach used by some students as finals approach and panic starts to set in.
Different industries require different approaches. Networking won’t get you a public sector job – the procedure there is formal and structured. Few media people have ever filled out an application form – it’s all about contacts and grabbing opportunities.
Have the courage to question your job hunting strategy and think about what isn’t working – and try something new that might.
If you need help, you can talk through your ideas with a careers adviser who will help you identify which jobs may suit your skills, abilities and interests.
Search our Jobs Board and careers areas
Employers and organisations targeting our students and graduates post vacancies to our Jobs Board.
The Jobs Board has opportunities from local, national and international organisations from a wide range of sectors. You can filter your search according to the industry you want to work in and the location of the job. There are also some vacancies which target international students and graduates for work in overseas job markets.
You can also search our careers areas, which lists specialist job-hunting and work experience resources for more than 50 different careers.
Specialist recruitment websites
It is impossible to be aware of every graduate scheme that is available, and there isn't a single resource that will act as a definitive guide. But there are a great many online vacancy sources available, allowing you to sign up for email alerts for types of jobs that interest you.
The biggest graduate recruitment websites include:
- EmployAbility – offering opportunities for disabled and dyslexic students
- Inside Careers
- The Job Crowd.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes. There are over 300 job opportunities each year. Taking part can help your career and often leads to a permanent job. Search the latest KTP vacancies online.
Jobs Growth Wales
Jobs Growth Wales creates job appointments for young people aged 16-24 and has a specific strand focused on the creation of graduate level opportunities and secured further EU funding of £25m in May 2015 to run for another three years.
LGBT+ students and graduates
Stonewall has its own jobs site, Proud Employers, that contains hundreds of jobs from LGBT-friendly employers across the UK.
If you're a Welsh speaker
You can find jobs and work experience opportunities on:
The latest graduate directories and the sector-specific publications give details of graduate vacancies and are available free from the Careers and Employability Centre from October onwards.
The University library subscribes to a wide range of key professional journals and trade publications to help you keep up-to-date. Use LibrarySearch to locate them – if you aren’t sure which would be best for you to use, then contact the subject librarian for your area of interest. Alumni are entitled to library membership.
Professional journals and specialist magazines relevant to your employment area may also be useful sources of vacancies eg Nature, New Scientist, The Law Gazette or The Architects' Journal. Ask a member of our team which publications might be useful to your particular careers search or search our careers areas.
Employers visit the University throughout the year, attending our careers fairs and delivering deliver workshops, presentations and drop-ins on campus – all are invaluable opportunities to get first-hand information about jobs and career areas. You can find details of employer activities in your Careers Account.
If you're a current student
You can find resources on the student intranet that will allow you to research companies and organisations as well as industries and markets to help you prepare for job applications and interviews. The most useful resources include:
- EBSCO Business Source Premier
- Financial Information Made Easy
- Nexis UK
Ask your Academic School
Some Academic Schools have very good links with employers, particularly in the more vocational subjects or those having placement years. In these cases, the employers may well go to the School direct to arrange a presentation or advertise a vacancy.
Your School will publicise these opportunities to you, and it is well worth following them up as the vacancies will sometimes be advertised to a very select number of universities.
Find out more
For more advice about job hunting or if you'd like additional names of websites or companies that advertise jobs, please contact us:
Careers and Employability
- Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 4844