Employability and Next Steps
COVID-19 update: in line with UK government guidance and UCSD’s transition to online learning, we are currently providing employability support to students and graduates remotely.
Below you will find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. You can also get in touch for advice via email or phone 01803 540870.
If you are an employer looking to advertise a vacancy, please visit our Information for Employers page.
If you are looking for part-time work
Find vacancies on our Careers and Employability Centre. If accessing for the first time, you will need to register with your student email address.
Although some sectors will not be hiring, many supermarkets and delivery-based businesses are in need of urgent extra staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check supermarkets’ and other essential retailers (such as Boots, Superdrug and Savers) websites and social media. Job Centre Plus are also sharing regular vacancies on Twitter.
Proud to Care Devon are recruiting Healthcare Assistants and other roles across Devon, to fill a variety of shift work, including evening and weekends in a variety of different settings on both a temporary and permanent basis.
The most important thing at this time is to follow government guidance, making sure you stay safe and do not put yourself or other people at risk.
If you have applied for a job or received a job offer
If you are looking for and/or have applied for a job, TARGETjobs have shared useful advice on what you need to know about job hunting during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you have received a job offer and have not heard anything from your new employer, you could politely contact them to confirm if they know whether the opportunity will go ahead.
If you are making plans for your next steps
We understand a lot of students will be worried about how the coronavirus outbreak will impact their next steps. While the sector works to understand the implications for graduate opportunities, there are a number of things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be for securing future opportunities:
- Review your CV – Prospects have some useful articles on how to write a CV and writing a personal profile in addition to some example CVs
- Develop your online presence – create a LinkedIn profile (see the University of Plymouth’s ‘how to’ video here) to showcase your relevant skills and experience and build your network. There are other ways you can use LinkedIn and other social media platforms to help with job hunting too
- Apply for part-time work or volunteering opportunities – find local and remote part-time work and volunteering opportunities on our Careers & Employability Centre
- Research employers you are interested in working for
- Register for job alerts on employers’ websites
- Practice telephone interviews and video interviews
- Listen to Prospects’ Future You podcast – find out how to get the skills employers want, job interview secrets and how to become an entrepreneur
- Develop your skills and knowledge through an online course – try Future Learn for free online courses created by universities, business schools and specialist organisations; or the College have a number of free online courses covering topics such as safeguarding and stress awareness. If you are studying on a University of Plymouth approved programme, you also have access to LinkedIn Learning using your Plymouth login details.
If you are considering postgraduate study
- Have a read of this article on the benefits of Masters study
- Search Masters and postgraduate qualifications (including part-time and distance learning routes) on FindAMasters.com
- Looking to stay local? University of Plymouth, University of Exeter and Plymouth Marjon University all offer postgraduate study
- Find out about postgraduate funding options
- Understand how to apply for a Masters degree including advice on personal statements for postgraduate applications
If you are currently employed
If you are studying on a programme approved by the University of Plymouth, you can also access a range of digital resources on topics such as applications and interview techniques via myCareer. myCareer is the University of Plymouth’s online career development platform. You will need to log in using your Plymouth login details.
We offer friendly information, advice and guidance to our students and graduates, supporting them to develop their employability and explore their career goals and progress into further study and/or employment.
There are opportunities both within and beyond the course to help students to enhance their employability and consider their next steps, including dedicated events and workshops. Such opportunities also offer a great chance for students to engage with local organisations, employers and alumni who are willing to share useful information and advice.
We encourage all students to make the most of the activities on offer throughout their time at UCSD, so that they are equipped with the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to help them succeed.