Jobs and Work Experience
Information and resources to support you with searching for graduate roles, internships, part-time work and more.
Did you know…?
Not all vacancies are advertised – in fact research suggests around 70% (Graduate Recruitment Bureau 2020). This is common for smaller employers who may not have the budget to advertise; or look to their own network for their next hire.
To locate these hidden opportunities, it is important that you take the initiative in your search. Identify an employer or sector of interest and do your research, so you are clued up on what would make a suitable candidate. Then you could try asking someone you know if they can put you in touch with a contact (also known as networking) for example, or approach an employer with a speculative application.
Internships and placements
Search for paid internships and other work experience opportunities on the Careers and Employability Centre.
- STEM Graduates into Business is a project aimed at incentivising small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon to employ a graduate from a STEM degree on a paid 6 to 12-month internship. Opportunities are advertised through the Careers & Employability Centre, but you can also register your interest for more information here.
Part-time work whilst you study
Part-time and casual work during COVID-19
- Although some sectors may not be hiring at the moment, many supermarket chains, other essential retailers and delivery-based businesses are in need of part-time and temporary staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are advertising these vacancies through the Careers & Employability Centre.
- Please make sure you stay safe, do not put other people at risk and follow government guidance.
- TARGETjobs have shared some useful advice on what you need to know about job hunting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Search for a part-time role on the Careers and Employability Centre.
- Apply to become a UCSD Student Ambassador
Volunteer work during COVID-19
A number of charity organisations have paused their volunteering opportunities for the time-being due to the current circumstances, so there are likely to be fewer opportunities than normal. We are continuing to share any vacancies we receive via the Careers and Employability Centre, including virtual volunteering opportunities which you can access remotely.
Search for volunteering roles, including virtual opportunities on the Careers and Employability Centre.
- You can also search for volunteering opportunities across the UK on Do-it.org
- Information on types of volunteering and how it can help your career (Prospects)
- Information on your rights as a volunteer including cover for expenses (GOV.UK)
Graduate jobs during COVID-19
- Many employers have reorganised their recruitment, moving to phone and virtual interview practices.
- Many larger employers are delaying or reducing the number of graduates they are recruiting; the picture for SMEs is still unclear.
- However, there are still graduate jobs being advertised – some are being offered as remote working opportunities initially.
- With fewer graduate jobs, the labour market is more competitive so you might find it harder to find or get the job you want. It’s important to remember that you are not alone in this. While it might feel like a setback, it doesn’t mean your degree wasn’t worthwhile and that you need to abandon hope of ever landing a job that you love.
- Many of the key graduate employment sectors (including health, social care and IT) have been less affected by the pandemic.
- In a more challenging economic climate, consider what opportunities you can get involved with in the short-term. You will have developed plenty of transferable skills through your time at university, and these could lend themselves well to broader opportunities beyond those directly related to your degree.
- You can continue to develop your employability and engage in career planning through other means, such as virtual work experience opportunities, free online short courses and researching relevant employers.
- Visit the Next Steps Support website for information and resources to support you in your career journey during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Graduate level roles are advertised on the Careers and Employability Centre, where you can also explore employer profiles and learn more about those you might like to join.
You could also take a look and register for alerts on Gradsouthwest, a graduate jobs board advertising permanent roles, internships and other opportunities in the South West.
- Advice on using social media for your job search (Prospects)
- Learn how recruitment agencies can help you search for a job (Prospects)
- Get advice on where to look for jobs and requirements if you are looking to work abroad (Prospects)
Many larger graduate employers run structured graduate training programmes, or ‘graduate schemes’. The training lasts around 12-24 months and can involve working across different aspects of the business. Many schemes start recruiting from the beginning of the academic year for the following summer, so it’s important that you do some research and are ready to apply by the time you start your Bachelor’s/Top-Up year. Find out more about graduate schemes.
- A wide range of graduate schemes are advertised on the Careers and Employability Centre
- Looking to stay within the South West region? Gradsouthwest have put together a South West Graduate Scheme Directory.
- A list of popular graduate schemes and deadlines for 2019/20 – Save the Student
Self-employment and working for yourself
Learn about the different forms of self-employment and get advice on how to get started, including creating a business plan and calculating start-up costs (Prospects).
- TDA Business – information, advice and support with starting a business, writing a business plan and more for those living and working in the South West. You can also book a free business advice session.
- Heart of the South West Growth Hub – free support and advice on all aspects of self-employment, including local information on programmes to support you to start your own business, available funding and more.
- Gov.UK – useful information on what you need to do to register as self-employed
- Start Up Donut – start-up and SME advice and resources
- The Prince’s Trust –the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme offers support with starting a business or becoming an entrepreneur, for those aged 18-30.
- Apply for a Virgin Startup Loan to help launch or grow your business
- Outset – business start-up support with a particular focus on supporting long-term unemployed, BME groups, 16-25 year olds and over 50s, women, single parents and people with disability and physical or mental health conditions
Advice and support is also available if you are looking to start a social enterprise:
- Social Enterprise UK – advice for anyone looking to start a social enterprise
- Inspire 2 Enterprise – support for individuals looking to create social enterprises across the UK
Workplace rights and support
- GOV.UK: Working, jobs and pensions covers all the information you need to know about UK employment law including student jobs, national minimum wage, hours, holiday entitlement and unfair dismissal
- Get support in work if you have a disability or health condition (GOV.UK) covers reasonable adjustments you can ask your employer to make and the Access to Work scheme, which provides funding to help cover the costs of travel, specialist equipment and more
- Check how much tax you should pay on your earnings as a student (GOV.UK)
- Employment rights and pay for interns (GOV.UK)
- Work conditions for international students (UKCISA)
- If things go wrong, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provide free and confidential advice on employment rights and issues