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How we can help

Employers tell us that a degree alone is no longer enough in a competitive jobs market. They are seeking students and graduates who stand out from the crowd through well-developed transferable skills, gained from a range of extra-curricular activities and work experience undertaken during their time at university.

With this in mind, the BU Careers & Employability Service helps equip you with the tools and knowledge you need: from your first day at BU through to graduation and beyond – up to three years after graduation.

You can get support on topics including looking for part-time work, work experience in the UK or overseas during vacation periods, deciding what to do during your placement year, or finding out where your degree could take you.

If you are confused about the recruitment process and need tips about your CV or interview style, BU’s experienced Careers & Employability team provides a space to discuss your options, offering impartial support and guidance.

To find out more, visit us in our Careers Centre in The Edge Student Development Centre (outside the Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus), open Monday-Friday 8.45am-4.30pm. Or access our online careers system MyCareerHub which gives you access – after you have enroled – to the following services and support:

Access to job opportunities – part-time, vacation, placement and graduate jobs

MyCareerHub features a job vacancy database offering hundreds of opportunities that local, national and international employers are currently advertising to BU students. There is the facility to alert you to any new jobs that are added to the system. So you never have to miss out on any new opportunities that become available! Visit the Jobs section in MyCareerHub.

Meet local and national employers on campus

To ensure you have every opportunity to meet employers on campus and secure possible work opportunities with them, we continuously develop our links with both local and national employers, running recruitment fairs and employer presentations on campus throughout the academic year. Including the annual Graduate & Placements Fair and Part-time Jobs Fair. To find out about all the employer events we are running and how to book onto them, visit MyCareerHub.

Help with the job application process

To help you secure and shine at interviews and assessment centres, we run regular job application workshops on campus throughout the academic year to help you with writing CVs, application forms and preparing effectively for interviews. To find out more and to book your place, visit the Events area of MyCareerHub. You also have free access to practice interview and psychometric tools via MyCareerHub.

Advice and guidance

Whether you have a quick query or want to speak to one our advisors confidentially, we offer face-to-face, telephone and Skype appointments on the following topics:

  • If you are unsure of what to do next or where your degree could take you
  • Formulating job-hunting strategies for getting a job
  • Practicing mock interviews and assessment centres
  • Marketing yourself to employers through your CV and covering letter
  • Postgraduate study options both in the UK and abroad
  • Working abroad
  • Self-employment options
  • Accessing job opportunities if you have a disability or are an international student
  • If you are considering changing or leaving your course.

Drop into The Edge (outside the library) or book an appointment via MyCareerHub.

Access to a comprehensive range of print and online employability resources

To help save you time randomly googling for jobs and careers information and being unsure of the quality of the resources you are finding, the BU Careers & Employability Service provides a comprehensive collection of quality resources to help you with your career planning needs. The resources aim to provide useful information and guidance for a range of careers topics including the job hunting and application process, as well as to help you to identify potential opportunities which will enhance your overall employability.

A number of magazines, books and handouts are available from the Careers Centre in The Edge (outside the library) and online resources are available on MyCareerHub.

Further opportunities to boost your CV

A number of opportunities both at BU and externally which will help to boost your CV further, are advertised via our Employability Blog and Twitter feed so check these regularly for updates.

Careers & Employablity Service policies

You can download our policies to find out more about areas such as equal opportunities and confidentiality.