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We recognise that now more than ever graduates need access to expert careers information and support to help them navigate a competitive job market. The good news is that we have expanded our support to recent graduates. You can access expert help and advice for up to three years from your graduation. Read below to learn more about how we can work with you as a graduate.
How to access us as a graduate
To access Edge Hill University Careers services:
- Graduates may need to register first if you cannot login to the Careers Portal. Make sure you include your old student number.
- Once registered, go into the ‘Me’ area, click on your ‘profile’ and update your personal email address.
When you complete your profile on the site, let us know what jobs you are interested in. You can then set up email alerts for specific information and job vacancies that are relevant to you.
Drop us a message
Obtain expert help and advice via email through our Graduate’s Ask a Question service. You can talk to us about anything careers related. Maybe you are considering what your career options are after your degree, or you want our thoughts on an application, CV or personal statement.
Help and advice
We offer support on:
- Exploring options related to your degree programme
- Finding help and support to make effective applications
- Practicing for graduate recruitment and selection tests using Graduates First
- Preparing for interviews including using our video interview platform Shortlist.ME
- Developing your skills and experience by exploring our dedicated resources
- Finding Volunteering opportunities to help you develop your skills and experience
- Playbacks and watching recordings of previous Careers events
Would you like to meet with one of our Careers Advisers to discuss your career plans or questions? Please use the ‘Ask a Question‘ service to request an appointment. We will do our best to help you to plan your next steps.
Making career plans
Career planning is an ongoing process and something that you will do throughout life as you get to know yourself and what’s important to you and as your opportunities and priorities change. It can feel quite overwhelming to be faced with such an important choice, but remember that not all graduates have a grand career plan when they leave university and most people have several different roles over the course of their career so the first thing you do doesn’t need to be the thing you do for the rest of your life.
There are many different theories and approaches to career planning and people make career plans and choices in different ways. Whilst some plan their career in detail and follow a structured path, others take a more open and less structured approach preferring to test out interests and make the most of chance opportunities.
Things to consider
Think about what skills, knowledge and experience have you already accumulated. Use our Identifying your Skills resource to get some ideas.
We all tend to work better and feel happier when we are doing tasks that play to our strengths. Do you know what your strengths are?Take the World of Work Strength’s quiz
Your preferences and values
What do you enjoy doing and what is important to you in life? – and will this impact your career choices?
University of Life
Watch this University of Life video to identify some things to consider when searching for fulfilling work.
What careers are related to the degree you have studied?Use our subject pages for more information
Which careers will be a match for your priorities and preferences
Over 70% of graduate jobs are open to ANY degree discipline so there are many non-related options to consider too.Prospects Career Planner
Do you have general interests?
If yes, what graduate jobs are there in the sectors which interest you.Prospects job sectors
Watch this video to find out about how to use Prospect to generate ideas and research your options.
Do some research
Some questions to ask yourself are:
- What are the roles and responsibilities of the careers you are considering and are these things you might enjoy and find fulfilling?
- What are the salary and working conditions like – does this fit with your priorities and needs?
- Where are jobs based in terms of country or region, will this work for you?
- What are the entry requirements of the careers which interest you? Do you need further training, skills or experience and what are the options for gaining these?
- What are the entry routes for the careers you are considering? Are there graduate programmes or will you need to work your way up through experience? What jobs or experiences might provide a useful starting point?
- Where are jobs and training opportunities advertised?
The Careers website
The Careers site is a good starting point for your research. You could also use the Prospects and Target careers websites or watch some of the careers videos on icould.
Talking to people
This is another great way to find out about careers and what they really involve – friends, family, employers, tutors and graduates of your subject can all help. If you aren’t sure how to build contacts read this advice from the national career service to get some great ideas.
Try things out
Sometimes the best way to find out about a career area is to try it yourself. Visit our skills and experience section for ideas about how to build your experience and develop great skills for your CV.
Try to narrow down your options by considering which careers most closely match the interests, preferences, priorities and skills that you identified when thinking about yourself.
Making decisions can be difficult. Don’t panic and don’t put it off. Remember this is an ongoing process and the first job you choose is very unlikely to be the one you will stay in forever. Think of steps towards a destination, this is the first step and you can take many different routes to get there.
Careers can help you with all stages of your career planning and decision-making – why not do some initial research using our website and then book a careers appointment to discuss your ideas (or lack of them) with one of our advisers.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”Mark Twain
Looking for a graduate job?Careers Vacancy Portal Graduate jobs page
Want to work in the North West?
If you are looking for work in the North West watch our video on how to find a graduate job in the North West.
Follow us on Connect to enjoy a space to network with fellow alumni, get support with your personal development and access career-boosting opportunities. You can also use the platform to let us know whether you’d like to give back to your University through the gift of your time.
In a competitive graduate job market, submitting strong applications and being well prepared for the selection process is more important than ever.
To increase your chances of success:
- Visit our Making Applications pages for help and advice about all stages of the application and selection process
- Come along to our application and selection webinars.
- Send draft applications to be checked via our Ask a Question service
- Practice your interview technique and get feedback about how to improve
When you graduated from Edge Hill, you left us with much more than a degree. Your coursework, dissertations, placements and work experience equipped you with a whole host of important transferrable skills and attributes to set you up for the working world.
Identifying your skills
- Digital Literacy
- Numeracy and Data Analysis
- Critical Thinking
- Complex Problem Solving
- Planning and Organisation
- Creative and Innovative Thinking
- Reflective Skills
- Influencing and Negotiation
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Self-Motivation: Use of initiative and positive ‘can-do’ attitude
- Self-Belief but not arrogance
No matter what study or career path you have taken after leaving University, you will use lots of the above transferable skills and attributes on a daily basis.
For example, if you are currently working in a bar, some of the skills you will be using include:
- Communication – speaking with customers
- Teamwork – cooperating with colleagues
- Professionalism – handling difficult people and situations
- Empathy – understanding and appreciating the feelings of customers
- Adaptability and flexibility – responding positively to changes in working patterns and responsibilities.