Today's global employers are seeking students and graduates who stand out from the crowd with well-developed transferable skills, gained from a range of extra-curricular activities and work experience undertaken during 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 then up to three years after graduation. Find out about our events on campus, meet employers and gain those essential work ready skills. If you're confused about the recruitment process or finding out where your degree can take you, and need tips about your job applications and interview techniques, BU’s experienced and friendly Careers & Employability team provide a space to discuss your options, offering impartial support and guidance.
*For Level 5 students who are doing a mandatory placement as part of their course and require help with finding a placement and the placement recruitment process, please refer to your dedicated Faculty Placement Coordinator for help and advice. If you're unsure of who this is then please call 01202 961663.
To find out more, visit us in the Careers Centre (outside the library, Talbot Campus), open Monday-Friday 8.45am-4.30pm. You can contact the team directly, or access our online careers system MyCareerHub which gives you access – with your BU username and password – to the following services and support:
Job opportunities – part-time, vacation, placement & graduate jobs
MyCareerHub features a job vacancy database offering hundreds of opportunities that local, national and international employers are currently advertising to BU students, including part time, placement, internship and graduate roles. You can also find job vacancies by your degree and we also subscribe to GoinGlobal, advertising job vacancies all over the world. In addition to this you can also access more job hunting tips via 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 by running recruitment fairs and employer presentations throughout the academic year. Including the Part-time Jobs Fair (October), the BU Annual Careers Fair (October), the Health and Social Sciences Careers Fair (November) and the Spring Recruitment Fair (March).
To view all of the employer events we are running on campus visit MyCareerHub.
Job application advice
To help you with writing effective CVs and covering letters, and to help you shine at interviews, we run drop in sessions in the Careers Centre every day, where you can get advice and get your job applications reviewed by a Careers Advisor. We offer weekly skills workshops on how to find and apply for job opportunities. You can also request a Practice Mock Interview and access a comprehensive range of CV writing resources and interview and psychometric test resources via MyCareerHub.
More advice and guidance
You will find further advice and guidance available on MyCareerHub on a range of topics including:
- Where and how to look for job opportunities – part time, volunteering, placement, internships and graduate vacancies, by your degree/job sector
- Developing your self awareness around potential career paths
- Graduate training schemes
- Graduate labour market and typical earnings
- Self employment/entrepreneurship
- Postgraduate study options
- Working abroad
If you would like to discuss any of these with one of our Careers Advisors, then we offer confidential face-to-face, telephone and Skype appointments both at Lansdowne and Talbot Campus.
Online careers tools
You will find a comprehensive range of online tools to help you with the career planning, job hunting and application process on MyCareerHub including:
- Industry reports
- CV and covering letter booklet and checklist
- CV scoring tool - CV 360
- Cover letter builder tool
- LinkedIn checklist tool
- Careers assessment tools
- Practice psychometric tests
- Practice video interview tool
- Practice your presentation pitch tool
- Assessment centre tool
- Business networking tool
To access these and more visit MyCareerHub.
Further opportunities to boost your CV
Support for international students
We have put together some specific careers information for international students on MyCareerHub. In addition to the central workshops offered by Careers & Employability we also offer an Employability Programme for International Students. These workshops are especially for international students and cover topics such as:
- Understanding the UK job market
- Writing UK style CVs and covering letters – with feedback on language
- Interview workshops – with the opportunity to practice articulating skills and experience in English
- Promoting your UK experience abroad
- Sessions to give information about options for working in the UK with visa information.
Student and graduate testimonials
Hear from our students and graduates about their experiences and the benefits of using the Careers & Employability Service.