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:
Access to 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. We also subscribe to GoinGlobal, advertising job vacancies all over the world. Sign up so you never 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 BU Annual Careers Fair (October), Part-time Jobs Fairs (February & October) and the Annual Nursing Fair (January) among others.
To view all of the employer events we are running or promoting (on and off campus) visit MyCareerHub.
Help with the job application process
To help you shine at interviews and assessment centres, we run regular workshops on campus throughout the academic year to help you prepare effectively. There are also sessions to help you with writing CVs, applications forms, using LinkedIn and networking. To find out more and to book your place, visit the Events section 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:
- Helping you to understand yourself and your work motivations
- How to acquire the workplace skills that employers really want
- 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
- Understanding UK recruitment process as an international student and accessing jobs
- If you are considering changing or leaving your course.
Access to a comprehensive range of print & 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.
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.