Looking for a graduate job, industry placement or internship? Whatever job you're searching for, our hints and tips will get you started. For information about working while studying, check our dedicated part-time work webpage.
Where to look
Finding a job isn't just about responding to adverts, there's also speculative applications. The following suggestions should help you with both approaches:
- Local and national directories are a great way to find organisations you may be interested in. Have a look at our organisations directory, the employer database from Abintegro and the Bristol Business Directory to get you started.
- Sector-specific websites and professional bodies have jobs boards but sometimes offer careers support. Check out our sector guides for details of the most relevant professional bodies and vacancy websites.
- Student-specific websites are a great place to look for graduate vacancies. Try Prospects and TARGETjobs for all subjects, Inside Careers for finance and Gradcracker for STEM careers. The Guardian careers website also has some great advice available for people at all career stages.
- Social media is a very helpful tool and one that most don't think of using. Check out company careers pages on Facebook and use the search facility on Twitter to find jobs, industry professionals and company profiles. LinkedIn is also popular as a professional networking site - check out our talk to alumni page for tips to get started.
Finding a job can seem daunting but don't panic. Here are our top tips to help find a graduate job or internship:
- Be prepared! Get your CV ready, practice your interview skills and get to grips with application forms.
- Get networking! Building up contacts and talking to alumni will open up opportunitities to ask for advice, job shadowing or work experience.
- Be creative! When searching for roles or opportunitities, change your search terms regularly to get a variety of results. For example, 'laboratory internship', 'chemistry placement' and 'lab placement'.
- Be knowledgable! Keep a note of any job titles that interest you and use these in your search. Remember that 'officer', 'assistant' and 'coordinator' are sometimes interchangable.
- Be resilient! Don't be disheartened if you don't get a job straight away. Learn from your experiences, try again and come in and see us if you'd like to discuss your options.