Careers and Employability Support
Careers and employment
You'll be in experienced hands, helped by careers advisers with an excellent track record. We're the number 1 university in the UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist, 2017). And we have high graduate employment rates – 97.5% of our students are in work or further study 6 months after finishing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE), 2017). This is largely due to the careers support Portsmouth students receive.
Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy. You can also get help to apply for further study such as a Master's or PhD, or to set up your own business.
Careers support you can receive
- Careers advice – 1-to-1 appointments face-to-face or via telephone or video chat
- Help to find a part-time job, volunteering opportunity or graduate job (local and national)
- Online jobs board
- Enterprise and startup clinics
- Career skills workshops
- Recruitment fairs
- Online advice and resources
- CV and cover letter writing
- Interview preparation and practice
How we'll support you
You can book an appointment with the Careers and Employability Service at any point during your studies. You'll get information, advice and guidance for finding part-time work, placements, volunteering and graduate jobs. We can help in the following areas:
Career planning and getting into your chosen sector
We'll talk through your ideas about the career you want to get into and discuss your options. Our detailed sector career guides can help you understand the sector you want to work in and the job roles available. They'll give you an idea of what routes to take and what skills you need.
CV advice and cover letters
We'll review your CV and cover letters to give you the best chance of getting your dream job. If you've never written a CV or cover letter before, we can help with that too at our workshops on CV and cover letter writing.
We'll also help you perfect your Linkedin profile and make sure it matches your CV.
We have a detailed guide to help you complete job applications. Our experts can also review your application before you hit send.
Interview advice and practice
Our online guides can help you prepare for job interviews and our example questions can help you practice your answers.
You can do mock interviews with our careers advisers to practice answering questions and get expert feedback on your interview style.
Companies often use telephone and video interviews, especially in the early stages of the recruitment process, or if the company is located in another city or country. We'll help you get comfortable with telephone and video interviews.
Assessment centres and psychometric tests
Assessment centres and psychometric tests assess your skills and competencies. You might only experience these for the first time when you apply for a placement or graduate role. We have many free resources so you can practice for these sorts of assessments.
We can help you look at your options and career plans for after you graduate. When the time comes, we'll support you to search for jobs online and understand job markets in your sector.
Our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy works with local employers and can help match you with quality graduate jobs. You can book a face-to-face, phone or video appointment with an adviser. This is in addition to our online jobs board where you can look for roles across the UK and beyond.
As a graduate, you'll get unlimited access to support from our Careers and Employability Service for up to 5 years after you graduate. Head over to our alumni benefits page to find out the other benefits our recent graduates get.
We have lots of online resources if you're thinking of pursuing a career abroad. You can book an appointment with a careers adviser to discuss employment options overseas.
Working in the UK as an international student
We can give you careers support if you're moving to the UK as an international student. We can't give you personalised immigration advice, but we can help you access resources to find the right job or volunteering opportunity.
Visit our working during your studies page for information about working in the UK as an international student. And head to our post-study work visas page for information about working in the UK after you graduate.
If you're thinking of further study and want to talk through your ideas, or if you want to discuss your career options related to different courses, you can book a 1-to-1 appointment with a careers adviser.
Careers and employability events
As a student or graduate of the last 5 years, you can attend our careers and employability events, including recruitment fairs and careers workshops.
We run various recruitment fairs throughout the year, including our annual recruitment fair that hosts employers from across the UK as well as large local employers.
Other recruitment fairs are focused on particular industries – these are great if you're looking to get into a specific sector. Previous sector-specific events have focused on industries such as teaching, environment, construction and law.
Careers and employability workshops
When you join us, you can attend free workshops run by our expert advisers at the Careers and Employability Centre.
We develop these workshops specifically for you. The workshops aim to support your career planning, job hunting and personal development.
Careers workshop topics
- researching employers
- aptitude tests
- commercial awareness
- personal statements
- practical job searching
- writing CVs
Studying with us gives you more than dedicated careers and employability support. You can also benefit from work placements and experience opportunities, volunteering opportunities and startup advice.
A placement year degree is a great way to put your learning into practice – and increase your job opportunities once you graduate.
If you've got a passion for entrepreneurship and a great idea for a new business, we can help you get up and running.
Whatever industry you're interested in, we can help you with work experience opportunities.