Motivating our students, explaining career options, CVs, and work experience Motivating our students, explaining career options, CVs, and work experience

Careers advisers deliver talks and workshops to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in almost all UEA Schools on a range of career management topics.

Topics include:

  • Subject or School specific career options (e.g. Options with History, Working with Chemistry)
  • CVs, covering letters and application forms
  • Generating opportunities including finding work experience, further study and employment
  • Postgraduate study 

Either given as information-based talks or workshops involving group learning, these sessions have a number of functions:

  • Providing opportunity for student reflection on what they will do when their course finishes
  • Raising student awareness of career management issues and providing practical advice on action they can take
  • Addressing commonly asked questions, such as ‘How do I get funding for further study?' ‘What are graduate schemes?'
  • Raising student awareness of how UEA Careers Service at CareerCentral can help
  • Helping to gain work experience, where part of coaching programmes involving workshops and one-to-one sessions.

To be most effective, talks need to be timely and tailored to specific year groups; for example, ensuring that a work experience talk for Year 2 students is delivered in time to secure summer placements. The table below gives an example of a ‘typical' programme of talks delivered over a three-year degree course. Poor attendance can be an issue, particularly where the talks are entirely removed from the taught curriculum and not promoted from within Schools.

A typical programme for careers talks and workshops

Year 1 Autumn Introductory talk on the Careers Service at CareerCentral, introducing School Careers Adviser
Spring CVs for work experience and voluntary work
Year 2 Autumn Options related to degree subject
Spring Work experience, summer placements
Year 3 Autumn Further study/graduate job applications
Options - employer awareness
Spring CVs / interviews