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Career Clinics and Career Appointments

Just a quick query? Come along to one of our clinics which lasts for 15 minutes - reserve your place by booking online. Visit our website for full details:

Book an appointment with a careers adviser which lasts for 30 minutes, and let us help you with:
• Planning your career and study options.
• Finding and applying for jobs.
• Preparing for interviews.

If you graduated within the previous two years and wish to make an appointment, contact the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building or email:

Introducing Career Success: our new e-learning portal which will help develop your employability skills


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GCU Careers Service is pleased to announce the launch of our new online platform which is specifically designed to improve student, graduate and alumni employability – welcome to Career Success!

Working alongside the Careers Service, Career Success will provide you with many of the career preparation tools you will need to succeed in today’s job market. It will also connect you to our new CareerHub which offers hundreds of live job opportunities: graduate jobs; placements; internships; part-time and voluntary jobs.

The platform offers you hundreds of accessible, contemporary and interactive e-learning resources – there’s a fantastic range of video, audio and text based materials which you can view in your own time via computer, tablet or mobile phone.

GCU students want to learn more about graduate employment opportunities, how best to find the right job and how to prepare for that all important interview. Career Success can go a long way to help you maximise your potential and your chances for employability in the graduate job market.

Career Success has over 450 video resources across 21 topics that you can access with short tutorials, and these include: assessment centres; interview skills, questions and answers; salary negotiating; and self-development.

In addition there are over 110 tutorials which are written templates, resources and guides covering topics such as self-development, self-employment and career management.

Register now to access the fantastic range of interactive resources that Career Success provides by following the link from the Careers Service homepage.


The countdown has started to the GCU Volunteering & Recruitment Fair


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Prepare For Interview – Our NEW Sessions Designed To Help You Get That Job!


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Come along to one of our Preparing for Interviews sessions and we’ll help you with interview techniques and tips!

Each session will start at 12:15pm and will finish at 12:45pm, in the Careers Centre, Campus Life Lounge.

These CV sessions are aimed at Levels 3, 4 and PG students – there’s no need to book but each session will be limited to 10 students, so please be early to guarantee your place!

  • Thursday 14th February
  • Tuesday 19th February
  • Thursday 28th February
  • Tuesday 5th March

Look forward to seeing you there!

Going to the Camp America Recruitment Fair in Edinburgh? Have a look at the FAQs before you go!


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The good people at Camp America have prepared a list of FAQs for you to look at ahead of their forthcoming Career Fair in Edinburgh on Tuesday 22nd January. To check out the list click here.


New CV Sessions Just Announced!


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Each session will start at 12:15pm and will finish at 12:45pm, in the Careers Centre, Campus Life Lounge.

These CV sessions are aimed at Levels 3, 4 and PG students – there’s no need to book but each session will be limited to 10 students, so please be early to guarantee your place!

  • Tuesday 12th February: CVs for the Marketing & Advertising Industry
  • Thursday 21st February: CVs for Engineers
  • Tuesday 26th February: CVs for the Financial Services Industry
  • Thursday 7th March: CVs for IT & Technology

Look forward to seeing you there!

Key trends among UK first degree graduates


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The latest edition of Prospects Luminate has an interesting article on first degree graduates in the UK, looking back and comparing data from the last seven years to see how trends are shifting in certain areas. here are some snippets from the article written by Laura Greaves, Information Analyst at Prospects. Read her full article by clicking here.


Do graduates still enter the same professions as five years ago? How are they looking for jobs? Are SMEs able to compete with the graduate schemes offered by large organisations?

More graduates are pursuing further study

Full-time work is the most common outcome for UK-domiciled graduates after completing their first degree, although the percentage of individuals employed on this basis has fallen slightly from 58.1% in 2013/14 to 56.7% in 2016/17. Part-time work among graduates is also declining, with a 13.5% decrease in the percentage of graduates entering this type of work since 2012/13.

The gender gap has widened

Females may have been underrepresented at universities traditionally, but they now dominate the student cohort. The data for graduates by gender over recent years is in line with this, with the number of female graduates increasing by 30% since 2005/06. With the gender gap widening, finding ways to increase male participation rates in higher education is a challenge for the sector.

Nursing is still the leading degree subject

The past five graduate data collections all recorded nursing as the largest segment of graduates, with growing numbers in this field since 2012/13 (+48%). It is unclear whether this rise will continue as the scrapping of bursaries for nursing and midwifery students in 2017 could disrupt the trend. This is particularly concerning as the demand for nurses in the UK is outweighing supply, with many vacancies left unfilled each year.

Psychology was second, with a 10% increase in graduates over the past five years. This has overtaken business studies, which now makes up the third largest segment of graduates.

Other popular subjects with rising graduate numbers since 2012/13 include:

  • computer science (+14%)
  • academic studies in education (+12%)
  • management studies (+14%)
  • mechanical engineering (+35%).

The demand for graduates has intensified

The number of graduates in professional-level jobs has increased year-on-year from 66.3% in 2012/13 to 73.9% in 2016/17.

The most common subjects studied (particularly vocational ones) are often reflected in the professional-level occupations entered after graduation. It is therefore unsurprising that nursing has been the most popular role for the past five years, with the graduate intake increasing by 56%.

Marketing is a growing industry, with more graduates (+6.5% since 2012/13) opting to begin their careers in this field, elevating it to the second most popular professional-level job entered last year.

More graduates are employed as programmers and software developers (+43%), business professionals (+33%), midwives (+27%), artists (+21%), and finance and investment analysts/advisers (+14%). While this might sound promising – as many of these occupations are in demand – the UK is still suffering from shortages of talent and skills, particularly in software development and midwifery, despite the increased intake of graduates.

Some industries are struggling to compete

The human health industry has remained the largest employer of graduates in the UK over the five-year period, with graduate intake rising by 20%.

More graduates in the UK are also gravitating towards the legal and accounting (+19%) and computer programming and consultancy (+24%) industries.

Big businesses are attracting more graduates

The majority of graduates in 2016/17 worked for a large business (70.2%) and this has remained consistent since 2013/14.3 The NHS could account for a significant share of this percentage as it is one of the dominant graduate employers in the UK.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are sometimes favoured by graduates for the opportunity to develop a range of skills with a high degree of responsibility. However, they can struggle to compete with the structured training schemes offered by larger organisations and the stronger relationships they have with universities.

Graduates favour jobs that fit their career plan

It appears that graduates in 2016/17 were more likely to accept a job because it fitted into their career plan or it was exactly what they wanted (43%) than they did in 2013 (39.7%).

Accepting a job based on the opportunity to progress in an organisation is not the most widely reported motive, but the figure has risen slightly from 5.7% in 2012/13 to 6.2% in 2016/17. Detailing graduate training and progression in job advertisements could encourage more applicants.

More jobs are found through Careers Services

Employer websites, and recruitment agencies and websites, consistently remain the preferred method for graduates to find employment. It is encouraging to see that more graduates in 2016/17 are utilising their careers services to find employment (10.8%) – a 24% increase on the 2012/13 figure (8.6%).

Finding jobs through media sources (including newspapers and magazines) seems to be shrinking (-58%). There has been a marginal decline in the use of personal contacts (-14%) although many still rely on them to secure employment.

The use of social media has risen slightly over the years, but often this is used to signpost individuals to vacancies on an employer’s website, where they will then browse and apply for jobs.

Read Laura’s full article by clicking here.

Looking for a job or a placement? CareerHub@GCU makes it easy!


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We have some great new opportunities on our CareerHub@GCU jobs portal – check them out before they close for applications! If these aren’t for you, don’t worry, we have hundreds more and add new opportunities every day!

CareerHub is the new vacancy portal run by GCU Careers Service. All GCU students are invited to join CareerHub during the registration process at the start of term, and 9000 GCU students and graduates are currently using the system. If you didn’t join during registration you’re missing out on hundreds of graduate vacancies, internships and placements, and part-time jobs.

Don’t worry, you can still register and join CareerHub by clicking here – your GCU student ID and password automatically gives you access to all these fantastic opportunities!

Who should use CareerHub?

  • Students in Years 1-3 should use CareerHub to access information on hundreds of vacancies for part-time jobs, placements, internships and seasonal work.
  • Final year and post graduate students will find CareerHub invaluable, as it allows you to access details Graduate Schemes run by companies throughout the UK.

Here are a few examples of jobs currently advertised on our CareerHub portal which offer fantastic graduate opportunities, all with a Summer 2019 start date but which you have to apply for now!


Great Journalism Training Scheme based in Glasgow. During this 10 month scheme, you will undertake training while working alongside news teams in online and digital, radio and TV news. These placements with different teams, will offer you hands-on experience involving researching, writing and broadcasting news.

Closes 7th February 2019.


Scottish Government – Legal Trainees:

Legal Trainees within the Government Legal Service for Scotland, based in Edinburgh.

£24,580 in the first year, rising to £27,407

Closes 31st January 2019


GlaxosmithKline (GSK):

GSK are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare products.

As a summer Tech intern, your time with us will be truly what you make it. You’ll find yourself in a real role, adding immediate value to our Tech function. You can expect to work collaboratively to implement our tech strategy and deliver on our ambition to empower our business through business-led, tech-driven opportunities.

Tech Summer Placement based in Brentford.

Closes 18th February 2019


Strathclyde Partnership for Transport: Software Engineer

£28,065.00 – £40,296.00 per annum

Day to day duties as a software developer will revolve predominantly around building responsive web applications to high standards, customising current applications in line with changing business needs, and thoroughly testing your work across many different platforms and devices. This is a great opportunity for individuals wanting to work with cutting edge technology.

Based in Glasgow.

Closes 23rd January 2019.


What is a Graduate Scheme?

This is usually a structured training programme run by an employer, with the aim of giving you hands-on experience and a chance to develop a broad understanding of your chosen profession, as well as receiving support in building key skills.

The schemes often last between one and two years (although they can be longer), and are often available in a number of specialisms e.g. finance, marketing, retail, engineering, IT, retail & management. Start dates for these schemes are usually in August or September following graduation.

When to apply for Graduate Schemes:

For final year and post graduate students it’s important to realise that these graduate schemes frequently have a very early closing date, well in advance of the commencement date. Typically, application closing dates can be in the October –January period of your final year, so it’s vitally important that you have your CV looking good and to get your application in early, before the closing date of the scheme.

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Now’s a great time to book an appointment to see a Careers Adviser!


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It’s never been easier to make an appointment to see one of our Careers Advisers – simply follow the link on our homepage and you will have the choice of booking a Careers Clinic (15 minutes) to discuss a quick or initial career related enquiry, or a longer Careers Appointment (45 minutes) for more in-depth matters such as making an informed career decision, developing a job search strategy, or selecting appropriate employers to target.

Whether you’re in Year 1 seeking a part-time job, Years 2 or 3 looking for a placement/summer internship, or Year 4 preparing your CV or have interviews coming up on the horizon, it’s always best to talk through your options with a Careers Adviser – make the appointment now, it will be great to see you!