Win £500 To Spend At A Shop Of Your Choice And Help GCU Careers Service At The Same Time

GCU Careers Service needs your feedback to continue to give you excellent careers support. We are taking part in the Trendence survey, one of the UK’s largest student surveys about careers aspirations.  Trendence UK is providing our service with careers reports which will tell us how satisfied you are with your careers support and the university experience. As well as which employers you aspire to work for and which events you find the most effective.

This year, in particular, it is crucial you provide your feedback on how you would like to access careers information. Take the survey, and you will be giving us valuable feedback on how we can tailor our services to best suit you.

In return for your help, Trendence is giving away…

  • a £100 Amazon gift card (given away every week – 14 to give away)
  • a pair of Apple AirPods (two given away)
  • a £500 gift card! Choose from options such as ASOS, Uber, Argos, Amazon, John Lewis, GAME, JD Sports and M&S (two given away)

Tell us what you think of your university course, which employers you like, and how you’re feeling about your future career. Trendence UK will continue to use the results to put together research reports to help universities and employers across the UK, so they know how to support your career journey.

 It only takes 15 minutes (and you can take it on your mobile!)

Take the survey now – click here.

Would you like to know more about Trendence? Here’s some extra information:

The Trendence Graduate study is the UK’s most comprehensive piece of research into students’ views on graduate careers and recruitment: over 74,000 UK students took part last year. Trendence also powers The UK 300, so ranking your favourite employers is a great way to influence their status in the publication. 

Trendence is an excellent tool for helping students to think about graduate careers: the questions require you to rank employers in a variety of ways, helping you to think laterally about your career options and why you like, or don’t like, certain companies.

Your answers are completely anonymous. You are welcome to read our privacy policy which can be found here.  Trendence abides by all MRS codes, ESOMAR codes and ISO 20252. We are conducting this survey in partnership with your Careers Service.


GCU Careers Service: Corona Virus Update 24 September 2020

Although GCU Careers Service staff are currently working remotely on a temporary basis, we will still continue to provide the best service that we possibly can to GCU students and recent graduates.

You can book telephone appointments with us via our Careers Service homepage so please provide a phone number and the careers adviser will contact you.

If your appointment is for CV/Application form feedback, please email these documents in advance to the careers adviser you have booked with – email addresses can also be found on our webpage.

We will continue to post all the latest news and events on our social media channels, so to keep up to date  please follow us via this blog, Twitter and Facebook.


Meet The KPMG Aberdeen Leadership Team – Find Out About Graduate Opportunities In Audit, Tax & Advisory In 2021

When: Thursday 5 November 2020

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Where: Online

Meet the KPMG Aberdeen Leadership Team

KPMG Graduate Recruitment team are pleased to announce a ‘Meet the KPMG Aberdeen Leadership Team’ virtual event to allow students the opportunity to meet our local leadership team and to learn about the graduate opportunities in audit, tax and advisory. This is a chance to gain an understanding of what happens on a daily basis when you work as part of the KPMG team in Aberdeen, You’ll have a chance to get an insight into the career opportunities available at KPMG and some handy hints and tips for your application.

The speakers will share the experiences and lessons learned in their career and business journeys as they inspire us to BE EXCELLENT in our future career journeys. The event is free, but spaces are limited, so please sign up early by clicking the link below!

The event will include:

  • An overview of the audit, tax and advisory departments delivered by KPMG Partners and Directors
  • Experiences and lessons learned in the careers and business journeys of KPMG Partners and Directors
  • An overview of the Graduate Recruitment Process and application tips
  • Q&A from attendees.


Spaces are limited and we expect this event to be popular, so don’t delay in signing up. You will receive an email prior to the event to confirm that you have successfully reserved a space.

To register click here.

Should you have any queries please contact us on graduate@kpmg.co.uk,with the subject “KPMG Aberdeen Leadership Team Event”.

Digital Editions Of Our Annual Publications Are Now Available – Access Them Here!

Each year GCU Career Service has a number of informative publications that are available in our Careers Centre for students to take away. These include sector specific publications, employer guides, advice on graduate jobs and internships available in 2021, and publications targetting specific year groups.

Due to the situation that we find ourselves in this year, it’s obviously not possible to readily access the paper versions of the items, so below we have included direct links to the digital editions of these publiations. As more items become available in digital format we will post links on this blog and via other social media channels – stay tuned!

GCU Careers Service Guide 2020/21:

GCU Careers Service Handbook 2020/21

TargetJobs Series 2020/21:

Prospects Publications 2020/21:

The Times:

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

A Career in Finance with Johnson & Johnson

When: Wednesday 28 October 2020

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Where: Online

The world of health is transforming, evolving, and expanding as we disrupt old models in favour of new methods, using technology, agility, and compassion to bring better care to all. Now, experience what this means when it comes to a career in Finance.

Join this hour-long virtual event to learn about industry trends in the world of finance from a senior business leader at Johnson & Johnson. Featuring a panel of experts, we’ll share specific insights to help you navigate career opportunities in finance—so nothing stands between you and your next career breakthrough.

This session is designed to go beyond function or title, and into the skills and impact each area has on business and the world.

Working with Johnson & Johnson can change everything—including YOU.

Register for this webinar by clicking here.

Connect With FDM Via Their Webinar Series

The FDM Webinar series continues, with four new webinars announced for the Autumn term.

Friday 23rd October, 10:30 – 11:30am, Digital Skills Gap – attendees can find out about the landscape in the technical sector and understand more about the different roles available to students and graduates from all degree disciplines.  Sign up here

Monday 26th October, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Digital Bootcamp: Excel Part 1 – build upon your Excel skills by finding out more about how you can most effectively use the platform in a workplace setting.  Sign up here

Thursday 29th October, 3:00 – 4:00pm, Top Tips for Video + Virtual Interviews – make the most of virtual and video interview opportunities by applying these top tips during the recruitment process.  Sign up here

Friday 30th October, 11:00am, Digital Bootcamp: Excel Part 2 – develop your Excel skills further from our previous session, and learn about some of the more advanced functions and how to put them into practice.  Sign up here

Thursday 5th November, 4:30am – 5:30pm, Introduction to FDM – a session for students interested in finding out more about FDM and our award winning Graduate Programme.  Sign up here

For more information and to see all of FDM’s upcoming events visit their website, click here.

Three More Employer Webinars Confirmed For November: Barclays, SAIC & NXP Semiconductors

When: Wednesday 4 November 2020

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Where: Online

This recruitment webinar will highlight the graduate and internship opportunities available in 2021 with one of the world’s leading financial institutions.

Second and third year students in technology and STEM subjects are invited to attend.

To register for this event click here.

Closing date for registrations is Tuesday 3 November 2020

When: Thursday 5 November 2020

Time: 12 noon – 1:00pm

Where: Online

SAIC is one of eight innovation centres introduced by the Scottish Government working with academia and industry focussed on fish farming, shellfish and seaweed production. At a time of unprecedented change as the UK leaves the European Union, the value to Scotland’s economy of farmed seafood is the highest it has ever been.

Farmed Scottish salmon contributes more to UK balance of trade revenues than any other single food product, generating £700 million, supporting over 12,000 jobs, thriving coastal and urban communities, and multiple businesses throughout the supply chain.

There’s a broad spectrum of sectors available within SAIC, and students from the following disciplines are particularly welcome to attend this webinar: Business; Engineering; IT; Life Sciences; Geography and Environmental Studies

To register for this event click here.

When: Thursday 5 November 2020

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Where: Online

NXP is one of the Top 5 semiconductor companies, producing microprocessors and microcontrollers for many industries around the world. This employer led webinar will showcase the multiple opportunities available for graduate employment and internships in 2021 throughout the UK and Europe.

GCU students are invited to participate in the NXP European wide webinar. During NXPs first EMEA Virtual Campus Connect Event you will learn more about our company, breakthrough innovations, our culture and values, inspiring career paths as well as the opportunities we offer so that you can successfully kickstart your career at NXP.

To regsiter for this event click here.

Online Appointments With GCU Careers Advisers Are Still Available!

Although GCU Careers Service staff are still currently working remotely on a temporary basis, we continue to provide the best service that we possibly can to GCU students and recent graduates.

If you want to speak to one of our careers advisers, you can book telephone appointments with us via our Careers Service homepage – when doing so please provide a phone number and one of our careers advisers will contact you.

Should you have a quick careers related query that doesn’t need an appointment, you have the option to use our Ask Us A Question email service, which is available via our CareerHub portal.

We’ve been working hard to ensure that you’re fully aware of all forthcoming employer events and webinars that will be taking place – please make sure that you regulary visit our Events page as this changes an an almost daily basis!

Please also make sure that you visit our CareerHub portal for all the very latest information about graduate jobs and internships/placements that will be available in 2021, many of which have application closing dates that expire before the end of 2020.

We will continue to post all the latest news and events on our social media channels, so to keep up to date  please follow us via this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Postgraduate Study At GCU & Yummy Jobs – Two New Webinars Coming Soon!

Who: GCU Department of Marketing

When: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Time: 12 noon – 1:00pm

Where: Online

This webinar is for everyone interested in post graduate study at GCU. Join GCU representatives as they take a high level look at the Postgraduate opportunities available to students considering further study.

The University offers over 70 professional and career orientated Masters courses, many of which have an integrated work placement. GCU also offers a generous £2 million scholarship package per year. Learn about internships, placements, links with local businesses and more.

To register for this webinar via Eventbrite click here.

Who: Yummy Jobs

When: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm

Where: Online

Interested in an internship in the USA? We offer placements from 3-12 months with some of the world’s leading hospitality companies. Along with our longstanding partnership with the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, we also offer positions with established brands such as Waldorf Astoria, Marriott International and Relais and Chateaux.

We have two different sides to our business with one focussed on summer programs (3 months) and the other offering 12 month internships. Whilst all students can participate on the summer placements, we can only accept students of tourism, hospitality, events and culinary for the 12 month placements. For more information please visit the Yummy Jobs website.

To sign up for this webinar via Eventbrite click here.

BUPA Uni Hackathon 2020 For Students

We are delighted to GCU students to a free, virtual hackathon – UniHack 2020. The event will be sponsored by Bupa, BT and many other leading employers who will mentor the students at the Hackathon.

UniHack 2020 is open to students of all backgrounds and interest (work experience or coding skills are not required). It will bring teams of students from universities across the UK to collaborate virtually and present their ideas towards tackling global issues; such as Workplace Diversity, Climate Change and Mental Health. You will find more information and regsiter for the event here.

Many students are struggling to find internships and jobs in the current environment; UniHack 2020 is designed to offer them a valuable opportunity to develop the skills they need for their future careers.

Registration deadline is 31st October