Careers Support and Advice
We offer free, impartial advice and guidance for your future careerView content
Our friendly and dedicated team of professional Faculty Employability Advisers, Volunteering and Placement Co-ordinators, support students and graduates of the University of Winchester at whichever stage you are at in your career journey. We are proud to offer Careers advice for life so are here whenever you need us!
The University’s Strategic aim is to enable students find success in their careers and have influence in the world around them. Our curriculum prepares our students for securing successful graduate employment, helping them become whole, confident individuals committed to lives of meaning and purpose.
How the Careers Service can help you
We can help you to:
- Explore different graduate career and study options
- Access up-to-date careers information and resources
- Search and apply for employment, work experience and postgraduate study
- Make strong job applications and write a professional CV
- Communicate the value of your skills and achievements to employers
- Learn new interview skills, including how to succeed at assessment centres
- Consider where to look for placements and how to engage with volunteering in the charity / not-for-profit sector.
There are a variety of ways that you can choose to engage with our service and access support and advice, from browsing our online resources, to booking a one-to-one appointment to speak in more detail with a member of the team.
Using CareerConnect, our online jobs and opportunities platform
Register to CareerConnect, our online jobs and opportunities platform to access all our resources.
Through CareerConnect, you can:
- Find and apply for work, for student jobs, internships, placements, graduate schemes and volunteering
- Book 1-to-1 appointments with our Employability Advisers and Volunteering Team
- Follow your favourite companies and watch as they post vacancies
- Attend employability-related events and workshops including our Employability Weeks in Semester 1 &2
- Explore the advice and resources sections and build on your employability skills.
If you are a current student at Winchester, you can register to Careerconnect here
If you were a student at Winchester in September 2018 onwards you may already have set up a CareerConnect account, and will be able to access CareerConnect using the link above.
Or you can set up a new CareerConnect account here.
Starting to consider a career
Finding the right path and making realistic decisions involves weighing up your options and circumstances, while at the same time, aiming to match your interests and motivations to your unique profile of skills, values and aptitudes.
To help you make important decisions about your future path, aim to be flexible but gain as much information as possible to assist you, such as:
- Take time to research. There are so many good careers websites, full of insight into jobs and occupational areas. You can use these to discover key trends and appreciate what is going on locally, in the national and global jobs market and understand which roles are expanding or declining
- Listen to employers. It is good to attend webinars, employer events or presentations and talk to those doing jobs you are interested in. Many events are on virtual platforms and CareerConnect will advertise a range of these, however LinkedIn is a very powerful tool for connecting with organisations, contacting those in companies that interest you and knowing when an employer is recruiting.
- Gain experience. If you are an early career graduate, seeking a new or first role, a career changer or having to find something different, aim to build in time for work shadowing, volunteering, a placement or work experience.
- Complete an online careers questionnaire to generate ideas, e.g. Career Planner on https://www.prospects.ac.uk/
- Discuss your plans with someone you really respect, perhaps someone a few years ahead of you in their career path, a friend in a job who you admire, or a Faculty Employability Adviser at the University of Winchester.