I'm not sure how to prepare for employment, further study or develop my personal portfolio

When you are unsure where to start the best thing to do is to access expert advice and our Employability Advisor team are here for you when you are unsure what to do next.

You might be unsure about your career direction, how to do a CV, what work experience options are available to you, what career options are available with your degree or something else. All of these questions, and more, can be answered by accessing advice online or on campus.

Each campus has a dedicated Employability & Careers Hub and you can call in Monday - Thursday 9am - 4:30pm and Friday 9am - 3:30pm.

We know that outside of term you might not be able to get to your campus so you can access advice through ​online chat, careers advice appointments (including via Skype), email and telephone.

Employability & Career Hub locations:

 
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Jordanstown13G01

Drop-in advice available 10am-12pm Monday-Friday (15 min consultations)

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Drop in advice available 10am-11am & 2-3pm Monday-Friday (15 minute consultations)

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Drop-in advice available 10am-12pm Monday-Friday (15 minute consultations)

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Types of Employment

Sometimes, students can get overwhelmed but the terminology used or range of options available. Make sure you are clear on what options are available to you:

Internships

Year Long Placements

Graduate jobs

Usually a full time role over a period of 4-8 weeks in the Summer and primarily for 1st and 2nd year students. Search for opportunities via Recruit.

A year long placement that is part of your degree (optional or compulsory). Search for opportunities via Recruit.

From the start of your final year you can apply for graduate jobs.​ Thousands of roles are advertised each year via Careers Connect.

Campus jobs

Volunteering

Graduate Internships

We advertise a range of paid, campus jobs throughout the year. Check Recruit for opportunities.​

It is very important for you to gain relevant experience and volunteering is one option that is accessible, search opportunities on Recruit.

Paid roles that are exclusive to Ulster graduates. Go to Recruit to find out more.

Creating your own experience opportunities

Although many students secure relevant work experience through advertised opportunities, a lot of work experience is secured as a result of networking. There is a great chance that somebody you know will know someone that you would benefit from knowing. Expand your network by researching relevant organisations that are of interest to you and your career interests. This kind of approach will involve you making speculative approaches to employers, creating a ​​LinkedIn​​ profile, and understanding how to communicate effectively with employers both in person, in writing and online. Your Employability & Careers Hub can help prepare you so make contact today to arrange a meeting or submit an online question.

Book Appointment

You can book your own 1-1 appointment with an Employability Advisor via the link below. These 30 minute consultations are appropriate when you need more in depth advice.

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Further Study Options

Further study options are wide and varied. The options available to you will depend on a number of factors including what course you have chosen to complete, what mode it is available in and where it is available. The most certain thing about further study is that your decision on what to study should be based on update to date, accurate information.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study includes Master's programmes, Postgraduate Diploma's, Conversion courses, PhD's and more. Courses are available part time, full time and distance learning.

Certificate & Diplomas

The terminology used in further study is as wide and varied as the courses available but Certificate and Diploma courses are often available through Universities, Colleges and Professional bodies within industries.

MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses are freely available at Universities around the world. They are not usually certified qualifications but are a good way of finding out more about a topic of interest.

What is a Portfolio?

If your career is design related then you are going to need a portfolio. Whether you are an aspiring web designer, artist, architect, product designer or photographer an employer or potential client is more interested in your portfolio than your CV. That is because your portfolio is your work. It demonstrates your qualities, experience, skillset and professionalism.

Arrange a 1-1 consultation with an Employability Advisor and get expert feedback that will help you develop or improve your portfolio.