Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

First year


Career planning will take time even if you have a light-bulb moment!

You will develop ideas, find out about what careers involve by speaking to people in those roles and through getting a work placement. You'll then be in a better position to know if it is right for you. If it is, then start applying and if not, then you can look at other possibilities. Give yourself time to make the right choice for you.

Your next steps

Book a careers appointment


Make the most of university life  

Many first year students think it is too early to start thinking about their future, but in our experience it is never too early. Whether you have one or several career ideas or none at all, it is a good idea to start researching possible career options by:

  • raising the topic with friends, family and tutors
  • talking to a member of our careers team 

Get involved at Nottingham

Join the Nottingham Advantage Award

Find out about part-time opportunities

Register with Unitemps Nottingham to find out about casual work on and off campus

Become a volunteer and get involved with the Students' Union

Journey work video


Listen to first year Arjun about how he got involved in university life (7 mins)


Student testimonials

Nottingham Advantage Award

 I have used my experiences as a Student Ambassador to complete a module for the Nottingham Advantage Award.

Students' Union

 I'm interested in becoming a journalist after University, so I've joined Impact, the University's student-run magazine.


 The application process was really easy; all you have to do is submit a CV and covering letter and the Unitemps staff do the rest.


Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679