New to us? How we can help you
We can help you make the most of your time at Nottingham, and plan your next steps after graduation – whether you want to work or continue studying in the UK, return home, or move somewhere else to work or study.
We offer free, impartial and confidential careers advice during your time at university and after you've graduated.
Come to see us at any point to make the most of our expertise and the opportunities at Nottingham to achieve your career ambitions.
The Careers Service delivered sessions which helped me understand the importance of LinkedIn, prepare for psychometric tests, practice interview questions and understand visa requirements
How can we help you?
Whether you know what you want to do or are still figuring it out, we're here to help you every step of the way.
Do you want to:
- meet employers who want to recruit Nottingham graduates?
- gain some work experience while you are studying?
- develop the career skills employers look for?
- enhance your job-hunting skills to get the job you want?
- receive specialist advice from career professionals working in your faculty?
If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, then we can help you. All our services are free to use.
And don't forget, you can still use our services for free after you've graduated.
How do I get started?
Written by our career experts, our website contains all the advice and support you need to help you in your career journey.
We have the following dedicated pages for international students but do explore the rest of our website as the information is relevant to all students.
- Working in the UK during or after your studies
- Working abroad including careers resources across five continents
- Opportunities in your home country
- Further study in the UK and overseas
- International careers webinars for China, Africa and India
We also have a wide variety of specialist resources chosen to support you. These are all free to use.
Here are just three examples:
What can I talk to an adviser about?
Our advisers are professionally trained to help you make choices about your future career. We have several different appointment types to cover the range of questions we get asked.
Common questions we can help with include:
- I don't know what I want to do after my studies
- I don't want to go into the career related to my degree, what else can I do?
- I want to be a <Insert job title>, where do I look for vacancies?
- How do I get some work experience?
- Can you review my CV or application form?
We do not place students into graduate jobs or internships but we do provide a range of support to help you find the right opportunity, including:
- inviting employers on to campus to discuss their vacancies with you
- advertising hundreds of vacancies on MyCareer from employers who want to recruit Nottingham students and graduates
- guiding you through every step of the recruitment process from writing a CV to attending an assessment centre
How to meet an adviser
Find out about booking an appointment and our drop-ins
Thanks to the tips Lucie gave me and the mock interview she organised, I went into the interview with much more confidence. I definitely recommend engaging with the Careers team.
Which employers recruit Nottingham students and graduates?
Targeted by top recruiters
The University of Nottingham is the second most-targeted university by the top 100 graduate employers!
Graduate Labour Market 2022
High Fliers Research
Not only do large national and multinational companies recruit Nottingham students and graduates, we are also popular with small to medium-sized businesses and start-ups. Whatever size the company is, they all recognise the contribution our graduates will make to their business.
You can find hundreds of job vacancies targeted at Nottingham students and graduates on MyCareer.
Log in to MyCareer for graduate jobs and internships
How can you meet employers at Nottingham?
We offer a range of on-campus and online events for you to network with employers, including:
- careers fairs usually in October, March and June
- employer recruitment presentations
- job and sector events
- job-hunting workshops led by employers
You'll need to book your place at our events as they are very popular. The only exception is our careers fairs where you can just turn up at any time during the event.
Find out about events programme
Can you help with work permits and immigration?
We work regularly with international students who are interested in exploring their visa options to continue working in the UK.
The university has a dedicated Visa and Immigration team who are qualified to provide advice and guidance on all visa-related topics.
However as a Careers team, we are unable to provide immigration advice or guidance on individual enquiries about work permits and permission to work in the UK.
You can also take a look at our Working in the UK webpage for more information.
Should I pay an external agency or provider for careers help?
In recent years we have seen a rise in the number of external organisations advertising themselves as experts in careers and employability advice, particularly around supporting students from specific countries. They often charge thousands of pounds for their services and we have received feedback that students often feel pressurised to pay for these services in order to secure a job.
Prior to entering into any agreement, we would advise you to contact us and check what support and resources are already available to you without charge.
If we aren’t providing a resource which you think would be useful, let us know and we will endeavour to provide it or a suitable alternative. If after doing your research you think you are getting something different or better from an external provider, you are free to make the decision to use them.
We are happy to discuss any support you are offered from an external provider to help you make an informed decision.
Book an appointment with our team
Postgraduate Business School students, please contact the team by:
How can I get help with my English language when making job or course applications?
Centre for English Language Education (CELE)
Support is available at any time during your course to help you develop language and text organisation skills that can be of use in future job applications.
You can choose from a range of courses as well as personalised one-to-one consultations which allow you to guide the focus according to your needs. This support covers language choice, formality, paragraph and sentence structure as well as job-related skills such as presenting yourself orally and writing clearly and concisely.