Second Years


Keep developing your skills

join clubs and societies, apply for part-time work or take up some voluntary work. Volunteering, clubs and societies are organised through the Students' Union. For job opportunities, or help with CVs and applications; see www.beds.ac.uk/careers

Remember - finding work after graduating will be easier if you can demonstrate to employers that you have the skills they need!

Summer work

Applications for Camp America and BUNAC are now open so don't miss an opportunity to escape for the summer and work on one of the summer camps in America. BUNAC also offers other volunteering and internship opportunities in Australia, Canada, China, Nepal, New Zealand, Thailand and South Africa! Other work experience options include Go Global and the University's own internship programme. These are co-ordinated by the International Office and details can be found online (see above links).

Prepare your CV

For part-time work (see below). Refer to CVs and Applications for help.

Get some valuable work experience

Need some extra cash,or want to get some work experience to put on your CV? Part-time work will  help you to develop the skills employers are looking for when recruiting graduates. Don't leave it too late! We recommend that you:

  • Search for current job and volunteering vacancies, login to our online portal using your student username and password: Careersonline.beds.ac.uk 
  • Edit your profile on Careersonline to recieve regular email job alerts.
  • Speak with an adviser if you would like help with finding work. For details of how to book an appointment, see: beds.ac.uk/careers/cvs-and-applications/advice/ 
Research your career options

Arrange a guidance interviews with one of the Careers and Employability Service advisers to explore your options after graduating and find out what you should be doing now in preparation. To see an adviser, refer to Get Advice to find out their availability.

For legal careers

Apply for legal vacation schemes. Your chances of getting into a legal career will be significantly increased if you have completed one of these schemes. Applications deadlines for many schemes will be by 31st January. Further details are available at allaboutlaw.co.uk

Start applying for Training Contracts in your second year to start after you have graduated the following year.

Professional practice year students (placement year)

Start thinking about your placement for next year. Contact the Student Development & Awards team who provide support for PPY students in finding a placement: cesplacements@beds.ac.uk 


If you haven't done so already, join us on Facebook (uniofbedscareers),Twitter (uniofbedscareers) and instagram (uniofbedscareers) - to keep up to date with career events, activities and job opportunities.

Have you prepared a CV yet?

Refer to CVs and Applications for help.

Is your CV still lacking work experience?

Develop the skills employers are looking for when recruiting graduates. Don't leave it too late! If you haven't done so already, we recommend that you:

  • Search for current job and volunteering vacancies, login to our online portal using your student username and password: Careersonline.beds.ac.uk 
  • Edit your profile on Careersonline to recieve regular email job alerts.
  • Speak with an adviser if you would like help with finding work. For details of how to book an appointment, see: beds.ac.uk/careers/cvs-and-applications/advice/ 
For legal careers

Apply for legal vacation schemes. Your chances of getting into a legal career will be significantly increased if you have completed one of these schemes. Applications deadlines for many schemes will be by 31st January. Further details are available at allaboutlaw.co.uk/law-jobs/vacation-schemes

Professional practice year students (placement year)

Have you got your placement organised yet? If not, you need to start researching and applying.  Contact  cesplacements@beds.ac.uk for help.

Don't leave it too late!


Learn to network and build up your contacts

This can be the key to success when looking for graduate jobs. Not all vacancies are advertised, hence getting to know people in the world of work might enhance your chances of finding employment after graduating. For some sectors, such as art, design and media, networking is one of the best ways to break into the industry. Join professional social media such as LinkedIn; talk to friends, family and lecturers; look for part-time work - this is a good starting point!

Research your career options

If you haven't done so already; arrange a guidance interviews with one of the Careers and Employability Service advisers to explore your options after graduating and find out what you should be doing now in preparation. To see an adviser, refer to Get Advice to find out their availability.

Professional practice year students (placment year)

Have you found a placement yet? Don't wait until the summer's over - you will find that most positions have been filled by then. If you are struggling to find something; contact the Student Development & Awardds team: cesplacements@beds.ac.uk as soon as possible!

address

Careers & Employability Service
University of Bedfordshire
University Square
Luton
Bedfordshire
UK, LU1 3JU

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telephone

During office hours
(Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm)
+44 (0)1234 400 400

Outside office hours
(Campus Watch)
+44 (0)1582 743 989

email

General Careers Enquiries
careers@beds.ac.uk

Employers
recruit@beds.ac.uk

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Professional Practice Year Placements
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