During the suspension of face to face contact it has been necessary to change service provision. The Careers & Employability Service will continue to offer support to students and graduates; please refer to the link below with an update of how you can access the service:
Drop-in and guidance sessions will resume again as set out in the drop-down menu below, once the suspension of face to face contact is lifted.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Careers and Employability Service is based at the Luton campus (H003, Campus Centre) and the Bedford campus (SiD Desk, 1st Floor, Gateway).
We offer the following services to students and graduates:
For quick queries (such as CV checks, finding part-time work):
No need to book, just come along during the times above. Ground Floor, Campus Centre at Luton or First Floor, Gateway Building at Bedford (by the SiD desk).
If you would like your CV, covering letter or personal statement checked, please bring a printed copy to the drop-in.
On occasions, the drop-in may have to be closed when staff are not available, or the times will change slightly (out of term-time); if you are coming onto campus especially for the drop-in, it is advisable to check first by calling 01582 489293 (Luton) or 01234 793072 (Bedford).
If you would like to find a 12-month placement for your third year, this is referred to in the University as a Professional Practice Year (PPY). Our Student Development and Awards team can offer you support in finding a suitable position. Should you wish to speak with a member of the SDA team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a convenient time.
Information about Professional Practice Years can be found at: www.beds.ac.uk/professionalpracticeyears
If you have already attended a drop-in and feel you would benefit from a longer session, bookable slots can be arranged with one of our advisers. This will allow you up to an hour to discuss anything from exploring career options to studying for a PhD! You can also arrange a mock interview which some students find useful in prepartion for the real thing.
Please call into the Careers office at Luton (Ground Floor, Campus Centre) or Bedford (First Floor, SiD Desk, Gateway Building).
Alternatively, call us to arrange a suitable time: 01582 489293 (Luton) or 01234 793072 (Bedford). If you are unable to visit in person, please ask if it is possible to arrange a telephone session.
Twilight appointments are available twice a month (excluding August) for students and graduates who cannot access the careers services during our main opening hours. The sessions last up to 30 minute and are available between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.
Where do they take place?
Twilight drop-ins are available at the Luton Campus. If you are unable to attend an appointment at the Luton campus we are also able to offer appointments via telephone and Skype.
How do I book a twilight appointment?
To book a twilight appointment call the Careers Team on 01582 489293 or email email@example.com
Support from the Careers & Employability Service for international students is the same as Home and EU students but we can also offer basic advice on issues such as National Insurance Numbers, visa requirements for working in the UK and general advice about finding work while you are here.
You will find useful information at www.beds.ac.uk/international (University of Bedfordshire International Office) and www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas (UK Government advice on work visas).
For additional information, see our leaflet International Students - finding work in the UK If you would like a printed copy, please call in to the Careers office at Luton or Bedford campus.
International students can come along to the careers drop-in or book guidance appointments for longer sessions. Please refer to the details above for how to access these services.
After leaving the University, you are still eligible to access support with finding work or further study either by attending a drop-in sessions for quick queries, or by arranging a bookable guidance appointment. If you have moved away from the area and would prefer a telephone or Skype guidance session, this can be arranged; please specify your preference when booking the appointment. See above for details of how to access these services.
Remote access to the service is also available in the form of Live Chat to connect with students and graduates. See below under Online Support for details of how to access this service.
If you are considering a graduate scheme to kick start your career, see our leaflet Graduate Schemes - advice & information to help you get started or ask a member of staff for more details. If you would like a printed copy of the leaflet, please call into the Careers office at Luton or Bedford Campus. Many graduate schemes have deadlines in December/January so if you have not applied during your final year at University, you may have to wait for the applications to open again the following year. However, some schemes recruit continuously throughout the year.
Students who have a careers related enquiry but are not able to visit us in person can contact us through SiD (Student Information Desk). Here you can submit your CV or covering letter for checking, or submit an enquiry which will be responded to within five working days.
Alternatively, you can contact us via Live Chat; A member of the team will respond immediately to help with your enquiry, or refer to another member of the Careers team as appropriate. There is an email option when this service is offline.
Please note; there is limited availability for the Live Chat service so if your enquiry is urgent, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org. We are only able to assist with career related enquiries.
If you would like to be involved with volunteering during your time at university, this is an ideal opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and contribute to a worthwhile cause.
To find out more, we run a volunteering drop-in on Mondays and Fridays between 2.00pm & 4.00pm which takes place in the careers office on the ground floor of the Campus Centre at Luton.
For further details about this service, please email email@example.com
During office hours
(Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm)
+44 (0)1234 400 400
Outside office hours
+44 (0)1582 743 989
Careers & Employability Service
University of Bedfordshire
UK, LU1 3JU