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How to Access the Services Available

The Careers and Employability Service is based at the Luton campus (H003, Campus Centre) and the Bedford campus (SiD Desk, 1st Floor, Gateway).

Opening times

  • Monday to Thursday 9:00-17:00
  • Friday 9:00-16:30

We offer the following services to students and graduates:

Careers Drop-in (quick queries, help with applications)

For quick queries (such as CV checks, finding part-time work).

  • Luton campus: Monday to Friday, 11:00-15:00*
  • Bedford campus: Monday 16:00-18:00 / Tuesday 13:00-15:00 & 16:00-18:00 / Wednesday 11:00-13.00*

No need to book, just come along during the times above. Ground Floor, Campus Centre for Luton or First Floor, Gateway Building for 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.

*Depending on staff availability.

Professional Practice Year Drop-in (sandwich placements)

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. 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, they also run a drop-in service:

  • Luton campus: Tuesday to Friday 11:00-16:00
  • Bedford campus: Monday and Friday (term time) 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-16:00

Should you wish to speak with a member of the SDA team at Bedford campus outside of term dates, please ask at the SiD desk (First Floor, Gateway Building) where a Monday appointment can be booked if necessary. Alternatively, call 01582 489293 to arrange.

Information about Professional Practice Years can be found  at www.beds.ac.uk/professionalpracticeyears The PPY drop-in is also available for enquiries relating the the Edge Employability Award and Employability Units (including Language Units).

Recruitment Services Drop-in (job vacancies)

Our Recruitment Services team are a professional service who work closely with both local and national employers in the UK. Based at the Luton campus, the team advertise vacancies for employers through iProspects (an online jobs board) including part-time, full-time, vacation work and graduate schemes. Come along to speak with the team about current opportunities and to sign up for regular job updates:

  • Luton campus: Monday to Thursday 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-16:00
  • Bedford campus: Friday 11:00-13:00 / 14:00-16:00
As with the Careers drop-in, there is no need to book; just come along to the Careers office at Luton or the SiD desk at Bedford during these times.

Alternatively, send your CV to hireme@beds.ac.uk to receive our weekly vacancy bulletin and regular job alerts via email.

Bookable Careers Guidance Appointments

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 on 01582 489293 to arrange a suitable time. Please specify which campus you would like to attend.

International Students

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 - PDF 294.3 KB . 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.

Graduates

Support with finding work or further study is open to students after they leave University. You can attend drop-in sessions for quick queries, or arrange bookable guidance appointments. 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 LiveChat to connect with students and graduates. See below under Online Support for details of how to access this service.

Our Graduate Development Programme offers recent graduates a chance to work within the University on a 4-6 week paid internship. We try to match applicants to their preferred field, whether this is in the area they would like to eventually work in, or in a role that will develop the skills they are lacking, in order to help them move forward. Please contact the service to find out more about the programme.

If you are considering a graduate scheme to kick start your career, see our leaflet Graduate Schemes - advice & information to help you get started - PDF 474.2 KB 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.

To register with the service to receive regular vacancy updates, send your CV to hireme@beds.ac.uk

Online Support

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.

To send an enquiry through SiD, access can be made via the Careers website

Alternatively, you can contact us via Live-chat; simply click on the Careers icon and start typing! A member of the team will respond immediately to help with your enquiry, or refer to another member of the Careers team as appropriate.

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