FAQs

We answer some of your Frequently Asked Questions, if your question has not been answered, please review the content on our website or contact our team. 

Accessing the service

What does the Careers Service offer?

The Careers Service aims to empower you to explore options, identifying and working towards your own personal career goals.

To get started, check out our website where you will find a wide range of self-help resources like CV templates, short video tutorials on topics like interviews and LinkedIn and we even have our own podcast.

You can attend weekly masterclasses on topics like CVs, interviews or psychometric tests or come along to an employer presentation or careers fair

If you are looking for a job, sign in to GlasgowCareers to check out the latest vacancies or subscribe to our internship hub or student job hub alerts.  

Can I speak to a member of the team?

Yes! Our job support team are available Wednesdays from 12:00 – 14:00 in the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, ground floor.

Our masterclasses also give you the opportunity to ask questions to our Careers Managers on key career planning topics.

Can I e-mail my question to a careers adviser?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Careers Guidance via e-mail, you can ask questions in our masterclasses online.

Do you offer careers advice 1-1?

If you’ve accessed the support from the job support team, used the careers resources online but still confused about your career ideas then you may wish to access career coaching. To access career coaching, you will have to complete a short activity pathway in our online careers portal.  

Career Coaching is in high demand and it may take a few weeks before you are able to secure an appointment, we have created workshops, online courses, videos and self-help resources to answer common questions that students ask so make sure to check those out before opting for a career coaching appointment.

I’m a graduate, can I still access the Careers Service?

Yes! The careers service is available for 2 years after graduation. We have specific pages on our website for graduates, you can also attend our masterclasses, employer events, careers fairs and use our jobs portal.

Career Planning

What are the career options after my degree?

The website prospects.ac.uk has developed a series called 'what can I do with my degree' which will give you some suggestions of typical career paths for different degree disciplines. It will also highlight the skills your degree gives you which can be useful to consider.

Reviewing options with your subject may seem like the natural place to start when career planning and some of you may even have picked your degree with a career area in mind. It is however important to be aware that many large recruiters of graduates in the UK will accept graduates from any degree discipline so if you are planning on applying for graduate roles in the UK, don't let the subject you are currently studying restrict the options that you could potentially explore.

I don’t know what I want to do when I graduate, can you help?

Of course! A great place to start is our ‘Getting Started’ masterclass, this will introduce you to career planning techniques. You can also enrol on our career course, the Career Accelerator: Explore. This course is self-paced and draws on career planning theory, design thinking and coaching techniques to encourage you to consider what you want from your career, how to come up with career ideas, to make use of the Glasgow Alumni network and to action plan for your future.

We also have lots of self-help resources on our website for you to explore career options such as our Coffee and Careers vlog and our Soundtracks podcast.

Job Searching

What are the best websites to find graduate jobs or internships?

Glasgow Careers vacancy system lists graduate jobs, internships, volunteering and we have new vacancies added daily. Other top graduate sites include TargetJobs, Prospects and Gradcracker.

Review the resources on our job searching pages for other useful links.

How do I find jobs in [insert sector]?

If you are looking for a career in a particular field or area you may find a speciality job site more useful. To get to these use Prospects A - Z, select Job title and scroll down to the Employers section.

Can someone help find me a job?

The Careers Service provide a range of services to help you in your job search, we won’t place students in jobs direct.

You can search for vacancies online on Glasgow Careers or register with the Internship Hub or the Student Jobs Hub.

You can also get support with your journey via our Masterclasses, careers fairs and employer events on campus.

If you’d like help getting started, our job support team are available Wednesdays from 12:00 – 14:00 in the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, ground floor.

When is the best time of year to apply for graduate jobs?

For some graduate roles, the application period is one year in advance, if you are applying for graduate schemes the application period can start in September of your final year. September – November is the peak application period for many graduate roles, although there are some which will have a later closing date. 

Not all graduates will secure a job through a ‘graduate scheme’ and not all jobs suitable for graduates have the word ‘graduate’ in the job title.  Many students will work with small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), get a role to build experience or even look at starting their own business. 

Applications

Can you help me with my CV?

Yes! Check out our CV advice and resources on our website and come along to one of our CV masterclasses.

We don’t provide 1-1 feedback on CVs as your CV should be tailored to every role you apply for, therefore learning how to edit and update your CV is key.

I keep getting rejected for jobs I’m qualified for, what am I doing wrong?

Job applications are competitive but if you’ve been rejected continually check out our Vlog which outlines some reasons why students are rejected https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjqnxGqzJBQ