Planning for your future

Thinking about how to maximise your CV during your time at University? Below are some key things to consider at each stage of your degree.


1st year - Get involved

When it comes time to apply for internships, graduate jobs or further study, employers are looking for more than just a degree, they want to see that you have developed a range of skills throughout your time at University.

It's never too early to start planning for your future and the Adam Smith Business School has lots of great activities and support, so take those opportunities and get involved!

  • Pick a club or society you are interested in, take up some volunteering or a part time job
  • Develop your skills
  • Check out the Internship Hub, it hosts paid part time and summer internship vacancies that are exclusively available to University of Glasgow students, a great way to start to build your experience
  • Explore opportunities for international exchange 

Further information:

2nd year - Reflect and explore options

By now you’ve began developing your skills and knowledge of your subject area, it’s a great time to reflect and look at the skills you have developed and areas for development. 

Career planning now can help you to get ahead when it comes time to applying for third year internship opportunities. 

  • review the business schools employability map and ways you can develop your skills
  • develop and articulate your skills with the GSP and PSP programmes 
  • join a club or society 
  • start exploring your career options by attending careers events and professional seminars
  • find a mentor, connect with our alumni on the network
  • explore 2nd year insights and study abroad opportunities 

Further Information:


3rd year - Get experience and identify skills gaps

Your penultimate year at University is the perfect time to start planning for what to do next. The Careers Manager for the Business School runs a job club for 3rd and final year students to help you to prepare.

If you are still not sure what to do after graduation then you it is a good time to start RESEARCHING YOUR OPTIONS;

  • speak to a careers manager about your options
  • attend Careers Fairs, careers seminars and professional practice seminars
  • get advice and an alumni mentor on the network
  • review the resources on the careers service website



Employers target penultimate year students for internship opportunities, these can often lead to a graduate job offer.

  • review closing dates for companies you are interested in, these are often before December
  • search for job vacancies on the Careers Service website and attend career events on campus
  • explore international vacancies with EFMD’s HigherED portal
  • explore opportunities with the internship hub


It's not too late to develop your skills, take time to reflect on what skills you have developed so far and what skills you might need to evidence further, you can build skills in lots of ways including;  

  • joining a club or society
  • taking part in international summer experience
  • reviewing the employability map and picking something new to get involved in!


Further Information:

4th year - Find your graduation destination

So it's your final year, what are your plans? Graduate Job, further study, taking some time out, perhaps you are even thinking about starting your own business?

There are lots of options open to you and we are here to help, depending on what stage you are of your career plans you can review the advice for 2nd and 3rd year students as well.


Many graduate recruiters start recruitment in September and deadlines can be as early as October, especially for areas like investment banking or consultancy so be prepared to start your job search early. 

Here are some things you can do to get ahead;

  • not sure what you want to do when you graduate? Read this advice from the Careers Service
  • book an appointment with a Careers Manager and discuss your career plans
  • identify employers you want to work for and take note of closing dates, be aware that vacancies that are listed as rolling recruitment, will close when places fill
  • attend the careers fair and employer events on campus
  • get started on your applications, you can find advice on the careers service website, YouTube and our blog
  • need some application feedback? Book a quick query or career coaching appointment
  • got to interview? Great! book a mock interview to practice with the careers manager, look out for Mock Interview opportunities with employers in the school


  • review the Postgraduate study pages from the Careers Service 
  • speak to a Careers Manager about your plans
  • get feedback on your personal statement 


  • book an appointment with the enterprise manager to discuss your ideas

Further links 



Postgraduate Taught

In the UK many graduate employers recruit students a year prior to the start date of the graduate program therefore we would recommend starting career planning as soon as you arrive.
The Adam Smith Business School has lots of support and activities to help you to develop your skills and plan your career. Get involved and make the most of these resources from day one.
Postgraduate students in the school have the opportunity to join the Career Accelerator Certificate in semester 1, an exclusive online career planning program.


  • develop your skills by taking part in extra-curricular activities
  • take part in the graduate award
  • review career planning materials
  • attend a career coaching appointment with the Careers Manager for the Business School develop your own career plan


  • attend Careers Fairs, Career Workshops and professional practice seminars
  • get a mentor on the network
  • review the resources on the Careers Service website
  • research PHD opportunities if you are considering further study


  • attend application workshops
  • review the Careers Services’ online materials and video resources
  • get some feedback on your CV or Applications 
  • if you have an interview coming up? arrange a mock interview 


  • be aware of closing dates in the country you are applying to in the UK they are often 1 year ahead and can be as early as October
  • search for job vacancies on the Careers Service website
  • explore international vacancies with EFMD’s HigherED portal

If you are an international student, you can review information from international student support.




Postgraduate Researchers

The Careers Service employs a Careers Manager, Katrina Gardner, to provide career development support for Research Students and Early Career Researchers (research assistants and associates, post-docs and research fellows).

To book an appointment with the Careers Manager;

MBA students

The MBA aims to help you to achieve your career goals over the long term. Our Careers Manager, David Levinson, provides support on an individual basis throughout the MBA with the aim of helping you to determine your next steps.

Our MBA aims to enhance your personal development and ultimately your employability. Throughout the MBA, students benefit from the programme’s strong emphasis on real world business issues.  All our students take part in our Professional Development & Employability (PDE) Award programme which runs throughout the year.

David will work with you to help you to plan your post-MBA career plan and to equip you with the tools and strategies to compete effectively within the global MBA job market.

Specialist resources are available to ensure that MBA students and alumni have the tools necessary for a global job search.

We bring in a range of speakers and also cooperate each year with other top Business Schools in Scotland to run an MBA Employability Conference which provides an opportunity to network with a wide range of employers.