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Updated return to campus 2021

Make the most of your time at the University of Cumbria.

We work closely with academic staff, employers and other services to offer you a free, high quality careers information, advice and guidance service. 

For the duration of your course and up to 3 years after you graduate from the University of Cumbria, you will have access to My Career Enriched, your career hub which enables you to:

  • Search for graduate jobs, part-time work, work experience, industry placements and paid internships.
  • Book one-to-one advice and guidance appointments and practice interviews.
  • Search for and book onto careers fairs and employability events.
  • Send in your CV or application form for tailored feedback.
  • Complete mini online courses in Pathways to improve your employability skills. 

We also offer:

  • Practical workshops on CVs, applications, interviews, success in your chosen sector, options with your degree, job search skills and more.
  • The Career Ahead Award.
  • Information about further study.
  • Support for disabled students on how to declare a disability, applying for work, communicating strengths, and requesting adjustments in the recruitment process.

Where are you now?

  • I'm not sure about what I want to do when I graduate

    If you aren’t sure what you want to do when you graduate, the following article from TargetJobs has some useful information about the many transferable skills you will have developed from your degree and what careers are open to graduates from all subject backgrounds.

    I have a degree, now what?

     

    Another good place to start is the Prospects Planner tool - you can answer questions about your skills, values and motivations to get a suggested list of roles that could be worth exploring further.

     

    For some ideas of the types of careers that you can go into with your degree subject, our ‘What can I do with my degree?’ guides may also give you inspiration. Click on the relevant heading to access the information sheet.

     

    If you can’t find your subject above, you may be able to find it on the Prospects website where they have guides for more subjects.

    Completing the Career Ahead award will help you to identify your current skills, help you think about where you are going and how you will get there, as well as provide you with practical skills such as creating a CV, completing applications and interview skills. You can also gain official recognition for your extracurricular achievements and the skills you develop while at University.

    Remember that we are here to help! We can offer information, advice and guidance to help you identify a career direction; we can assist with career planning, and can help with practical things such as job search skills and interview preparation.

    You can complete a Skills Audit and a Career Action Plan, either as part of the Career Ahead award or individually to help you focus on your career planning.

    You can contact the Careers & Employability Service via My Career Enriched or via the Student Enquiry Point.

  • I have a few ideas about the career I want to go into when I graduate but I'm not 100% sure yet

    It’s great that you have some ideas about what you want to do when you graduate. Here are a few things you can do to help you focus on where you want to go. 

    For some ideas of the types of careers that you can go into with your degree subject, our ‘What can I do with my degree?’ guides may also give you inspiration. Click on the relevant heading to access the information sheet.

     Please note: more guides coming soon!

    If you can’t find your subject above, you may be able to find it on the Prospects website where they have guides for more subjects.

    If you know what sector you would like to work in, TargetJobs and Prospects give a useful overview of the various careers in each sector.

    You can answer questions about your skills, values and motivations on the Prospects Planner tool to get a suggested list of roles that could be worth exploring further.

    Carry out a Skills Audit to help you identify what skills you currently have, and what skills you may need to work on for your graduate career. The skills on here are all generic graduate skills that will be useful in just about any graduate job. There is also the option to add additional specific skills that you have or that you need to work on.

    Once you have a better idea of what career you would like to go into, you can complete a Career Action Plan using SMART Goals to help you get ready for your graduate job.

    You could also complete the Career Ahead award to gain official recognition for your extracurricular achievements and the skills you have developed.

    Remember that we are here to help. We can offer information, advice and guidance to help you identify a career direction; we can assist with career planning, and can help with practical things such as job search skills and interview preparation. Contact us via My Career Enriched.

  • I know what career I want to go into when I graduate

    Knowing where you want to go in life is fantastic, now you need to plan how you are going to get there. You will need to think about what skills you will need in your chosen career, where the jobs are and how to find them.

    Check the job profile for your chosen career on Prospects to find out more about the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to succeed in your career.

    Complete a Skills Audit to see what skills you already have and what skills you are going to develop while at university for your chosen career.

    Creating a Career Action Plan can help you plan how you will succeed – set yourself SMART Goals!

    Sign up for the Career Ahead award to gain official recognition for your extracurricular achievements and the skills you have developed.

    Remember! The careers service is for everyone – we can help you with your job search, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and more. Contact us via My Career Enriched.

  • Final Year Students - before you leave

    If it's your final year studying with us at UoC, there are a few things you need to know, and a few tasks to do as well. We've put together a short powerpoint packed with useful information and things you need to do - you can access it right here: Leaver slides 2021 (PDF). 

    Alongside the Alumni Association, we have also published this article listing '10 things you MUST do before leaving UoC' - you can read it here: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/careers/10-things/  

    Finally, we have put together a suite of mini courses to help you with your career after graduating. You can access these on Pathways on My Career Enriched

    And remember - the careers service is for everyone – we can help you with your job search, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and more. And we support you for up to three years after you graduate! Contact us via My Career Enriched 

  • Are you thinking about leaving or changing your course?

    Are you thinking about leaving or changing your course?

     Studying at university can be challenging at times, so it’s not unusual to be thinking about leaving or changing your course. Before you make any big decisions, it’s always a good idea to step back, think about things and seek advice. Remember that taking a break from your studies is also possible, if you are currently experiencing difficulties and need some time away from university.

     

    You may be struggling with money worries, balancing family life or work with studying, or perhaps your wellbeing. Maybe you no longer enjoy your course, and think changing to something new would help, or maybe your career ideas have changed. Whatever it is, the information here should be useful.

     

     

    What should I do now and who can help me?

    The university has a wide range of services and people who can help you if you are thinking about changing or leaving your course. It is very important that you make use of these services, so that you can make the decision that is best for you.

     

    It can be a good idea to work up an action plan too. This can help you to identify the reasons that you are thinking about changing or leaving your course. You can also use this to help you when are you talking to people across the university.

     

    Making your action plan

     Think about the reasons why you want to change or leave your course. This could be due to challenges with any of the following:

     

    • Your course
    • Individual modules within your course
    • The university
    • Finding university level study a challenge
    • Financial worries
    • Personal reasons

     

    Once you’ve identified the reasons, you should then get some advice from people across the university on the pros and cons of changing or leaving your course. Doing this can help you decide what to do. Keep some notes on the information you are given, so that you can read through this later on. This will allow you to think things through and come to a decision that’s right for you.

     

    Top tip: keep up with your studies by completing your assessments and attending your lectures and seminars while you are completing your action plan. This will help you to keep your options open in terms of changing your course, and will come across well to employers, if you do decide to leave your course.

     

    Speak to the Careers and Employability service

    As part of your action plan, speak to the Careers and Employability Service. We can provide you with impartial support with your decision making. This means that we can talk to you about your options, and signpost you to information and services you might find useful.

     

    For example, if you are studying an arts-based course but decide that you don’t want to pursue a career in this area, our Careers Advisers can talk to you about other career paths that are open to you. We can also give advice on presenting any changes in direction on your future job applications.

     

    The Careers and Employability Service is here to listen to you and provide advice. We won’t tell you what we think you should do, as the decision to leave or change course is yours.

     

    Remember that you can book an appointment to speak to a Careers Adviser via My Career Enriched.

     

     

    Speak to your course tutor

    Your course or personal tutor will be able to give you advice that may help you decide whether to change or leave your course, particularly if this is because you aren’t enjoying your current course. Your tutor should be able to give you information on adapting your course to suit your strengths, interests or career plans by changing the modules that you study. They can also signpost you to support with your study skills, if this is something you are finding challenging. You should get some advice from your tutor about transferring to another course.

     

     

    Speak to the Money Advice Service

    It’s important to talk to the University’s Money Advice Service to find out how your entitlement to funding may be affected leaving or changing your course. If you are worried about money and continuing your studies, the service may be able to provide you with information about hardship grants and funding.

     

    Remember that if you decide to leave or change your course, you need to notify student finance. You should find out what funding is available to you if you are changing your course. If you are leaving your course, you will need to check the arrangements for repaying any loans you have already taken out.

     

    You can find out more by visiting the relevant student finance website:

     

    Top tip: be aware of the financial implications of leaving your course.

    Leaving your course will mean that you lose any entitlement to tuition fee and maintenance loan payments. You will need to pay back your tuition fees for the time at university. You will pay these back once your earnings pass a certain threshold, just like other graduates. Your student finance organisation will provide you with information on the amount you need to pay back.

     

    You will also need to repay any loans for maintenance costs and may also need to pay for the remainder of any student accommodation costs that you have a contract for, unless you are able to find another student to take your place in the accommodation.

     

    Get in touch: The University’s Money Advice Service has lots of information on managing your money, budgeting and minimising debts. You can find out more here: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Money--Finance/Money-Doctors/

     

    Or contact the Money Advice Service via the Student Enquiry Point.

     

     

    If you want to change your course

    If you want to change your course but remain at the University of Cumbria, it’s a good idea to speak to the admissions tutor for the course you want to join. Remember to ask about the content and structure of the course and find out if it would be a good fit for you.

    The Programme Administration offices (PAds) can provide you with further information.  You should also speak to them about the processes involved in changing courses within the university.

     

    Details of the PAds based on each university campus can be found here: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Your-Studies/Contact-Programme-Administration/

     

     

    If you want to leave your course and move to another university, you will need to speak to that university’s admissions office. You will need to check whether it is possible to change courses, and if you meet the eligibility requirements. Remember to check whether your previous study will be considered, or whether you will need to make an application to start your degree again from the beginning.

     

    Look after your wellbeing

    If you feel you need to, speak to the Mental Health and Wellbeing service. The team can support and advise you in several ways including signposting you to helpful information and services. You can also self-refer for an appointment with a member of the team, who offer counselling, psychotherapy and mental health support.  

     

    Find out more here:  https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Health-and-Wellbeing/

     

     

    Think about how you will communicate changing or leaving your course to employers

    Employers are interested in your skills and knowledge and will value qualities like problem solving and resilience. The Careers and Employability Service can help you work out the best way to present your decision to potential employers on your CV and in job applications. Don’t forget that any skills and experience you’ve picked from working alongside your studies will be useful too.

     

    Speak to a Careers Adviser via My Career Enriched for help with you CV and job applications.

     

    This information from Target Jobs gives some useful advice on dealing with gaps in your CVs and has some tips on how to account for this when you are job hunting.

     

    Your checklist

    • Remember that you have plenty of options and support open to you across the university. We are here to help you!
    • Make an action plan.
    • Think carefully about why you want to leave or change your course.
    • Book an appointment with a Careers Adviser to talk about what types of career paths are open to you.
    • Speak to your course or personal tutor about how you are feeling. If you are struggling with your course, they may be able to suggest things that can help.
    • Explore your options if you want to change your course. Remember to speak to a course admissions tutor if you want to stay at the University of Cumbria, or an admissions officer if you want to move to a different university.
    • Look after your wellbeing – contact the Mental Health and Wellbeing team if you need to.
    • Keep plenty of notes on the conversations you have, to help you reflect on the information you’ve been given.
    • Have a chat with a close friend or family member to get their insight.
    • If you are worried about money, contact the Money Advice Service
    • Remember to contact the PAd and your student finance organisation if you decide to take a break, change or leave your course.

     

    Further Study?

    Thinking about moving on to further study rather than a graduate job? We can help with that too! Visit the postgraduate study pages for more information.

     

    Frequently asked questions

     

    Can I speak to my course or personal tutor?

    You will be able to talk to your course or personal tutor about how you are finding your studies. If you are struggling with the content of your course, let your tutor know so that they can help you.

     

    I’m worried about money if I continue with my course, where can I go for advice?

    The University’s Money Advice Service has lots of information on the implications of changing or leaving your course, managing your money, budgeting and minimising debts. You can find out more here: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Money--Finance/Money-Doctors/

     

    You can also speak to the service’s Advisers via email: moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk or request an appointment by filling out this short form: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Money--Finance/Money-Doctors/

     

    Finding a part-time job may help with your money concerns. The Careers and Employability Service can help you with job searching, application and interview skills. Find out more about how we can help by booking an appointment with us via My Career Enriched.

     

     

    If I decide to take a break, change or leave my course who do I need to speak to?

    The Programme Administration offices (PAds) can provide you with further information. It is very important that you get in touch with them if you have made a decision to pause, change or leave your studies. Details of the PAds based on each University campus can be found here: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Your-Studies/Contact-Programme-Administration/

     

    You can also find more information on taking a break from your studies, changing your course or withdrawing here: https://my.cumbria.ac.uk/Student-Life/Your-Studies/Your-Course/Taking-a-break--transfers-and-withdrawals/

     

    Remember that if you have a tuition fee and/or maintenance loan from student finance, you will also need to notify them of any changes: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-if-you-suspend-or-leave.

     

    It is important to know that changing or withdrawing from your course may alter your eligibility for tuition fee and/or maintenance loans in the future. PAd staff can advise further on this and help you to consider how this may affect you.

     

     

    I’d like some more information.

    If you can, speaking to a friend or family member about how you are feeling can be useful. Talking things through with someone we know well can help us when we are trying to make a big decision.

     

    The Careers and Employability Service can also help if you are unsure about what you can do with the degree you are studying for, and what career paths are open to you. Book an appointment to speak to a Careers Adviser via My Career Enriched.

     

    1. ac.uk have put together some information for students who are thinking about leaving their course: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/changing-or-leaving-your-course

     

    You can also check out TargetJobs.co.uk for additional information:  https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/career-planning/434249-changing-or-leaving-your-course

     

     

Further Study?

Thinking about moving on to further study rather than a graduate job? We can help with that too! Visit the postgraduate study pages for more information.

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