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Here to support you in your next steps.

Graduates of the University of Cumbria can access the Careers and Employability Service for up to three years after graduation. Through My Career Enriched, your career hub, we can help you with finding work, completing applications, preparing for interviews and applying for postgraduate study.

We have a range of resources available to help you:

  • Graduate Success Guide

    Our brand new graduate success guide contains everything you need to know to survive after graduation!

    It contains information about: 

    • Your Career
    • Money Advice
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Dealing with Change
    • Your Rights at Work
    • The Graduate Job Market
    • Postgraduate Study
    • Housing
    • Information for International Graduates
    • Travelling and working abroad 

    You can download your own copy of the Graduate Success Guide or you can view it online here

  • My Career Enriched

    While you study with us and for up to 3 years after you graduate from the University of Cumbria, you will have access to My Career Enriched, your career hub:

    • Search for graduate jobs, part-time work, work experience, industry placements and paid internships.
    • Book one-to-one advice and guidance appointments.
    • Practice interviews.
    • Book onto Careers fairs and employability events.
    • CV/Application review service
  • Your options - what next?

    Deciding what you want to do after you graduate can be tricky. If you aren't sure about your next steps you can contact us or you can book an appointment (face-to-face, by phone or skype) here.

    Finding work:

    We have put together some information here about Graduate Jobs and Graduate schemes and there's information about finding internships here.

     

    Specialist support for disabled students and graduates:

     

    The Careers & Employability Service are able to provide information, resources and guidance to support disabled students as they search for placements, internships and graduate roles.

     

    Working abroad: 

    If you’re interested in travel and gaining new experiences, working abroad might the route for you. There are lots of volunteering opportunities, paid jobs and internships you can pursue in many different countries, here are some useful links to get you started:

     

    Travel and Gap Years:

    Taking some time out to decide what you want to do is an excellent opportunity to gain new skills and expereince. Prospects.ac.uk have a useful article about Gap Years

     

    Further Study:

    Take a look at the Further Study page on My.Cumbria and remember that you may be eligible for up to 100% off your postgraduate study fees if you choose to continue your studies at the University of Cumbria!

  • Graduate Outcomes Survey

    What is the Graduate Outcomes survey? 

    The Graduate Outcomes survey is an annual survey which captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates. All graduates who complete a course at the University of Cumbria will be surveyed 15 months after they complete their studies. The Graduate Outcomes survey aims to help current and future students gain an insight into career destinations and development. 

    This survey replaces the Destinations on Leaving Higher Education (DLHE) survey, in which graduates were contacted 6 months after graduation.  

    You will receive your survey invitation by email around 15 months after you complete your course. Make sure your contact details are up to date before you finish.

    Why should I complete the survey? 

    Taking part in the survey is an essential part of your higher education journey. As the biggest UK annual social survey, the collective graduate voice is powerful and will directly impact the future of education for prospective students. So join your fellow graduates and be part of the picture of education today.

    This survey is unique because it picks up with you over a year (15 months) after you finished your studies. This allows you to reflect on the value your studies have played in your current activities, how this compares to your original plans and how you’re using skills you’ve picked up whilst in education. Only you will know if you left education with the skills and knowledge you needed to get you to where you are now.

    When will I be contacted to complete the survey?

    Depending on when you completed your course, you’ll be sent an invitation to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey around 15 months later. For example, if you completed your course between August and October 2018, you’ll receive the survey during the first week of December 2019. The survey won’t take long to complete and you can take part on all devices.

    Completing the survey will help us to understand your unique perspective, and what success looks like for you following your time in higher education. Your responses will help the University of Cumbria evaluate and promote our courses.  

    Who carries out the survey? 

    The Graduate Outcomes survey is delivered by HESA on behalf of the UK higher education funding and regulatory bodies working with your university or college. You may be contacted in one or more of the following ways: 

    • Email: The survey will be emailed to you - the email will come from Graduate Outcomes with your university or college name in the email address. These emails will contain a link to the online survey. 
    • Text messages: You will receive text reminders from ‘GradOutcomes’. These texts will contain a link to the online survey.
    • Phone: If you receive a phone call regarding the survey, it will be from IFF Research. It has been appointed to capture survey responses by phone. They will introduce themselves as calling on behalf of the University of Cumbria. 

    Who can I contact if I have any questions? 

    The Graduate Outcomes survey website is the first place to look for more information: https://www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk/

    If you have any questions about the Graduate Outcomes survey which are not answered on the Q&A page of the website, you can email HESA directly at: info@graduateoutcomes.ac.uk. You can use this email address if you would like to provide up-to-date contact details, want to opt-out of taking the survey, or simply have a few more questions.

  • Your Alumni Association

    Your graduation certificate is not a receipt it's a membership card. 

    'Alumni' (plural) simply means graduates, 'alumnus' is the singular. 

    As soon as you graduate you become a member of the alumni association, an international network of over 47,000 graduates. Whether you knew us as Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St. Martin’s College, Charlotte Mason College or University of Cumbria, your relationship with us will continue for life.

    There are no joining fees, no need to sign up, we will email you as soon as you graduate.  All we ask is that you keep your contact details up to date.  We actively encourage alumni from our 'legacy institutions' to get back in touch too.

    As an alumnus you will receive exclusive alumni benefits and services, the latest news, event invites and opportunities to stay connected to Cumbria and each other.

    There are many ways to stay in touch.  Visit the Alumni pages on the university website, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, connect with our LinkedIn group or email alumni@cumbria.ac.uk for further information.

Make sure you keep your contact details up to date to receive relevant communications from the Careers and Employability service!