Have a look at our frequently asked questions:

How do I get to see a Careers and Employability Adviser?

We offer 30 minute appointments with an adviser. The adviser will discuss your requirements and may suggest that a follow-up appointment might be useful. You can make an appointment via the library front desk on campus or email careers@cumbria.ac.uk.

Careers and Employability Advisers offer advice and guidance via email as well at careers@cumbria.ac.uk. We will get back to you within 5 working days so make sure you leave some time for us to reply. Occasionally, at busy times or during public holidays, it may take more than 5 working days to reply; however a message will let you know if this is the case. Also when you email let us know what and where you study - and send a contact phone number so we can give you a call if necessary.

Alternatively, if you let us have your contact detail and an indication of a convenient time, we can offer you guidance over the telephone as well.

What are the Careers and Employability Service opening hours?

There are advisers available every day of the week from 9 am to 5.00pm and we offer some later appointments at Lancaster and Fusehill Street on a regular basis. We are available during vacations.

Does the Careers and Employability Service offer an email service?

Yes we do and it is really popular – especially for advice on a CV or application form. You can email your query at careers@cumbria.ac.uk; we will get back to you within 5 working days so make sure you leave some time for us to reply. Occasionally, at busy times or during public holidays, it may take more than 5 working days to reply; however a message will let you know if this is the case.

Also when you email let us know what and where you study - and send a contact phone number so we can give you a call if necessary.

How long can I use the Careers and Employability Service after I graduate?

Graduates of the University of Cumbria can use the service for 3 years after they graduate.

Can the Careers and Employability Service help me get a job using social media?

We are finding social networking is an increasingly important tool in your career planning kit; we can discuss your approach on a one-to-one or group basis.

You can follow our blog at http://uoccareers.wordpress.com and our Tweets at http://twitter.com/uoccareers.

Does the Careers and Employability Service arrange employer presentations/fairs?

We have a rolling programme of events and activities arranged with local and national employers from regular Mini Careers Fairs to larger events organised in partnership with course teams and specific to your subject area. Check the student global email to find out what is happening or visit our Careers and Employability News and Events page.

I am not sure what career I want to go into. Is there any help offered for this?

Yes of course. Our Blackboard site, Jobs & Careers, offers a number of activities which take you through some key aspects of Career Planning, finding and getting a job, volunteering and being your own boss.

An appointment with a careers adviser can really help with this. We will help you explore your ideas, values, skills and motivation. Make sure you do some preparation before your appointment: www.prospects.ac.uk has useful section on career options with your specific degree and a guidance tool called Prospects Planner which can help you work out what jobs will suit you.

Where does the Careers and Employability Service advertise jobs?

We have a virtual job shop at http://cumbria.prospects.ac.uk/index.html where we advertise local, national and international vacancies aimed at our students and graduates. 

Register today for the following benefits from us:

  • Search for job vacancies
  • Get daily email notification of new job vacancies matching your saved preferences
  • Search our careers events calendar

We will also send details to course leaders when the vacancy relates to a specific course. We also use notice boards around the campus.

How can I find a part-time job while I study?

We have guides to finding part-time work in Carlisle, Penrith and Lancaster on our web pages.

You can also speak to a Careers Adviser about which companies recruit and how.

Is there a certain way to write a CV depending on what job you are applying for?

Every CV or job application you write needs to be tailored to the job or placement you apply for. There may be specific requirements with certain job roles you need to be aware of. Check out our Blackboard site, Jobs & Careers, for more information and our CV Builder in the ‘Get a Job’ section.

Careers Advisers can also help you make sure your CV/job application is targeted, so email careers@cumbria.ac.uk or make an appointment and bring along your draft CV/application.

Can I get advice on interviews? Do you offer mock interview sessions?

You can get advice on all areas of applying for jobs – and progressing to further study. Get in touch well before the closing date and we can help you identify the types of questions that you are likely to get asked. We can also offer a mock interview where we simulate a real interview scenario.

How do I go about getting a job abroad or studying abroad?

The answer to this depends very much on what sort of job you have in mind and which country! A good starting point is www.prospects.ac.uk where there are articles on Working Abroad and Studying Abroad.

Or you can email us on careers@cumbria.ac.uk