We are here to help. All appointments are virtual using Microsoft Teams
The Teams app is free to download to any smart device. If you don’t have access to a smart device, let us know and we can make alternative arrangements.
A variety of appointments are available depending on the support you would like:
- Application support
- Mock interviews
- Careers guidance
- Quick queries
The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Team helps students to explore, develop and shape their futures, the service is available to all current and prospective students, as well as to graduates of the University of Suffolk within three years of their graduation.
The commitment to employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship across the curriculum is an important characteristic of our courses and students are encouraged to get involved in exciting opportunities that can enhance these three areas. We also have a growing selection of strategic partnerships that ensure our students and graduates can be connected to a variety of exciting opportunities to prepare them for the their futures. Our newest partners in the 21-22 academic year include national graduate recruitment agency, Sanctuary Graduates, and Bodyswaps, our VR partner providing students with the chance to enhance their skills and attributes through immersive VR modules.
Students and alumni have 24/7 access to FutureMe, our interactive online career development platform. If you are a graduate that has not previously accessed FutureMe and created your alumni account, or you have any problems logging in, please visit Alumni Access to FutureMe, or email the Careers team.
We hold employer events, workshops and presentations throughout the year which enable students and organisations to network. Check here regularly for details of the next events.
Other useful resources:
- Internships – an opportunity to enhance your skills
- Online jobs board – connecting students and graduates with employers
- Micro-Placements – designed to provide real work experience
- Employability skills student poster competition – closed 22nd February 2022
- Facebook and Twitter – keep up to date on social media
- Useful resources - where to find a job
University of Suffolk embraces working with businesses. If you would like to know more about how our organisations can work together, please visit our Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship page.
The Careers Service is based at Ipswich, and is accessible by current University of Suffolk students who are studying in the following locations: Ipswich, East Coast College, Suffolk New College, and West Suffolk College. Graduates from these locations can also access our support for 3 years following graduation.
If you are enrolled onto a University of Suffolk course at Global Banking School, London School of Commerce, Unitas, Unicaf, or another location/institution not listed above, you will need to contact the Careers or Student Services Team at your institution for 1:1 support.
- Book your careers guidance appointment.
- We are using the Microsoft Teams chat function please download the Microsoft Teams app before your appointment. See our guide to using Microsoft Teams . You can also Skype or telephone for a 1:1 careers guidance appointment with us.
- Quick Response E-Guidance - Email your query to a Careers Adviser and we are committed to reply within three working days.
- Access to Online Resources FutureMe - hosts a wealth of careers information and employment vacancies. FutureMe compliments our careers support with online interactive tools for you to access whenever, and wherever you need them, so you can move your career forward with confidence.
Our paid Micro-Placements Scheme will enable you to take on real responsibility by working on live projects, or with services/facilities delivered within the University. Micro-placements are designed to provide live work experience to develop transferable skills and enhance employability. In turn, micro-placements provide a fantastic opportunity to embed your experiences into University services.
Finding the right career advice and support during uncertain times with FutureMe Award
‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ – Peter Drucker
Free 5-stage online programme designed to transform your employability skills available for students and alumni
Please note that If would like your FutureMe Award to appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) when you graduate, you will need to complete the Award by 31 July of your final year. If you complete the Award after this time, or if you are already a University of Suffolk alumni, you can still complete the Award and print a certificate of completion, but it will not appear on your HEAR.
Whether you know what you want from your career or are unsure of your direction, reflecting on your motivations, preferences, strengths and working style can be useful when considering your desired career path:
- applying for roles
- seeking careers progressing to new roles in your current employer
- setting up your own business. If you have an idea for a new business but don't know where to start you might want to consider Entrepreneurs Forge.
- working as a freelancer
- thinking about becoming a mentor or mentee
- thinking about becoming a course rep or student ambassador
- exploring postgraduate options
- searching for internships, work shadowing, work experience and volunteering opportunities
- searching for your first graduate role
About FutureMe Award
You can sign up with your student email address but if you are graduating in the current academic year please sign up with your personal email address so that you can have access to the careers service and online via FutureMe when you become an Alumni.
FutureMe is your Career learning platform available 24/7 for you, is about developing personally and professionally, understanding yourself, exploring your options, making informed decisions, and getting to where you want to be.
Future Me Award was designed following DOTS (SODT) framework principles.
Although there are different theories and developmental approaches to careers education, the most widely used framework in the UK has evolved from the dynamic relationships between Self, Opportunities, Decisions and Transitions (DOTS – SODT). This framework states that four components are fundamental to career learning development:
The DOTS Model (Adapted from Law and Watts 1977/1996)
- Self-awareness (the ability to identify and articulate motivations, skills and personality as they affect career plans);
- Opportunity awareness (knowledge of opportunities and the ability to research these);
- Decision-making (being able to weigh up personal factors to make a sound plan);
- Transition learning (understanding of how to seek and secure opportunities).
If you wish to be effective, these elements need to be dynamically articulated to ensure that all areas are briefly investigated to enable you to implement fully informed and sound career plans.
Are you ready to begin? Don’t leave your next career step to chance…. Explore the resources and take control of your career today.
The Award is structured in 5 sections called Programmes on your status tracker.
We hope that working your way through this programme will be an adventure in the best possible sense.
Let’s break down the award:
Begin by familiarising yourself with the FutureMe Award Structure document which is a quick guide for your 5-stage programme. It aims to provide you with information about pre and post self-assessment, accessing the programmes, tasks and actions required to complete the award and reflect activities. As well as screen duration to help you with your time management.
- Complete FUTUREME Award - Stay on track with your career with a 5-stage online programme here
- Access SELF-AWARENESS Programme
- Access OPPORTUNITY AWARENESS Programme
- Access DECISION MAKING AND PLANNING Programme
- Access SEEKING AND SECURING OPPORTUNITIES Programme
- Access REFLECTION Programme
- Complete FUTURE ME Award - Assess your progress
‘I decided to do the Future me award as it is an opportunity to develop myself both personally and professionally. Developing skills and being prepared to start a career is what I aim to achieve and by completing this award I feel more prepared and confident.’
Camelia Atomei - Recent Graduate
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You can track your progress through the Award, undertake the Award in whichever order you prefer and save your notes as you go
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