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- Appointments are via Microsoft Teams, the 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 call you or make alternative arrangements with you.
A variety of appointments are available depending on what you would like support with: Quick Queries, Application Support, Mock Interviews and Careers Guidance. Make an appointment. Please feel free to email us.
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 careers and employability across the curriculum is an important characteristic of our courses and students are encouraged to get involved in exciting opportunities that can enhance employability.
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. There are also work experience opportunities for students with the Micro-Placement Scheme.
Students and alumni have access 24/7 to our interactive online career development learning platform, FutureMe.
We hold employer events, workshops and presentations which enable students and organisations to network.
Information about jobs, internships and graduate careers is also available through the Online Jobs Board, and on our social media accounts listed at the end of the page, check these useful career resources. If you want to know more about internships, take a look at the stories from our students and graduates that have completed internships and Micro-Placements and the Employability Skills Student Poster competition.
- 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 the Engage programme for current students and alumni
- 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
Events and Tourism Management Programme University of Suffolk
Top Tips before you start
- You can track your progress through the Award, undertake the Award in whichever order you prefer and save your notes as you go.
- Each of the Programmes contain a range of Tasks. You all have individual preferences, so you may find some materials more helpful than others. Use what works best for you.
- You will find tasks that are mandatory to complete the Award, though most give you a choice of options. Mandatory tasks are marked with a star.
- You can choose from a range of options within the tasks.
- The actions within each task are tracked automatically, so as soon as you click on the launch link and complete the action it will be marked as done.
- Learning opportunities are offered in a variety of formats eg. videos, articles, top tips, and interactive activities to allow you to fit them more easily into your learning style.
- We’ve provided you the minimum time FutureMe Award will take to complete the core content. These estimates include time to watch videos and complete activities in the central section of each task (main task content), but not to complete the supplementary activities provided throughout the Award eg. Taking your notes when completing tasks and actions, final reflection, which we think should be at your own pace. Please note that these time estimates are indicative only.
- Download your report in each programme. This status report provides an up-to-date picture of your programme activity. The information shows the tasks you have to complete to finish this programme as well as a breakdown of your progress on each task and all associated actions.
- Engage with FutureMe Award and select tasks and actions based upon the recognition of your own development needs.
The Careers Teams at the University of Suffolk can support you with:a
- Use this link to schedule a 1-2-1 session with a member of the Careers Team
- Join our free Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram Career Team pages and share your experience with Future Me Award.
- Together, we can create a tribe of FutureMes!
- If you are willing to be a FutureMe Award case study - which can help inspire others, please email email@example.com.
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Student Services - Careers Team
Develop a direct link with the University of Suffolk – Employers, Students and Graduates
Whatever your organisation’s area of work and size, if you can offer a project that will give a student or graduate an insight into your company, doing real work that is of benefit to your organisation, we would love to hear from you.
- Students and graduates can bring new perspectives and fresh ideas to your organisation
- Fill your skills gaps by having short/long term support
- Test-drive the talent
- Succession planning: many organisations go on to employ their interns on a permanent basis, saving money and effort with the recruitment process.
- Give back to the community by enhancing the local workforce as a whole and facilitating a positive future
- At different times of the year, new funding opportunities may be available so it’s always worth checking to find out what is available. If your business could benefit, just get in touch.
Connect with, engage and employ
- Online Job Tracker: present your business and opportunities to our students and graduates here - Your company profile will improve your chance of attracting top talent, as students and alumni will have greater visibility of your company, even if you don’t have any current job vacancies.
- Get in touch if you’d like to attend any of our 21-22 events, an ideal opportunity for you to meet our students, graduates, staff and increase brand awareness. See our previous employer events.
- Provide internships alongside live projects and real problems to fit into student course modules
- Contribute to developing student's employability skills needed to your business
- Access to facilities, networking and professional development opportunities
- Connecting you with faculty staff to discuss specific requirements or research opportunities.
How to connect?
The University of Suffolk is passionate about working with businesses of all sizes. There are many ways we could work together for mutual benefit. Just get in touch.
We are here to support and guide you.