Build the Future

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw.

The University of Suffolk is a community impact education provider. It is important to us that there is a continual focus on contributing to the health and wellbeing of the people in our region, as well as empowering development.

It is fair to say that the past year has tested the limits of individuals and communities far and wide, both personally and professionally. Constantly changing goal posts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us all out of our comfort zone and encouraged us to reflect on our aspirations for the future, in the hopes of maximising our reinvigorated freedoms going forward.

The University Careers and Employability Team is at the forefront of supporting current and future students in embracing this forward thinking attitude through a vast array of resources.

One of the resources that has been developed and tailored to meet the needs of students is the FutureMe’ careers platform.

Current students can access this resource through ‘My Suffolk’. And as the number of Higher and Degree level apprenticeships continue to grow, it is important for us to shine a light on how this platform can also be used to develop skills and enhance opportunities for apprentices. Although these learners are already employed within their industry sector, evolution is inevitable and there is no end to the wealth of opportunities available to us if we are open to exploring them.

The team has worked alongside the Apprenticeship Hub to ensure that FutureMe has a tailored section to support the differing needs of those in an apprenticeship. We collectively encourage current and future students to maximise their use of this platform, feeding back where any improvements can be made.

FutureMe and the Careers and Employability Team are available to support with the following:

Support with helping you to decide what to do next
Advice on postgraduate study
Career development workshops and events
One-to-one careers guidance
Advice on writing effective CVs and applications
Mock interviews and interview guidance
Tips for networking, using social media and developing your personal brands
Careers fairs and opportunities to meet employers throughout the year
Volunteering opportunities
Job vacancies, projects and paid internships

So if you are an apprentice, or aspire to join an apprenticeship in the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can help you to ‘build the future’.

Anna has been working at the University of Suffolk as a Careers and Employability Adviser since 2019. She did a degree in Sociology at the University of York before going on to qualify as a Careers Adviser and has been working within Careers and Employability for 20 years now. ...

As a careers adviser I explore with students the opportunities that are available and work with them to increase their career management, employability and job searching skills through a range of activities. This includes increasing their effectiveness through their stages of career...

Sonia is a Careers and Employability Adviser and has been working at the University since 2017. She has extensive professional experience in specialised recruitment, assessment centres, outplacement and career management projects.  Since joining the Careers team in 2020,...