As a team, we offer all of the traditional things you would expect from a Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service:
- 1:1 impartial information, advice and guidance to help you move forward in your career and future planning;
- Advice on all aspects of the job and Postgraduate study application process, including CVs, personal statements, cover letters, assessment centres and interviews;
- Events to meet and connect with prospective employers, including fairs, workshops, webinars and more;
- 24/7 access to our online career development platform and job board, FutureMe;
- Access to instant CV and interview feedback through our CV360 and Interview360 tools;
- The FutureMe Award, a self-directed career development award that is designed to follow you throughout your degree, and is recognised on your HEAR at graduation;
- Activities to support you with business start-up and freelancing, including 1:1 advice;
- Opportunities to apply for work experience, including micro-placements, paid internships and volunteering roles;
- Support with building networks and using social media, including the creation of strong LinkedIn profiles;
and much more.
However, we want to be more than that, and are constantly exploring new partnerships and seeking student feedback to make sure we are offering the best support to our students. In 2021-22, we’ve joined forces with two new partners:
- Sanctuary Graduates, to provide targeted job and internship opportunities to our students body; and
- Bodyswaps, who have enabled us to provide you with innovative and immersive VR modules (and the headsets too!) that help you improve your interview technique, as well as develop essential workplace attributes and knowledge.
We also launched the Entrepreneurs Forge Bootcamp, which enabled us to issue the first ever start-up grants to current students and recent graduates following attendance at the bootcamp and a successful business pitch. In summer 2022, we’re looking forward to running this again, but as a condensed ‘Weekender’, providing students with a chance to explore their start-up ideas with peers and mentors in a creative and inspiring environment (that may also contain a fun activity or two!).
We know that, for many students, finding time to engage with extra-curricular activity can be tough. To make us as accessible as possible, we have Careers Professionals aligned to our Schools who work closely with academic teams, and we encourage students and graduates to book 1:1 appointments with their Adviser. Academic Schools will also run a variety of initiatives and activities throughout the year, and will typically embed a selection of guest speakers and interactive activities to ensure students have the opportunity to apply their theoretical learning to practical contexts.
The Team are based in Ipswich, but 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 who have been awarded a University of Suffolk or UCS degree can also access our support for life. However, 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 support.