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Welcome to the Career and Employability Service

The Career and Employability Service provides expert help from qualified and experienced professionals to help you plan your career from day one of your UCO journey, continuing for 3 years following graduation.  The service offers impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

Our focus is on supporting you with employability and career decision making, guiding you through a process of personal reflection to help you identify the most suitable path for you.  Career decision making is as much about lifestyle aspiration as it is about deciding your professional journey.

The service is provided by a highly qualified guidance and practitioner with substantial experience and contact across a range of industries, which means that you will get the very best up-to-date information to help you make great choices.


Services include

UCO students have exclusive access to this service from day one and continuing for three years after graduation.  You will have access to the following services:

  • One to one careers information, advice and guidance
  • Seminars, workshops & masterclasses
  • Career planning and decision making
  • Online CV resources
  • CV checking service
  • Application form support
  • Job interview preparation
  • Mock Interviews
  • Finding a placement

You can access these services in the Graduate Hub.

How do I book an appointment?

Make the most of your careers service by booking a one to one appointment today.  Booking is quick and easy.

  1. Contact the UCO reception or  library staff on 0161 344 8800 and ask for an appointment with the Career Adviser.
  2. Book an appointment in person at the UCO reception or library desk.

The Career Adviser works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Want an appointment outside of office hours?  No problem.  Ask reception or email and we will be in touch to offer you a flexible appointment.

If you can’t attend an appointment, please contact reception to let them know, so that another student can take advantage of the appointment slot.


What to expect

A careers interview will usually last for an hour.  At your careers interview, you will usually get an action plan to remind you of what was discussed and for you to complete the actions agreed, after your interview.

A careers interview is your time:

  • To discuss the things that are important to you
  • To work out more about yourself
  • To get up to date and accurate information
  • To create a plan of action
Preparing for a careers interview

You can be confident that your interview will be confidential and non-judgmental. The UCO service is here to support you with your career and employability needs.  It can help if you think about these things before you come to your session:

  • What do I want to know by the end of the interview?
  • What would I like to talk about?
  • What do I want to change?
  • What are my own ideas?
How can a careers adviser help me?

Our careers adviser is committed to ensuring that you get the best careers information, advice and guidance possible. You may not know what to do once you graduate, have any idea of which career you want to pursue or know how to go about making these decisions. At your careers appointment, you will go through exactly what you would find helpful to discuss. Appointments normally last for 60 minutes  and at the start of your appointment, you can discuss what you’d find most useful to talk about.

To give you an idea, here are some of the topics we can help you with:

  • Deciding what to do post-graduation
  • Job searching techniques
  • Where to look for a job
  • Useful resources
  • Mock interviews
  • Feedback on your CV, cover letter and job application form
  • Interviews
  • Job information
  • Volunteering
  • Work experience, placements and internships.

This list is by no means comprehensive; if there’s anything else that I can help you with, then that’s absolutely fine, just ask.

Can you find me a job?

We can certainly show you where to look for a job and support you to develop effective job searching skills, but we can’t find you a job. This is something that we would work on together so that you build the skills you need to be able to do what you want in the future.


What other support is available?

You can find more information:

  • Online on UCO Moodle in the Career & Employability Service page.
  • In the Graduate Hub – open every  week day.
  • On your monthly Career & Employability Service email bulletin, which is sent to your UCO email account during term time.