Finalists Fortnight

Finalists: congratulations for completing your course! Find below some useful resources for navigating the next few months – how ever clear you are about what to do next…

The Careers Service is yours for life, and you can work with us to plan your future anytime – whether you have a clear idea of what you’re doing careers-wise, or would like some guidance as you decide. We are operating remotely during the pandemic and are open from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Our 15-minute careers chats are running throughout Finalists Fortnight, on weekdays from 22 June until 3 July 2020. Beyond this, our 30-minute appointments are also available to you, now and beyond Finalists Fortnight.

Where are you in your career planning?


About to finish your Cambridge degree and not sure what comes next?

Self-reflection will help you identify the things that matter to you most in choosing a career. Head to our website to access our tests and advice on getting to know yourself. You can also access advice on finding inspiration via our website.

Wondering what kind of job would suit you? Use Prospects to get a better idea, and discover some options you may not have considered.

If you’re looking to boost your awareness about career areas/sectors, browse our sector overviews and access further information via Prospects. You may also find our Quick Guides useful.

Then, if you’re keen to know what other graduates in your subject have gone on to do, see our Explore By Degree webpages, and read about student and graduate experiences on the unicamcareers blog.

Plus, complete your Handshake profile (here are some tips on making it good!) and look at the graduate community – who’s doing what now?

–         Search job openings by keyword if you’re not sure about sectors

–         Listen to recordings of previous sessions, including our ‘Career Essentials’ introductory skills sessions

–         Book a 15-minute quick careers chat or full 30-minute appointment with a careers adviser

Want your application to stand out from the crowd? Download a free copy of our CVs & Applications book, written by careers advisers – a key resource for when you come to make applications. You can also download our free 2020 Cambridge Careers Guide to plan your future, explore the A-Z of careers and get a head start in the job market.

Finally, why not follow us on Facebook to stay informed of our latest events, news and guidance?

Navigating the new labour market

Investigate the career areas you’re interested in via our handy Career Sectors A-Z.

Complete your Handshake profile (here are some top tips on making it good!) and look for active recruiters right now, plus:

–         Discover our virtual events hosted through the platform

–         Book a 15-minute quick careers chat or full 30-minute appointment with a careers adviser

Read our blog advice on utilising labour market information during Covid-19which will show you how to navigate which sectors and roles are affected during this uncertain job market.

Use a range of job search strategies and resources to access a wide range of opportunities, including vacancies on Handshake; speculative applications; and the advice on finding vacancies highlighted on the Careers Sectors A-Z pages.

International student or graduate? Explore our Information for International Students webpages. Plus, our colleagues at the International Student Office provide a wealth of information on their website.

Looking for work overseas? GoinGlobal is an online resource to help you plan your international career and to search for jobs.

Succeeding in a socially-distant society

Make sure your CV and online profiles in Handshake and LinkedIn show you off to your best advantage – the old rules still apply!

Complete your Handshake profile (here are some top tips on making it good!) and ensure you see all the live vacancies, plus:

–          Book a 15-minute quick careers chat or full 30-minute appointment with a careers adviser

–          Hear from employers – digital events and webinars, virtual fairs

Use GradLink and the LinkedIn alumni tool to see what others have gone on to do and start building your networks

Prepare for upcoming video or phone interviews, with tips on how to communicate effectively on-screen. And advice from Judge Business School. Practice for psychometric tests using our top tips and subscriptions.

Build up your profile and CV by gaining virtual work experience and insight into roles and sectors with Inside Sherpa and Bright Network virtual experiences.

Develop further skills by accessing online courses via LinkedIn Learning (provided free by Cambridge), FuturelearnUdemyCoursera, and EdX

Get to know employers and their programmes through reviews and sector overviews in Vault and Ratemyplacement.

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