The Top 10 University Career Services - reviewed by 4,986 students
Posted by: Paul Humphreys on 16th November 2015
Embarking on a degree can be one of the most beneficial things you can do in terms of opening doors and advancing your career. It’s really important for universities to help students find the best career path. However, not all universities perform in this area. One StudentCrowd member commented:
In contrast, successful universities work hard with their students, providing one-to-one help, the best resources and ongoing support.
So, how do we know these are the Top 10?
4,986 students completed a review in 2015, and these 10 universities have the best average rating for Career Services. Many students left 5 star reviews for the level of careers support they received, one student wrote:
How have the Top 10 achieved student satisfaction?
We’ve contacted the Top 10 to understand how they have proven themselves to deliver best practice career services.
Read on to find out how these universities excel in ensuring students carve out the best career path.
The University of Bath boasts a staggering 85% of their first degree graduates moving on to top level jobs, whilst 93% of all graduates are in full-time work or further study. Therefore, Bath is an excellent choice for strong career progression. The Careers Office offers excellent placement schemes to its students, one-to-one help and comprehensive resources. Each year over 400 employers are invited to the Careers Fair, giving students the ideal opportunity to meet with some of the best employers in the UK.Read 159 reviews by students
Durham University is a great choice for career prospects, with a well-equipped careers centre that offers careers events, chances to develop employability skills and comprehensive career guides online. Students have praised the support and career prospects they are offered whilst carrying out their studies. Furthermore, enterprise skills are encouraged and supported, with societies and the careers service providing students with opportunities to start their own businesses. To top it off, Durham is amongst the top 25 universities that blue chip companies worldwide purposefully recruit from, according to the QS World University Rankings 2014/15.Read 93 reviews by students
Aston University has extensive career support for all of its students, past and present. They are committed to making sure their graduates leave equipped and employable, with 89% of students going on to graduate level jobs. Furthermore, they run the "graduate advantage" scheme, which matches students with SMEs in the West Midlands. Therefore, there are so many opportunities at Aston for students to seek employment. Another unique feature is that they offer a careers library of literature to help guide students and put them ahead of the crowd when starting life after university.Read 82 reviews by students
Based in the prominent Livingstone Tower, the University of Strathclyde boasts comprehensive career services to students. These services includes careers adviser appointments to help students with CVs, application forms, psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews.Read 95 reviews by students
The University of Exeter provides exceptional careers support to students studying on all of its campuses, from careers events to one-to-one careers guidance and skills sessions. The university also provides an online system to help students across all campuses to find graduate jobs, placements, part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. The online system is available from the day you arrive on campus to 3 years after you graduate.Read 300 reviews by students
Employability is embedded throughout all University of Dundee degrees and the Careers Service is at the heart of this, offering bespoke sessions and modules across all subject areas from first to final year. The Careers Service also runs a range of employability modules which students can take alongside their degree subjects, including an interactive and personalised Career Planning Module. There is also an Internship Module which combines academic credit with valuable work experience. All of this is informed by the university's strong links with employers, from national and international giants to local companies and start-ups. Employers have opportunities to meet students at our five annual Careers Fairs and also contribute to enhancing our education provision.Read 72 reviews by students
The University of Glasgow harnesses the expertise and enthusiasm of its expansive alumni community in supporting students’ career prospects. The university recently launched “The Network” – an online platform connecting alumni to students, to offer careers advice, work experience and mentoring. To date, 1,900 alumni and 1,000 students have signed up to participate in the programme. Q&A sessions, such as the “A Cup of Coffee with…” series, allow students to hear from notable alumni such as Amanda McMillan, Barry Mulholland and Christopher Brookmyre. Glasgow have significantly expanded the ‘Internship Hub’ to facilitate 350 high quality student internships in SMEs, charities, large graduate recruiters and the university itself. This year new features include application coaching and video tutorials for students applying for internships, networking with fellow interns and opportunities to become an Internship Hub Ambassador.Read 72 reviews by students
The University of Edinburgh delivers hands-on career help for its students. Staff provide support to construct an effective CV and craft an engaging covering letter. Careers advice is rooted by asking the question - "What do employers want?" which enables students to reverse-engineer their applications accordingly.Read 108 reviews by students
The University of Warwick is keen for students to get real work experience. The Warwick Work Experience Bursary is available to support students who undertake unpaid work experience. Online resources help students to find work experience opportunities, then make the most of the experience.Read 95 reviews by students
Hull students have many opportunities to broaden their horizons, with industrial placements and internships in the UK and overseas, in countries including Kenya, India and Bolivia to name just a few. University of Hull work closely with leading employers to provide industry experience within a range of high-profile organisations such as RB, Tata Steel, Microsoft, the House of Commons and the BBC. It is also committed to developing student enterprise and entrepreneurship and is home to “For Entrepreneurs Only”: a highly regarded network of business mentors that exists to help and support young entrepreneurs in Hull and East Yorkshire. The university’s commitment to shaping its students’ futures continues beyond their studies, with its lifelong careers guidance promise. The Careers Service is available for all graduates for life.Read 111 reviews by students