BU Careers & Employability support available to ALL BU students and graduates

The support offered both on and off campus by the BU Careers & Employability Service includes:-

Careers & Employability Centre, Edge Student Development Centre, Talbot Campus The-Edge

You can drop in to our career centre in the Edge Student Development Centre (outside the Talbot Campus library), Mon – Fri between 8.45am – 4.30pm, and speak to members of the team about your careers and employability needs, loan out job hunting and application books, as well as pick up free careers and job hunting guides.

Access to the ‘MyCareerHub’ Online Careers System

Accessible 24/7 you can access the following with your BU username and password:-

*Careers advisors will see students from any course but they are also attached to the Schools/Faculties as follows:-

  • Jane Pimblett – Media
  • David Wakeford – Sci/Tech
  • Lynne Jones –Business, Law, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail, Events, Sport
  • Adrian Cuthbert – Business, Law, Health & Social Care

School/Faculty related careers and job hunting resources

To help you with finding careers and jobs within a specific sector, there is a whole section on MyCareerHub dedicated to providing resources for different job sectors to help you with identifying potential employers, job opportunities and careers information as follows:-

  • Online Job Sites
  • Employer Directories
  • Recruitment Agencies
  • Useful Organisations
  • Making Job Applications
  • Potential Earnings & Salary
  • Careers Information
  • What do BU Grads do after Graduation
  • Further advice & guidance

To access the ‘Sector Resources’ in MyCareerHub click here

Find us on Social Media!

  • BU Twitter Page – keep up to date with recruitment news, vacancies, job search hints and tips
  • BU Employability Blog – selection of useful articles sourced from around the web to help with the career planning and job application process

Other ways to contact us

  • 01202 961663

Key Opportunities to boost the CV!

  • Student Development Award – Valuable award helping students to stand out from the crowd and equip them with the skills that employers will find impossible to resist! Find out more here
  • Global Horizons Fund – Want to experience another culture? Want to boost your CV with an international experience? The Global Horizons fund could help! Find out more here
  • BU Volunteering – Lots of opportunities on campus to boost your CV through volunteering. Find out more here
  • Latest Competitions & Opportunities – The BU Careers & Employability blog features all the latest competitions and opportunities to boost your CV. Find out more here

BU Careers Support available to BU students AFTER graduation

  • Once you have graduated, you are still entitled to use the services of the Careers & Employability Service for up to 3 years from graduation, including access to MyCareerHub, whether you stay in the Dorset area or relocate to another area of the UK.

BU are sponsoring the Rock Star Awards 2015

Rock Awards BU-bannerLocal recruitment agency ‘Rock Recruitment Specialists’ are looking to celebrate the achievements of people aged 16-26 in the Dorset area, and show local businesses what young employable talent Dorset has to offer through a scheme called the ‘Rock Star Awards’.

Bournemouth University are sponsoring the Rock Star Awards this year and want to encourage as many students and graduates to apply for the awards as possible. In the past BU students have done well in these awards and won several categories, creating useful contacts and opportunities for their careers.

Details of the awards and how students and graduates can apply can be found on the Rock Recruitment website here. This is a fantastic opportunity for the winners of these awards to showcase their achievements to a network of 400 employers in the Dorset area at a special gala dinner event and not only make useful business contacts with influential business people, but such an opportunity could also lead to a future job offer!

Employers on Campus

careers-employability-logoCareers & Employability have organised a series of employer-led presentations running during February and March.

From sales and brand marketing, NHS, care sector, charitable education, teacher training, legal, freelancing, to internships in China & Hong Kong. These presentations are open to all students and can be booked via MyCareerHub.

Find the full list of workshops here.

Faculty of Science & Technology Careers & Placement team have a new home

From Monday 1 December you’ll find the team in room C237 in Christchurch House on the Talbot Campus. You can still book an appointment on myCareerHub or contact them by email in the usual way.

The team are there to provide you with advice and support when searching for a placement opportunity. Whether you need help finding the best placement opportunity for you, aren’t sure how to start searching for or applying to organisations, or would like some guidance on CV writing and interview techniques, they’re there to help.

Each Academic School/ Faculty offers the same service, all of which are supported by BU’s Careers & Employability Service.

It’s all about Careers & Employability

careers-employability-logoEach year, over 90% of UK-based BU graduates find work soon after graduation. Placements, course content and the range of extra-curricular opportunities available at BU, all play a huge part in this success.

BU’s Careers & Employability team can provide you with access to loads of resources to help secure your ideal placement. They can help fine-tune your CV and most importantly, have links to a huge catalogue of employers, locally, nationally and internationally.

Find out more online, by booking a careers appointment or attending a great line-up of employer events.


If you haven’t yet used MyCareerHub, then sign up now. It’ll only take a few minutes and to give you access to everything you need to start preparing for your future career.

The Edge

If you’d prefer to talk to one of the advisors about your options for jobs, placements or to get tips on writing and submitting applications, visit them in their newly refreshed offices at The Edge (just outside the library on Talbot Campus).

Careers appointments

There’s also a Careers Advisor in each Academic School/Faculty, with specialist knowledge of your academic area:


The BU Graduate & Placements Fair takes place on 12 and 13 November 2014 (11am – 3pm), in Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus. Sponsored by JP Morgan and Phillips, there will be over 150 organisations from all sectors, including hospitality and retail, creative and digital industries, finance, teaching, engineering, government and more.

Employer workshops are taking place throughout this semester. We’ll be welcoming Sky and IBM, among others, to share their placement and graduate opportunities and application advice. Check the Events pages in the Student Portal for more information or book now via MyCareerHub.

Contact the team at careers@bournemouth.ac.uk or 01202 961663.

Summer Vacation Opening Hours for the BU Careers & Employability Service

The BU Careers & Employability Service will be open during the Summer Vacation.

All face to face, telephone and Skype careers appointments will be available to book via Careerhub.

The Edge Student Development Centre (outside the library) will be open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm for enquiries and access to careers resources.

Graduating in 2014?

As you enter a competitive graduate recruitment market, we understand the need for our BU students and graduates to have access to careers and employability advice and support for as long as possible.

That’s why, as a BU Graduate, you can still access the services of the BU Careers & Employability Service for up to 3 years from graduation, whether you are still living in the local area or have moved away.

Access MyCareerhub 24/7 for all your career planning needs, including access to careers appointments via skype and telephone and all the latest job vacancies, recruitment events and employability resources.

Careers & Employability support available to you

Now that you are in your final term of university, no doubt you will be thinking about what’s next after your degree. We wanted to let you know that the BU Careers & Employability Service is here to support you in taking the next steps. We are a friendly team who can offer you advice on looking for a job, further study and all things career and jobs related such as completing application forms and interview guidance.

We appreciate that this is a busy period for you with dissertations, projects and exams, so with this in mind, our online careers system *MyCareerHub is a one stop shop available 24/7, featuring help and support for preparing you for life beyond university.

The help and support offered includes:-

Calendar of Careers Action for Final Year Students
• Searchable database of Graduate Job Vacancies
• Ability to book careers advice, interview prep & CV review appointments with qualified careers advisors
• Access to forthcoming careers & recruitment events on and off campus
• Access to careers resources on a range of careers and job hunting related topics
• ‘Ask us a Question‘ Service
• Find out about further help and support offered here

Many students have told us that they find the job application and job hunting process daunting, so we have created resources specifically devoted to this including:-

• Help with writing CVs, Covering Letters, Application Forms
• Help with preparing for Interviews & Assessment Centres
• Opportunity to practice Psychometric Tests

• Opportunity to Practice Online Video Interviews
• Information Guide to finding Graduate Vacancies
• Job Hunting related to your Degree

Don’t forget!

• You can find the Careers & Employability Service in the Edge Student Development Centre (outside the library) Find out more here
• You can pick up a FREE Prospects Employer Directory from the Edge (outside the library)
• You can find us on Social Media – Twitter & Employability Blog
• You can use the services of the Careers and Employability Service including myCareerHub for up to 3 years from graduation regardless of whether you are staying in Bournemouth or returning to your home town.

We hope that this has given you a good idea of the help and support available to you, and that you will find it useful, not only during your final term but beyond graduation as well.

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Students invested in their future

Last week, the Graduate and Placements Fair welcomed over 2,600 BU students and 90 employers to Talbot Campus.careers-fair-400

The event, sponsored by Philips and Enterprise Rent-a-car, gave students an opportunity to network with a host of companies including L’Oreal, BSKYB, Intel, Kondor and Hilton.

Every year, a large number of students find information that helps shape their career and placement applications, this year being no different.

This was the first time the Careers Fair has spanned over 3 days, and organiser Rachel Clarke believes students have engaged well with the concept: ‘It was great to see so many students attend the Graduate and Placements Fair.  We attracted many employers who hadn’t been on campus for a few years but who were really keen to engage with and recruit our students’

BU ‘number one’ for work experience, study finds


Bournemouth University is top of the class when it comes to offering students work placements, a new study has found.

Research conducted by graduate-jobs.com found that BU has the highest proportion of graduates with work experience on their CVs compared to other UK universities.

According to the study, nearly nine out of ten Bournemouth students graduating in 2013 have spent time in a workplace prior to graduation.

Gerry Wyatt, Operations Director at graduate-jobs.com, said: “Bournemouth University graduates often have a comparatively substantial spell in the workplace, practical and relevant experience of their chosen career, enriched CVs, and an understanding of the importance of both teamwork and interpersonal skills.”

He added that work experience was crucial in helping graduates stand out in the recruitment process, demonstrating work ethic and career aptitude when they apply for a job.

“Those Bournemouth students that have taken advantage of the work placements available to them have also shown initiative, ambition and drive in finding and being chosen for such employment experiences,” said Gerry.

“Their future employers benefit by filling entry-level positions with graduates who have an understanding of the graduate’s chosen industry.”

Bournemouth University offers every Undergraduate student the opportunity to undertake a professional placement – typically 40 weeks in length – and has more students on a work placement than any other university in England.

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University, said, “This study is another example of the brilliant work taking place at Bournemouth University.

“I am truly proud of the student experience our graduates have and am happy to see that they are leaving BU prepared to succeed in their chosen fields.”

Read the graduate-jobs.com article in full

BU Business student in final of prestigious student awards scheme


A BA (Hons) Business Studies student from Bournemouth University is through to the final of the prestigious Undergraduate of the Year awards.

Tom Heyes is down to the last ten for the Target Jobs Undergraduate of the Year in Commercial Excellence award, and will find out if he has won at an awards ceremony hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald.

Tom, who is currently on a placement year as part of his course, said: “It has been a lot of work to get to this stage, but I’m really happy to have got through to the finals – it’s one of those things you don’t expect to happen.

“I get to go to dinner with Trevor McDonald – so I’m happy even if I don’t win.

“The Business School have been really good and really supportive and have been backing me all the way.”

The Target Jobs Undergraduate of the Year Award in Commercial Excellence is sponsored by Nestlé, and looks for students with a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record.

The winner will receive a Raleigh expedition to Borneo in 2013 as part of an expedition team and the chance to undertake a 12 week internship with Nestlé in a commercial area of their choice.

“It would be a great experience to get that extra three months with a totally different company – especially Nestlé, which is one of the biggest companies in the world,” said Tom, 21, who is from Bournemouth and lives in Winton while studying.

“The seven weeks in Borneo after graduating would be amazing as well.”

Tom is currently undertaking a 12 month placement with Fujitsu, working as a Lean Practitioner – helping to manage change activities in different parts of the business.

He believes that the experience helped him during the gruelling application process – for which he had to write a critical report of the economic climate, do online tests and a group assessment day and interviews with Nestlé.

“I don’t think I would have got this far if I hadn’t had a placement,” said Tom, who lives in Reading while on placement.

“I have learnt an amazing amount. I have changed a lot in this year and grown up a lot.

“I think it helps when you can provide real world experiences. A lot of the other candidates were really strong academically and really intelligent but I think I was more outgoing in the group situation.

“I think that’s probably where I picked up points.”

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in Canary Wharf on 19 April.