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‌Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from students.  If you still have a query after reading this information, please email careers@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

How to access our services ...

 

What does the Careers Centre do and how can it help me?

The Careers Centre supports current students and recent graduates (within three years of graduation) of St Andrews with their career planning and decision-making.

We work with students and recent graduates to educate, inspire and empower them to design meaningful and satisfying careers. We do this in four key ways, by providing:

  1. up-to-date career-related information;
  2. careers advice and guidance services;
  3. an extensive programme of career and employer events;
  4. access to opportunities and work experience programmes.

See our Statement of Service for more information.

Help - I'm not sure where to start!

If you are unsure about your career direction, we have some great tools and resources to help you identify and explore different career options.  You can also make an appointment to see a Careers Adviser.

When is the best time to start thinking about careers?

It’s never too early to start thinking about your future career!

No matter what year you are in, the Careers Centre can help you explore your interests and options open to you and help you with the career planning process.

We encourage all students to start thinking about careers as early as possible during their time at university, as this gives them more time to explore career paths and test out ideas.

Do I have to choose a career before making an appointment?

Absolutely not!  All students and recent graduates can access support.

Whether you have no idea, a few ideas or a clear idea of what you want to do in the future, our staff can help you at any stage of your career journey. 

How do I book an appointment?

The majority of our appointments are bookable via CareerConnect. We currently offer the following appointments. 

  • CV, covering letter and LinkedIn advice
  • Careers Appointments
  • Practice Interviews
  • Enterprise Appointments
  • (Career Guidance appointments are bookable following referral from a Careers Adviser)

What is CareerConnect?

CareerConnect is our online career hub where you can:

  • book appointments
  • search for vacancies and
  • sign-up for events and workshops. 

All fully matriculated University of St Andrews students have access to CareerConnect, as well as graduates (up to three years after graduation).

I have a disability - can you help me find and apply for a job?

Visit our disability page for further advice and assistance.  You can make an appointment to see a Careers Adviser. You may also wish to check out the University of St Andrews Student Support page.

Can I still use the Careers Centre after I graduate?

Students who have recently graduated must register as a graduate on CareerConnect to have continued access to our resources for up to three  years after graduation.  Also visit our Alumni pages for advice on how to stay connected as part of the University of St Andrews Alumni community .

I need to practice Psychometric Tests – can the Careers Centre help?

Check out our psychometric test page for lots of advice and information.  Also register or login to use Graduates First via our resources page.

Can the Careers Centre help me prepare for an Assessment Centre?

Have a look at our Assessment Centre page.  You can also access Assessment Centre exercises and guides on Graduates First.

Do you have any data on University of St Andrews graduate destinations?

Information on the destinations of Graduates of the University of St Andrews is available on our graduation destinations page.

Where can I find out about careers and different job market sectors?

A good place to start is our Careers A-Z pages.

Prospects and TargetJobs also have lots of useful careers information.

What is the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC)

The PSC exists to develop the professional and employability skills of all students. In-person and online PSC workshops are based on the University’s 20 Graduate Attributes.  The PSC is free and open to all University of St Andrews students.

 

Finding and applying for jobs, self employment and postgraduate study ...

 

How do I sign-up to use specialist websites, including GoinGlobal and Vault?

The Careers Centre subscribes to some great websites and resources including:

  • GoinGlobal - advice and resources for finding international career opportunities;
  • Vault - resources for finding opportunities in North America;
  • InternshipsUSA - organizations offering internships in the USA;
  • Graduates First - psychometric tests and job assessment preparation tools;
  • Interview Simulator - record and playback your own practice interviews.  Advice on how to tackle typical interview questions.
  • Countryside Jobs Service - countryside, conservation and wildlife opportunities and advice.

Login using your current university details.

 

How can I find a part-time job in St Andrews?

Read our Look Local page.  All Look Local vacancies can be found on CareerConnect.

I'm looking for work experience - where do I start?

We have lots of information to help you find opportunities and sources of vacancies in the UK, Europe and worldwide.  Also regularly check on CareerConnect for work experience and internship vacancies.

Where can I look for graduate jobs?

Regularly check on CareerConnect to search for graduate jobs.  Also have a look at our graduate job vacancy sites and listing page.

What support does the Careers Centre provide for starting a business?

There is one to one advice and guidance available by booking an Enterprise Appointment.  We run workshops and competitions throughout the academic year. Please check Career Connect for details.

What is a National Insurance number and how do I get one?

Everyone who works in the UK (including international students), must have a National Insurance Number. These are issued by the UK government, and are needed in order for your employer to pay your wages. Read our page on National Insurance Numbers and Income Tax for further details.

Do you have any advice on international opportunities?

We have lots of advice and information on our website about finding internships and graduate jobs worldwide.  Also login to our subscriptions page for access to GoinGlobal, Vault and Internships USA.

Do you have any information on postgraduate study?

Visit the postgraduate section of our website for lots of advice on course choice, making applications and funding.  You can also make an appointment to see a Careers Adviser to discuss postgraduate study options.