Careers & Academic Affairs

What Careers Support is available in College?

Look out for careers events in College, when St Catz invites back former students to talk about their experiencess raise awareness of the different career paths that they have taken, and provide advice to current students about how they might be able to progress their career ideas. St Catz has alumnae in amazing roles and organisations, so don’t miss out! St Catz maintains a database of thousands of alumni, and although the College can’t give out alumni’s details, they can help put you in touch. Contact the development office for more details 01865 281 596 or development.office@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Another great source of careers advice are your tutors, even if you are not thinking of pursuing an academic career. Oxford tutors know a great deal of knowledge about different career paths, and can provide very field specific advice. They want to see you succeed in your career and make the most of your degree – so you can count on their help.

What Does the University Careers Service offer?

The University Careers Service provides a wide range of services including CV reviews, mock interviews and assessments, and a library filled with careers reference books and free materials. You can book an appointment online with a careers adviser for 10-20 minutes, or you can simply turn up at the Careers Service for a 15 minute drop-in session. The drop-in careers advice is available at specific times in the week, so check the website for up-to-date times. During term-time, CV clinics are held at the Examinations schools each week.

The Careers Service is located at 56 Banbury Road and is open:
Mon-Wed, Friday 09:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-19:00

If you don’t feel like heading over to Banbury Road, the Careers Service also have lots of information online. You can log in to CareersConnect with your normal university username and password to access resources such as Wetfeet e-book career guides, Going Global, Exodus, and practice aptitude tests. Moreover, CareersConnect allows students to search over 2,300 alumni mentors; over 1,500 jobs, internships and opportunities; over 6,500 employers; and you can also create a profile and upload your CV. Once you graduate, remember to sign up as an alumni job-seeker, which allows you to continue accessing the Careers Service.

Top tips for landing a graduate job

1) Research, research and research… There are millions of graduate careers websites out there.
2) Practice online psychometric tests. Try some free verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning practice tests (you need to login).
3) Check your CV, cover letter and application form. Checked it? Ok, check it again, and ask a friend to have a look.
4) Google yourself. Seriously. What does your online presence say about you? Do you want that Bop photo to be seen by a potential employer? No? Check your privacy settings on Facebooketc.
5) Stay positive. Don’t give up, don’t get blue and keep applying – it might take some time.