last reviewed: 10/10/2022
- Accessing our services
I can't access CareerConnect. When I try to login I see an error message stating that I don't have permission. How do I resolve this issue?
You need to complete all elements of e-registration, including MyCurriculum and any visa procedures, before you can access CareerConnect.
I have finished my studies at the University of Aberdeen. Can I continue to use the Careers and Employability Service?
Yes, graduates of the University are welome to use our services for as long as they need to after graduation. Shortly after finishing your studies you will receive an email explaining how you can continue to access our online system, CareerConnect, to make appointments, submit queries and keep up-to-date with current opportunities and events. You can also access our career mini courses, videos, self-assessment exercises and other online resources. Find out more.
Does the Careers and Employability Service have resources I can access?
Yes, there is a wide range of resources that are freely accessible via our website. Visit abdn.ac.uk/careers/resources and search for resources by job type, options with degree subject or topic (e.g. work experience, making applications, networking).
You can also access mini career courses, videos and self-assessment exercises that the Careers and Employability Service has created.
If you are looking for opportunities to develop your skills, have a look at the courses and articles featured on our Wakelet board.
I am a prospective student and would like to speak to someone. Is this possible?
If you have a career-related enquiry in relation to a University of Aberdeen course we are happy to discuss this with you. Please email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01224 273601.
I have booked to attend an online event. Where can I find the link to join the event?
The link to join an online event can usually be found in the event advert description on CareerConnect.
- Appointments and advice
How can I make an appointment with the Careers Adviser for my subject area?
ABERDEEN STUDENTS: Appointments are booked online via CareerConnect (see more information). If you are working and none of the scheduled appointments suit you, please email email@example.com and we will be happy to try to arrange an appointment that is convenient for you. In addition, if you have any issues with the booking system or have queries about appointments, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QATAR STUDENTS: You can contact the Career Services in Qatar via CareerConnect (see more information) to book an appointment online or simply send an email to email@example.com. We will be able to assist you in reviewing your CV, helping you with resources for online interviews or any career related enquiries you may have.
What can I expect from a 30 minute appointment with a Careers Adviser?
Your Adviser will welcome you to the appointment and explore what it is you wish to gain from the appointment. You are in charge of setting the discussion.
Our Advisers are highly trained and impartial, and will help you to explore your career options. We might ask you some questions about your thoughts to clarify, for example, your priorities and expectations. During the discussion we might help you to understand your chosen career path, or to weigh up your options. We might also show you some of our excellent online resources. Our Advisers will not make careers decisions for you, or tell you what to do! You can find out more about our Advisers on our webpage: Meet the Team.
I have a quick question. How can I speak to someone?
If you have a question to which you can't find the answer on our website, then please just come to the 2nd floor of the Students' Union Building. We are open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, post your query through our Virtual Adviser Service or phone us on 01224 273601.
How can I get feedback on my CV or application?
There are two options for obtaining feedback on CVs, covering letters, online profiles, application forms and personal statements. You can book an online CV/application feedback appointment, where an Adviser will discuss with you how you can make improvements to your documents. Appointments are booked on CareerConnect. Alternatively, you can submit your document(s) to us via our Virtual Adviser Service and an Adviser will reply with feedback within 3 working days.
If you would prefer to speak to the Careers Adviser for your subject area please book a 30-minute online appointment on CareerConnect.
We also have many resources on making applications, including a large number of sample CVs, on our website which may be useful to you. You may want to have a look at this content before submitting your CV or other application for review.
I have an online appointment. What platform will this be on and do I need to download anything?
We use Collaborate which is part of Blackboard. All you will need is a web link to the appointment room. This will be sent to you in the confirmation for your appointment together with some instructions on how to use the system. If you don’t receive this, please let us know in advance of your appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to share a document during your appointment please have a pdf version of your document ready. There is no need to send the document(s) to us in advance.
What time zone are appointment times displayed in on CareerConnect?
For Qatar students, appointment and event times are in Qatar time (unless stated otherwise).
For all other students, appointment and event times are in UK time (unless stated otherwise).
If you require an appointment with a Careers Adviser and there is not an appointment time that suits you as a result of differing time zones, please email us at email@example.com and we will try to arrange an appointment at a suitable time. CV/ Application feedback is offered via our Virtual Adviser Service which is available at all times. Queries are responded to within 3 working days.
I have booked an in-person appointment on the Old Aberdeen campus. Where should I go to attend my appointment and how do I sign-in?
Go to the Careers and Employability Service area on the second floor of the Students' Union building on Elphinstone Road. In our waiting are there is a tablet for you to sign-in for your appointment. Sign-in by following the instructions below.
- Developing your skills
I've heard you are starting a new programme called Pathway to Success. What is it and how can I participate?
Pathway to Success is a new programme which allows you to nominate and develop your skills through a range of activities such as employer events, workshops and online courses.
Pathway to Success has been developed to incorporate the key strengths of our co-curricular activities: the STAR Award, Leadership Academy and Aberdeen Employability Boost Award, which will no longer run.
This programme is available to all University of Aberdeen students, at all levels and any mode of study, as well as University of Aberdeen graduates. You can apply at any time.
What else can I do to develop my skills?
There are countless opportunities to develop your skills from co-curricular programmes to volunteering, online courses and virtual internships. Have a look at the Develop your skills section on our website - or, of course, speak to the Careers Adviser for your subject area.
- Jobs and work experience
Where can I view current job opportunities?
All the jobs we advertise can be viewed on CareerConnect. Log in with your university username and password, or, if you are a graduate, register for access. Once logged in follow Search > Opportunities to view a full list of jobs and opportunities. Use the filters on the left hand side to narrow your search to specific job types, sectors, locations and more. Don’t forget to update your profile on CareerConnect and opt to receive regular email alerts of new opportunities specific to your preferences.
What kind of work can I do right now and how it can it help my career development?
Part-time/casual work will allow you to showcase a range of skills and qualities, such as flexibility, working under pressure and learning quickly. You will also get a unique insight into management and leadership within the organisation at such an interesting and challenging time. We advertise part-time jobs on our CareerConnect system. You can choose to receive regular updates of new opportunities by visiting the Profile section of your CareerConnect account. We also recommend that you follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with opportunities.