The Careers and Employability Service is now delivering some services on-campus. (All our services are also still be available online.) We have a Welcome Desk where we are able to answer quick queries and refer you to other services if need be. You can also book on-campus CV/application feedback appointments .

We are following the University's Covid campus guidelines and expect you to do the same.

What to expect if you visit us in-person:

  • When arriving on the second floor of the Students' Union Building, you will be greeted by one of our members of staff.
  • All members of Careers staff will be wearing face coverings and keeping at least a 1m distance from others.
  • We will sanitise our hands and any surfaces touched by us and visitors frequently.
  • We will keep windows open and all areas ventilated as well as possible in our space.

We expect that you:

  • Follow all instructions given by Careers staff.
  • Are mindful of your own safety and that of others - students and staff.
  • Follow the University's guidelines by
    • wearing a face covering (unless you are exempt)
    • sanitising your hands on arrival
    • keeping a safe distance at all times.

If you have any questions about visiting us on-campus, please email careers@abdn.ac.uk.

 

FAQs for Careers and Employability services
(last reviewed: 29/11/2021)

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 careers@abdn.ac.uk or phone us on 01224 273601.

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 careers@abdn.ac.uk 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 careers@abdn.ac.uk.

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 studentcareers@afg-aberdeen.edu.qa. 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.

 

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 careers@abdn.ac.uk. 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 careers@abdn.ac.uk 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.

Developing your skills
I've heard that you run an Employability Boost Programme. What is it and how can I participate?

The Aberdeen Employability Boost Award encourages student and graduate participation in a range of employability boosting activities, including live workshops, mini career courses, employer-led sector insight sessions and self-assessment exercises.
To participate, log in to CareerConnect and navigate to Pathways (from the CareerConnect dashboard click on the blue circle labelled "Pathways"). Watch this short video for help with accessing Pathways.

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. You can check out our Wakelet board for some suggestions, 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.