FAQs for Careers and Employability services during Coronavirus (last reviewed: 29/06/2020)
- 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.
- Are the Employability Boost Programme resources still available?
Yes, you can still access the career mini courses, tiny bite videos, wakelets and self-assessment exercises. Undertaking any of these activities will boost your employability and enhance your CV.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
Please book a ‘quick query’ appointment via CareerConnect and ensure you have given us your telephone number. We will call you at your appointment time to answer your question.
If you are a prospective student or a student or graduate of another university, please email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
For more information about appointment types, visit our website.
- Can I still get feedback on my CV or application during this time?
Yes, we still review CVs, covering letters, application forms and personal statements. You can submit these via our Virtual Adviser Service in CareerConnect (see “Resources” tab). Alternatively, if you would like to speak to the Careers Adviser for your subject area, you can 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 a question about a co-curricular programme, how do I get in touch?
You can find information on and contact details for all our co-curricular programmes on our website.
- I want to speak to a particular Careers Adviser. How do I make contact?
If you have a question for an Adviser that does not warrant a 30-minute appointment, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, giving us your telephone number, and we will endeavour to get back to you within one working day.
- I left a message on the Careers Service voicemail. When can I expect an answer?
We are monitoring the voicemail service during our opening hours (9am-4.30pm) and will endeavour to phone you back within one working day.
- Does the Careers and Employability Service have resources I can still 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 resources that we created for the Employability Boost Programme that ran during May 2020. There are career mini courses, videos and self-assessment exercises on a variety of topics. Access the resources.
We also have a Wakelet profile where you can view current part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities available, as well as read useful articles for the situation and find opportunities to develop your skills online: https://wakelet.com/@AbdnUniCareers
- I have an appointment to review my CV/application. Would it be helpful to send this in advance?
You do not need to send your CV/application in advance, however, it is helpful to have this ready on your computer. Our online system (Collaborate) allows the sharing of documents, so you can upload your document during the appointment and the Adviser can review this with you.
- I have an online appointment. What platform will this be on? 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 email@example.com.
- What should I expect from my online appointment?
You will be sent a link to Collaborate, the platform we use which is part of Blackboard. After logging in you will be asked to check that your microphone and camera are working, please ensure that they are so that the adviser can see and talk to you. From there the appointment will run just like a face-to-face one.
- 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 you are considering we are happy to discuss this with you by phone, or via email. You can request an online appointment with the specialist Careers Advisor for your subject, or email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be in touch. Include your phone number if you are UK based and would like a call back.
- What kind of work can I do right now and how can it help in my career development?
During this unprecedented time there may be temporary job opportunities that you can apply for. 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.
Since this is a very fast moving situation, please ensure you follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with opportunities and we also have a Wakelet board to display the current job opportunities that are arising as a result of the current situation.
- My interview is now going to be conducted online, what can I expect and how can I prepare for this?
Here is a good article to start you off in preparing in a practical way for an online face-to-face interview - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/interview-tips/video-interview-tips
Other than the practical considerations, we would recommend you prepare in the same way, using our resources (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/careers/cv-applications-interviews/interviews.php) and we would strongly recommend a practice interview if you have time. You can book a 30 minute appointment for a mini practice via CareerConnect and this can be conducted online or by telephone.
- What can I do from home to develop my skills?
There are a wide range of online courses available that will develop key skills for free. There are so many courses out there, and on such a range of topics, that you will never find yourself wondering what to do in an afternoon again!
Check out our Wakelet board for some suggestions.
- What time zone are appointment and event 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).