FAQs for Careers and Employability services during Coronavirus (last reviewed: 19/10/2020)

Accessing our services
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.

I left a message on the Careers and Employability Service voicemail. When can I expect a response?

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 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 mini career courses, videos and self-assessment exercises on a variety of topics. Access the resources .
We also have a Wakelet board where you can read useful articles and find opportunities to develop your skills: https://wakelet.com/@AbdnUniCareers .

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 and someone will be in touch. Include your phone number if you are UK based and would like a call back.

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?

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 careers@abdn.ac.uk to arrange an appointment. For more information about appointment types, visit our website .

How can I get feedback on my CV or application?

We review CVs, covering letters, application forms and personal statements via our Virtual Adviser Service in CareerConnect. Find out more . Alternatively, if you would like 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.

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 will it run in the first semester?

The Aberdeen Employability Boost Award recognises 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.
The programme is running in October 2020. For more information visit the programme webpage.

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.

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.
We also have a Wakelet board that we update regularly with part time jobs. 

           
What kind of work can I do right now and how it can it help 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. Follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with opportunities and we also have a Wakelet board to display the current job opportunities.

           
Applications and interviews
My interview is going to be conducted online. What can I expect and how can I prepare?

A good place to start is this article on the Prospects website . Our mini career course on interviews also contains some useful tips on how to prepare for, and what to expect from, online interviews. We are also able to offer you access to Shortlist.Me, an online resource that will allow to practise taking a video interview. You can review your own performance and request feedback from a member of our team. Further resources on preparing for interviews is available here .

Other than the practical considerations, we would recommend you prepare in the same way as you would for a physical interview. If you have an interview scheduled we recommend that you book a practice interview with one of our Careers Advisers. Please send an email to careers@abdn.ac.uk providing a contact telephone number and we will call you back to arrange an appointment. If there are no practice interview appointments available you can book a 30 minute appointment for a mini practice via CareerConnect .