COVID-19 - Careers Updates

We know that right now, the world feels uncertain. We want to reassure you that we are still here to support you with your career planning, no matter what comes next.

We're still offering careers advice appointments via Skype or over the phone. Book your appointment through MyCareers or email studentservices@le.ac.uk.

All of our workshops are now online, meaning you can access them at anytime, from anywhere.

We're also currently checking with employers about their recruitment plans and will keep you up to date through this page with what we find out.

You'll also be hearing from us regularly via email, so keep an eye out for the latest updates.

Answers to some common questions are below.

How can I contact the careers service?

Whether you've got a question, or need some specific advice outside of a careers appointment, you can submit your query to us through MyCareersWe aim to respond to all queries within one working day.

The service will be closed for Easter from Thursday 9 April until Wednesday 15 April, so if you contact us during this period, we'll get back to you as soon as we can once we return.

How can I access careers advice and support?

Our appointments are still running – these are now being delivered virtually by Skype or over the phone. Book  through MyCareers or email studentservices@le.ac.uk. You can find out more about the the range of appointments we offer here.

All of our workshops are now available online - we have a huge range of resources online for you to access whenever you need them. Whether you want to brush up your CV or practice your interview skills, now is a great time to make the most of our virtual workshops and resources. You can explore the different options available here.

I’m worried about finding a job after my studies - what support is available to me?

Businesses across the country having to transition to completely new ways of working.

We're working with employers to explore plans around recruitment, and we'll do our best to keep you updated on the information we receive as the situation develops.

There are some employers who are still recruiting for graduate roles - visit MyCareers for current vacancies and opportunities. Gradcracker are also publishing updates on companies who are still recruiting. This article by Prospects Luminate discusses the potential impacts of COVID-19 on graduate recruitment.

In the meantime, use this time to get prepared - we've got a range of online resources that can help. You can also book an appointment to chat to one of our advisors.

We also have a life-long commitment to our graduates, so you'll still be able to use our services, including access to appointments, after your course has finished.

My job is due to start in the summer after my exams but I am concerned about the economy and whether the country will still be in lock down. What are my employment rights if my contract cannot start?

Employers are carrying out contingency planning, and for many it is not yet clear what the impact will be for employment offers. We're working hard to get insight into the situation and as soon as we have more information we will pass this on to you.

In the meantime, you could contact the employer via email, but please be patient and allow a longer time for replies – this is an unprecedented situation and many companies are having to adapt to completely new ways of working, so they might not be able to get back to you immediately.

I’ve got an interview/assessment centre coming up – how will this be affected?

Many employers are exploring how they can adapt their existing recruitment processes to take place virtually – developing new ways of working can take time, so there may be delays.

Some recruiters are adapting to the current situation by moving their assessments online. These could include video interviews, psychometric testing, virtual group exercises or virtual presentations, and we have a range of resources available to support you with these.

How can I practice for an upcoming virtual assessment?

You can practice for an upcoming video interview by using Launchpad – a platform also used by graduate recruiters. After recording your interview answers, you can get some further support and feedback in a Video Interview Review appointment.

Graduates First has plenty of practice psychometric tests available and will also give you a report on how to improve your speed and accuracy. There are more practice sites listed on our webpages here.

You can practice delivering a presentation and get feedback on your delivery in a Mock Presentation appointment.

If you want to discuss a particular type of assessment and get some advice on how to succeed, book a Career Coaching appointment with one of our advisors.

What about part-time work?

A: Keep an eye on MyCareers for vacancies. Many major supermarkets and delivery businesses are hiring to cope with the increased demand for their services. There may be volunteering opportunities you can undertake remotely (e.g. social media roles) to add experience to your CV. If you are in need of emergency financial support during these times, please contact welfare@le.ac.uk.

Where can I find University of Leicester daily updates and advice?

The University's advice for current students, prospective students and staff is updated daily. View the latest information here. If you are in need of emergency financial support during these times, please contact welfare@le.ac.uk.

Latest job sector news and resources:

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