Careers Blog

UWE annual DLHE (Destinations of Graduates in Higher Education) Survey

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Every year we contact new graduates to find out what they are doing (working, studying, travelling etc) as part of a national destinations survey. The information is very useful to UWE staff and prospective and current students as it builds a picture of what graduates are doing including any changes in the graduate job market.  The survey is managed by the staff here in UWE Careers and we also use the survey to identify graduates who need ongoing careers support.

Last year there were 4 per cent fewer UWE graduates unemployed against an increase in graduate unemployment in the UK as a whole, according to the destination survey figures released this year by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. See our previous blog post 'Rise in UWE Graduate Employment' for more information.

We will be contacting UWE leavers in December and January. To ensure that the survey results are really useful, we need to get a high level of responses. If you are a recent graduate we would really appreciate your help.

Meet the Employers Fair 2010

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The Meet the Employers Fair returns after great success last year on Thursday 14th October. We are thrilled to announce that there are 118 exhibitors attending the fair so far exceeding the 99 exhibitors that attended last year. This is brilliant news and means even more choice and diversity for students and graduates attending the event.

Exhibitors include Deloitte, ACCA, IBM, KPMG, MIDAS group Ltd, Majestic Wine, Future Publishing,, Explore Learning, NHS Somerset, Mubaloo, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Teach First and many more. This year we will be having specialised zones focusing on areas such as small businesses, creative industries and volunteering. Click here for a full list of exhibitors.

If you are a student wanting advice on what to do at a Careers Fair see the advice on our website or pop in and see us in E-Zone (2D11 Frenchay Campus).

If you are an employer wanting to attend the event apply soon as there are now few spaces left.

See you at the fair!


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Technology Lunch: Social Media

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Student Services have been running 'technology lunches' for staff. These have taken on several topics including using sharepoint and multimedia. The most recent one was on 'Social Media.' I took this chance to show others what we have been doing in Careers and how it has been going so far...

We looked at...

  • What types of social media we are using including You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogs
  • What are these tools doing for us at the moment
  • Policies/work load
  • Evaluating success
  • Future developments

If you would like to find out more about what we do or talk to us further about our experiences of using social media as a communications tool please contact me at

Any of the links used today can be found through Tom's delicious page!

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Rise in UWE Graduate Employment

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UWE’s rise in graduate employment came as good news to our Careers service in what is an extremely difficult time in the graduate employment market.
Careers have been doing numerous things within the service that contribute towards these improvements against the national trend.

We have been more proactive in our work with students and employers in relation to graduate job vacancies, placements and work experience, and targeted areas of weaker performance with more support from careers advisers in working with academics and students directly to boost students confidence and increase their skills.

Increased internal partnerships with faculty staff and other service staff (particularly business relations) have allowed us to raise awareness and reach more staff and students. External partnerships with other careers services, employers and other organisations like Job Centre plus have also improved allowing us to diversify and draw in recruiters.

Developments in our IT products and communications have helped us reach more students and graduates more effectively. Being able to offer a whole range of services and learning is really important, so too is being able to engage with our clients. We are always seeking out increasingly sophisticated ways to communicate with our clients through various communication channels including social media like Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, newsletters, events and the media.

We are really pleased to see all the hard work happening in our Careers service and other areas of the University paying off and hope for more positive results next year.

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Things are brighter than you think...

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Many of you completing your studies this summer may be worried about your career prospects and the options you have. If you are looking for jobs the message we want to give out is that things are brighter than you think.

We know that it can be challenging to establish yourself straight after finishing your studies which is why the UWE Careers team are here to help you. We offer a range of services and opportunities including…

  • Paid Graduate Internships
    Help finding appropriate vacancies
    Support for 3 years after you Graduate
    Help with CVs, covering letters, application forms and interview technique
    Careers Consultants to coach you through your career relate issues
    Don’t forget our extensive online resources

We are open throughout the summer for help…drop in if you are still in Bristol, use our online enquiry system or book a telephone appointment.

Good news

Gradsouthwest is where UWE advertise all their graduate vacancies. Between the 1st November 2009 and the 30th April 2010, the number of South West business vacancies advertised (1,723) increase by 65% compared to last year.

2010 UWE finalists can now apply for our Graduate Internship Scheme. The results have been extremely positive so far…read what our Graduates had to say:

“it has helped me so much in the current climate and I have learnt so much and feel more confident in my abilities. It has meant that I have been able to gain valuable experience in the job I want to do, which without the funding I doubt I would have been able to get”

“I've finally got a job related to my degree thanks to the internship programme! Good work!”

“Overall the internship has really stretched me and I now feel confident in using new programmes which will hold me in good stead as I move forward in my career. However, first off I have been offered a three month extension to the internship and look forward to continuing my work”

Want to apply or find out more? Click here