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2:23pm 1 Mar 2021

As a BCU Graduate, you can continue to access careers support for at least three years after you graduate and engage in a range of other graduate employment and training initiatives. 

First of all, please sign up for a graduate account using this guide to help you to be able to submit a query, book onto weekly graduate events or make an appointment with one of the Careers+ team. a BCU Graduate, you can continue to access careers support for up to three years after you graduate and engage in a range of other graduate employment and training initiatives. 

We also recommend that you set up a professional LinkedIn profile to promote your skills and experience, increasing your graduate employer networks and industry knowledge as a BCU graduate. 

How can BCU Careers+ support me? 

Looking for support to find graduate employment?

If you want to find out about the top UK300 graduate employers (voted for by graduates) 2020 go to the Target Jobs site

If you are interested in careers and employment online resources or searching for graduate jobs and Volunteering, take a look at our employment and opportunities pages. 

if you are ready to search and apply for graduate roles, use our online jobs and volunteering portal (you will need to quickly register first).  

If you want to meet a graduate employer who is looking to recruit recent graduates or increase your knowledge of the graduate recruitment processes, book into some of our free weekly graduate events.

If you have a business idea and would like to look at setting up your own company, check out our funding for budding entrepreneurs on our Enterprise & Entrepreneur pages and the e-learning pages. 

If you would like to increase your graduate level experience or your professional networks, check out our Volunteering and Professional Mentoring options to increase your chances of getting to interview stage. 

Graduate Tools to help you get on with your career plans 'On demand'...

If you would like recommended self-directed activities to complete to support you into graduate level employment, take a look at our Graduate Pathway option. This is found on your home screen (pathways circle) once you have registered for a graduate account.

If you want to get immediate feedback on your CV and elevate it to a good professional standard, we recommend using CV360

If you want to practice a digital graduate interview in the comfort of your own home, we recommending using Interview 360. 

Looking for free graduate training and professional development?

If you are interested in free training and course certification in a wide range of digital, technical, engineering and mathematical courses and live in the Greater Birmingham, Solihull or Wyre Forest areas, find out more about our STEM UP training courses.

If you want to access shorter/flexible courses as a BCU graduate, we recommend registering with LinkedIn Learning account:

  • New users will need to be on the BCU Single Sign On (SSO) to access the free BCU license. The license is available for up to 18 months after BCU course completion.
  • New users (first time login) need to set up their LinkedIn Learning account, and asked if you have a LinkedIn (networking) account – if so they can connect them, if not you will use LinkedIn Learning standalone
  • Connect the two accounts (you will need to be logged into LinkedIn AND the SSO) 
  • We have put together a library of useful LinkedIn Learning videos to suppport you with graduate recruitment processes. 

If you started your bronze, silver or gold Graduate+ award as a student and would like to complete them, as a recent graduate, we can support you to make the most of all the employer led skills activities and workshops we run over the year. Visit Graduate+ to find out more. 

Get in touch...

We can provide support online by email (e-guidance), by video call on MS Teams, by telephone from the Home Page.  

If you have a quick careers and employment question, we recommend you submit a query. 

If you are uncertain about your future career plans, we recommend you make an appointment  with your faculty linked Careers Consultant. 

Discussions in careers appointments can include: 

  • Exploring career ideas and checking out all your options 
  • Making decisions and plans about your future career 
  • Looking at further study options and post-graduate study 
  • How to gain confidence in your skills and abilities 
  • Preparing for interviews 
  • Graduate Schemes and the graduate recruitment process 
  • Understanding the changing employment market and growth areas due to Covid-19. 

If you are a recent graduate from summer 2020 or a final year student from Semester 2, 2021 looking for employment support, please submit a query and we will ensure you are put in touch with the correct Advisor.

 Discussions in employment appointments can include: 

  • Helping you with your CV and job applications or providing you with feedback
  • Self-Employment, freelancing, contracting and temporary employment
  • Highlighting growth sectors and the hidden job market
  • Applying for graduate schemes and support through the graduate recruitment process
  • Planning your job search strategy and effective professional networking

Claiming unemployment benefit from a Greater Birmimgham or Solihull job centre? 

If you are a graduate who is registered with a Birmingham based Job Centre, you can access 1-2-1 support through our Graduate Retune Programme. Email: retune@bcu.ac.uk for more information. 

Find out more about finding graduate opportunities in a pandemic from one of our Graduate Employability Advisors.

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