Employer engagement opportunities

Attracting the Brightest Talent

Our 2018–19 Attracting the Brightest Talent employer brochure highlights the many opportunities the Careers & Employability Service provide to bring industry professionals onto our campus, who are looking to recruit the best in their industry.

From networking evenings and career fairs to employer mentoring and competitions, the University of Plymouth offer many opportunities in which employers from a wide range of sectors can engage with our students and graduates.

An electronic version of the brochure can be viewed above, however, if you would like a printed copy please get in touch and we would be happy to send this via post. 

Spring Placement & Graduate Careers Fair 2019

We are pleased to announce that on 26 March 2019 we will be holding our first Spring Placement & Graduate Careers Fair. This is a perfect opportunity for organisations who:

  • still have placement or graduate opportunities starting Summer or Autumn 2019
  • have summer internship/work experience opportunities for Summer 2019
  • would like to raise awareness of opportunities starting in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Download our Useful Information Guide and book your space here.

Summer job fairs

Each year, in partnership with Student Jobs, we hold recruitment events for students looking for part-time work whilst they study. In March, we bring a host of voluntary, local and national employers onto campus for our Summer Opportunities Fair. Having a student working part-time within your organisation can bring new ideas, enthusiasm and a fresh approach to your business needs. 

Summer opportunities fair | Wednesday 20 March 2019 | 11:00–15:00 | Bookings now open

See page 11 in our employer brochure for more information. 

Register and manage your own vacancies on our jobs board

You can promote your vacancies free of charge to all University of Plymouth students and graduates through Student Jobs.

The types of vacancies you are able to advertise through this service include graduate jobs and schemes, casual or part-time roles, and short-term summer internships/placements.

As well as advertising your vacancy on our jobs board, we also promote on our social media and directly to students. We can offer interview space on campus and assistance with shortlisting candidates.

Placement and Graduate Career Fairs

Our placement and graduate career fairs are a superb way of meeting our students from a range of courses, raising your organisation's profile on the University campus and promoting your opportunities. Each year we see approximately 1,000–1,500 students attend, seeking placement and graduate opportunities.

More information on our Placement and Graduate Career Fairs can be found in our useful information guide or pages 10 and 11 of our employer brochure.

Student competitions

Our prestigious business development competition, FLUX, is a great way to meet dynamic and motivated students and offers you an exciting way to coach our students and identify potential candidates. We are always looking for employers to take part in this competition as either judges or as a sponsor providing the business challenge.

Page 12 of our employer brochure details the format of each competition, the dates they are running and the benefits of being involved.

Professional Mentoring Programme

Since 2007 the Professional Mentoring Programme has worked with students from a widening participation background to raise awareness, aspirations and achievement, supporting the successful progression to higher education of groups that are otherwise under-represented.

We're always looking for enthusiastic mentors who'd like to take part in this mutually beneficial programme with offers a rewarding continuing professional development (CPD) opportunity. We accept applicants from any job position in any industry and previous mentoring experience is not necessary. More information on the timescales, commitments and benefits of the mentoring programme is detailed on page 8 of our employer brochure or you can visit our Professional Mentoring webpage.

Employer presentations and drop-ins

Whether you're looking to raise your company's profile and awareness of its opportunities or you are recruiting for a particular role, presentations and drop-ins are a great way of providing you with direct access to a targeted cohort of students.

The prime time for presenting is:

  • Semester 2: Monday, February 4 – Friday, April 5, 2019

See page six of our employer brochure for further information. 

Employer mock interviews

We regularly run a series of employer-led mock interviews for our students to develop key skills, receive valuable feedback from directly from employers and gain top tips for how to stand out from the crowd. We have found mock interviews to be a very popular activity for our students and they are a great way for you to meet students interested in your sector and raise awareness of your organisation. 

If you would like to run competency-based sessions open to students from across the University or industry-specific sessions targeted to certain courses then please see page 14 of our employer brochure for more information.

Book an employer mock interview session

Work Placements and Santander Internships

We have a dedicated team of placement and employer liaison advisers, providing you access to our students' current knowledge and enthusiasm and giving you a fresh perspective on the talent available. 

Information on what a placement is, the benefits of taking a student and details on how to advertise your vacancies and recruit our students are found on page 19 of our employer brochure. 

We also work closely with Santander Universities UK to offer graduate internship bursaries, which can be a cost effective way of getting talented graduates into your business. Find out more here.

Use our interview space

We understand that interviewing potential graduates is not always possible at your place of work. That's why we offer you the opportunity to interview students on campus. Interview rooms can be arranged for you as well as the provision of a reception service for students and graduates.

For more details, see page 21 of our employer brochure.

*Please note that our booking forms are managed through SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey is a third-party data capture tool which is not owned or managed by the University of Plymouth. Information about how your data is treated can be found on SurveyMonkey’s Privacy Policy webpage. If you wish to attend this event but do not wish to use SurveyMonkey to book your place, please contact employers.careers@plymouth.ac.uk.

Meet the campus-wide Careers & Employability team