Get ready for your future- it's never too early to start thinking about what you might do next. No matter what year of study you are in we have Careers Consultants and plenty of resources to help you, as well as opportunities all year round to boost your CV.
Careers and placements
Careers can support you in person and online to ensure you explore your options, grow your experience and develop skills to enable you to compete for success in the graduate labour market, or whatever path you chose after graduation. Find out more about how careers can support you in our RISE UP leaflet.We also organise an extensive programme of career development workshops and on campus recruitment events providing something for everyone:
- Make MyJobsOnline your first stop for jobs, events and advice appointments
- Gain an insight into potential career areas and Industries by starting your careers research
- Top tips on getting into various jobs, usually from the recruiters themselves
- Access to practice psychometric tests and exercises typically found at graduate assessment centres
- An understanding of the Skills and competencies employers look for in the recruitment process
- The ability to sell yourself successfully online and in person
- How to make your job applications stand out and secure you an interview
- Careers fairs for both corporate and not-for-profit career paths
Considering a placement as part of your course?
Gain experience specific to your subject or industry of choice as well as the employability skills required for real-life work with Reading’s Professional Placement Year.
You can also visit our Graduate School website to find out about opportunities for postgraduate research at Reading.
The RED Award
The Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award is the official University of Reading Employability Skills Certificate. It is here to help Reading students make the most of the extra-curricular activities and experiences on offer outside of the academic programme.
The certificate is awarded alongside your degree and will support you to gain experience and stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market. The RED Award started in 2010/11 and there have been over 4500 students registering for the Award so far.
You might consider taking a part-time job whilst at Reading to help assist you in covering any additional living costs. Jobs on the university campus are great as they make it easy to work alongside your studies, so take a look at Campus Jobs to find yourself a great part-time job to add to your skill set and increase your employability whilst earning money at the same time. Register your preferences with MyJobsOnline and receive email alerts of the latest part-time roles as they arrive. Help writing a CV can be found on our webpages. Please note that you are only allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week. We're also running CareersFest at the start of term and host a range of events throughout the term which will help you to meet future employers or secure work.
International students: Please note that your visa may carry extra restrictions over the number of hours you can work.