Graduate Outcomes is the biggest UK annual social survey and captures the perspectives and current status of recent graduates.
To make sure you receive the survey, we’d be really grateful if you could review and update the personal contact details we hold for you. This is particularly important where the details we hold may be out of date e.g. where you’ve moved, no longer access emails or have changed mobile/landline numbers.
Be Part of the Picture
You’ll receive an email invitation from Graduate Outcomes approx. 15 months after you completed your course with us. You might also receive text messages or a call from ‘GradOutcome’
Help Build the Future
Your survey responses will help to build and shape the university experience for future students in years to come. It also means we can keep up to date with your success stories or offer graduate support if you want it.
Access Careers Support After You Graduate
Leaving university doesn’t mean leaving behind our Careers & Employability support.
Firstly, Congratulations! We aren’t able to congratulate you in person at Graduation just yet, but we at Hope still celebrate your achievements and wish you the very best for your future!
Your relationship with Hope does not end once you’ve got your well-earned degree. All graduates automatically become members of the Hope Alumni Association, which keeps you connected with the Hope community. We’ll send regular email bulletins advertising workshops, job opportunities, conferences and events. And we’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you’re doing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can we help you?
You have full access to the Careers & Employability Team for three years after you graduate, including the use of My Careers Centre (MCC) with its jobs board exclusive to Hope students and alumni. You will also find CV writing and interview tips, webinars and guest lectures. If you haven’t yet set up access to MCC, click reset password, then enter your University email address. You can also book a virtual appointment with one of our careers advisers, you’ll find the link on MCC.
Can you help us?
Our alumni are our greatest ambassadors and by sharing your skills and expertise you can make a real difference to the experiences and employability of our students and recent graduates. By volunteering to mentor a current student, write a career case study or deliver a careers talk to students you will be sharing your experience and advice to inspire others and helping them reach their full potential whilst developing your own personal and professional skills. If you would be interested in becoming involved and supporting students please contact email@example.com.
Useful links for graduates
Network with fellow alumni
The Liverpool Hope University Alumni LinkedIn group is a growing network of former students. Join today and take advantage of the hundreds of members who may be able to give great advice from personal experience: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3686858/
Alumni can apply for a special membership of the Sheppard-Worlock Library for a yearly fee: https://www.hope.ac.uk/library/accessforexternalusers/alumni/
Certificates and transcripts
If you need an additional or replacement copy of your certificate or transcript, or require one to be sent directly to an employer you can request this from the Student Administration team. Find out how here: https://www.hope.ac.uk/gateway/students/studentadministration/certificatestranscripts/paststudents/
Wishing you the best of luck in whatever you do!
The Alumni Office
Applying for a job can be a time-consuming process. From the initial search to writing your CV, creating a carefully worded cover letter, and preparing for an interview, job-hunting can feel like a full-time job in its own right.
But with the proper planning in place, there are a few ways that you can make the job hunt far more efficient.
In an ideal scenario, you will seamlessly search online and quickly find those dream jobs that match your skills and experience.
Let’s find out how.
You may find that creating an action plan is a good way of organising your time.
Set aside a specific time each day (perhaps just an hour) where you can browse the job boards and make a note of the jobs that interest you.
You could schedule a particular time in your diary to ensure that you stay on track or set yourself SMART objectives such as applying for three jobs within a specific time frame.
You could allocate specific days for individual tasks (for example, Mondays for job searches, Wednesdays for writing cover letters, Fridays for chasing up applications, etc.).
We all know that we need to tailor our cover letters/CVs to each application, but that doesn’t mean you have to start it from scratch each time.
Try to create a master template of your CV or cover letter that you can amend and adapt for each subsequent job application.
Make sure you pay close attention to the advertised job description and ensure that your final CV or cover letter highlights the attributes required by the employer.
Many job titles are ambiguous and may bear no resemblance to the job you expect to do.
To speed up your job search, make a list of different ways to describe those jobs.
For example, someone working in marketing or PR could search for roles that embody social media, media relations, lobbying, marketing, content creation, community relations, spokesperson, crisis management, reputation management or public affairs.
If you know what role your experience relates to, you can search for those terms only, which will naturally filter out the results of the jobs you are over/underqualified for.
You can also choose to search for jobs based on specific qualifications/certifications that ensure you are making a good match.
Another helpful tip is to make sure you are searching online in the right places.
For example, most employers will use job boards to publicise any jobs that they are recruiting for.
Some job boards are devoted to specific industries, while others are more generic. So, pay close attention and do your due diligence.
For example, if you’re looking for a graduate/entry-level job, you should focus on job boards that specialise in these roles, rather than wasting time on sites such as LinkedIn, which may focus on more senior recruitment.
We know that personal connections can be hugely important when it comes to a job search. If you have made professional connections with peers from your industry, why not contact them and ask them if they know of any available positions?
Many firms offer internal incentives to aid with recruitment, so you may find a job that isn’t yet advertised.
Similarly, try to attend some professional networking events. These can help you make new contacts, but conferences and workshops can also help you upskill yourself and make you more employable.
To ensure that there is no duplication of job applications, you should track your progress.
First, make a list of jobs that you have applied for – not only can this prevent you from accidentally applying for the same job twice, but it can help you to learn what is or isn’t working.
Next, please make a note of whether you have had to fill in an application form, whether it’s a CV/cover letter application, or whether you’ve been invited to an interview.
You may start to notice a pattern – perhaps you’re great at writing cover letters but struggle with application forms.
If so, you can then make better use of your time to improve your weaknesses.
Sometimes the most straightforward advice is the best.
To avoid wasting your time (and that of the potential employer), only apply for the jobs you really want.
This way, you can focus your attention on making the application as strong as possible, rather than using a scattergun approach.
If you put all of your efforts into your application, you will be far more likely to succeed and achieve an interview.
To make the most of your time searching for a job, focus on finding the right roles that fit your interests and skills.
These practical tips will help you streamline your job search, and it’s clear that spending more time on fewer applications is more likely to yield far better results.
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Looking to add to your CV this summer? Why not complete a virtual experience?
What is virtual experience?
Virtual experiences usually offer you an insight into a business or sector. You’ll complete the entire programme in your own time, accessing everything remotely. You’ll find a range of opportunities being advertised – some will take a couple of days while others can be completed in 5-6 hours. It’s a great way to learn more about a role and an organisation whilst adding to your CV.
What kind of roles can I explore?
With opportunities advertised in banking and finance, marketing, business, law, public sector, policy and charities there’s probably a virtual experience to suit you whatever your career interests or aspirations. If you’re not sure of your preferred career direction there’s nothing to stop you exploring a range of options by undertaking more than one virtual experience.
Is it a competitive process?
The advantage of a virtual experience is that there’s often unlimited capacity so in most cases the experiences are open to all.
Does that diminish the value of the experience?
No, while they’re open to all not everyone will undertake one so you’ll still stand out by signing up and participating. Some employers will also assess your progress or success on the virtual experience and may use it within their recruitment processes.
Where can I find opportunities?
The Bright Network Liverpool Hope University has partnered with The Bright Network to bring you a range of virtual experiences this summer. Each experience is a three day immersive programme with industry projects set by employers and a certificate of completion. Find out more and sign up here
Forage offers opportunities from big name firms from around the globe. Each experience is 5/6 hours in duration and you’ll earn a certificate upon completion. View all their opportunities here
If you still have questions about virtual experience why not speak to a member of our team? You can book an appointment via the ‘book a careers appointment’ tab on My Careers Centre
“It’s not what you know but who you know.”
We’ve all heard that phrase before attributed to being the key factor in getting ahead in all walks of life, and whilst this cliché is not strictly true, making more connections with peers and contacts in your chosen industry will help you to advance your career, increase your knowledge and your exposure and make you feel more part of a community than an individual.
This blog outlines key tips and hints to building your network. Firstly, we’ll look at why it’s beneficial to network.
Now that we’ve gone over why it’s valuable to network. Here’s a few tips on how to. I’ll split this into ‘real world’ and online sections.
Now that you have a greater understanding of why networking is vital and how to do it what’s stopping you? Whether it’s online or at an event make the most of the opportunity to connect, interact and engage with new clients, businesses and academic peers to advance your career prospects.
What do I mean when I say ‘Back to basics? Well, I have a few points which could help brighten up your CV to make that work experience dream a reality.
For help and advice please contact the Careers and Employability team – firstname.lastname@example.org
For help and advice please contact the Careers and Employability team – email@example.com