Careers Aspiration Strategy


At Royal Holloway we seek to improve how we equip our students to succeed in a competitive global workplace. Our Careers Aspiration Strategy framework is designed to improve the integration of the wide range of employability activities already on offer across the College and so improve the student experience.

The new student-facing framework, called ‘Your career starts here: Evaluate. Explore. Enact’, will enable students to access all of this support, online and through the personal tutor network, in a way that’s clearer and easier to navigate. Our aspiration is that the framework will help our students understand the different steps they need to take, from first year, to strengthen their employability post-graduation.

The framework will also help us to measure our students’ participation in the opportunities that we provide and outcomes, which is an essential part of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).


How did we get here?

Find out more about the background to the strategy.

Supporting our students’ employability: Personal Tutors training

Over the last few years, we have worked hard to deliver an outstanding student experience, where students feel supported as individuals and grow to their highest potential. A key component of this support is our Personal Tutor network.

From the beginning of spring term 2019, I this framework will also be shared through the Personal Tutor network. Starting from January, Personal Tutors will have a careers support discussion with their tutees. Having an employability conversation around the Careers Aspiration Strategy: E3 framework will be invaluable to students.

To support Personal Tutors to deliver this, the Careers & Employability Service team have created new online resources which focus on the ‘Evaluate. Explore. Enact’ three-stage framework. The team have worked with your departmental Careers Liaison Officer to understand the employability guidance you currently provide, so these new resources – in the form of videos and hand sheets – have been designed to ‘dovetail’ with existing careers-related Personal Tutor activities in your department. If you have questions about using the resources or our new framework, please contact the Acting Head of the Careers & Employability Service, Simon Mantell.

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Careers & Employability Service team

The Careers & Employability Service team supports students to prepare for their graduate futures and the competitive global market and works with colleagues across the College to help with their careers related activities.

Discover more about the team's activities and learn how they work with colleagues in all teams and departments.

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Get involved 

Our student-facing web page 'Your career starts here' sign posts students to the many areas where they have the opportunity to evaluate, explore and enact their career options alongside their studies and has a 'What's on?' section to share upcoming activities.

These activities will also be advertised in the Careers & Employability Service's bi-monthly newsletter and Facebook and Twitter channels.

Whether you are organising an event with an employability focus that could be opened up to students outside of your cohort, are recruiting students for part-time or casual work or have suggestions for activities that tie into the strategy, your input is very welcome.

If you have any questions on the new framework, have feedback you would like to share or want to get promote an employability-related activity with students, please email the Careers & Employability team

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