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Evaluate. Explore. Enact: Your career starts here

Evaluate, explore and enact now! 


Here at Royal Holloway, we've identified a framework and three stages for your employability journey; Evaluate. Explore. Enact.

Our resources are designed as a practical tool for you to engage with career planning in a really simple, direct fashion. This framework will help you even if you have no idea at all what jobs you would like to pursue; it will give you tools if you have some ideas of a career path already and would like to know more about your options; if you have clear and definite career plans, it will empower you to make strong and successful applications.

What stage are you at?

Discover what stage you are at in the employability journey.

Examine the three stages below, choose the one most suited to where you are now, and take one step to kick start your graduate career!

You can also complete our 'What stage are you at?' quiz on Moodle.


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What next?

Remember, these stages are not purely linear: you might arrive at university with a long-held plan of pursuing a particular job, but gradually discover that you think you aren’t really suited to that after all. 

Similarly, you might be in your final year at the ENACT stage and are applying for particular jobs and schemes, and find that you need more work experience, or more connections. You would then be wise to return to the EXPLORE stage, to build a more solid foundation going forward.

We want these stages to be helpful, useful, and easy to follow. At any point in your career journey, the college is here to help you. Make the most of your Careers & Employability Service by attending events, connecting with our employers in residence, coming to workshops, and much more.

Your guide to what's happening on campus over the next few weeks

Here are just some of the ways that you can evaluate, explore and enact your career options alongside your studies. To begin, choose any event or activity that appeals to you and return as your personal journey evolves and changes.Do one thing now to make you more employable

It’s your pathway – do it your way.

Depending on what stage you're at in the framework, there are also many examples specific to each stage which demonstrate how you can 'Evaluate', 'Explore' and 'Enact' today!

What's on?

Become a World Record Breaker!

Would you like to add 'World Record Breaker' to your CV?
On Friday 22 March, the Royal Holloway Volunteering team will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the 'Most Nationalities Collecting Litter' and are looking for representatives from at least 100 different nationalities to join them to litter pick at 1pm at the Boilerhouse.
Sign up ahead of the event here.

Work for the Careers & Employability Service

Calling all first year students! Are you looking to secure a part-time job for the next academic year?

The Careers & Employability Service is recruiting for an Events Assistant to join their team starting in September 2019, working 15 hours per week during term time. The role involves assisting with the organisation, marketing and delivery of Careers events, promoting job vacancies and dealing with employer and student enquiries. The application deadline is 26 May.
Find out more.

Apply for the Student Opportunities Fund

So far this academic year six student projects have benefited from the Student Opportunities Fund. If you – or a group of you – have a creative or innovative concept for a project, social enterprise or activity that requires funding to get you kick started, there's still time to apply for funding. Discover more.

Complete the Passport Award!

At this time of year, it's worth assessing how many Passport Points you've collected so far and what you can do to complete your Passport Award. Wouldn't it be great to complete, collect your certificate and be able to add the award to your CV and LinkedIn profile by the end of the academic year! You may even decide to go for gold and secure the Passport Gold Award.

The completion process of the award involves an online 'Completion Session' and requires you to consider what skills you learned while collecting points, so that you can then add these skills to your CV and are able to share these skills and how you learned them to employers when making applications and in interviews.

Perhaps you can do some online Passport Challenges, or add points from your involvement in different activities across the College and your part-time job.

Find out more.

Looking for a voluntary role for next academic year? Apply for student roles

You have the opportunity to apply to or get more information on various voluntary roles. Next academic year you could get involved with volunteering or become a Peer Guide. Paid and voluntary work can fit in alongside your studies and help you to develop new skills. The roles can also help you to explore ideas about your possible future career, and develop a network in those areas. Find out more about what student roles are available to you. 

Join a club or society

Through your involvement in campus life and your choice of co-curricular activities, you are learning new skills, many of which are transferable to the workplace! Discover more.

Student Opportunities Fund

Do you have an idea that could improve the student experience?
If you have a creative concept for a project, social enterprise or activity that requires funding, applications for the Student Opportunities Fund are now open.

Curious? You can find out more on our web page and contact the team  to confidentially discuss your idea and learn about the funding.

Volunteering Response Team

The Volunteering Response Team are a group of students who sign up to hear about last-minute volunteering opportunities over the course of the year, and get involved with a range of social action projects too. This can be anything from distributing leaflets for charity events to gardening, representing volunteering in the local community and much more! Every hour that you volunteer as a response team member will get you 2 Passport points as well, so it is great way of getting to gold! Sign up here or email the Volunteering team.

Take a Passport Challenge

Passport Challenges are activities which you can do online in your own time to earn Passport Points and increase your employability at the same time. Run by the Royal Holloway Careers & Employability Service and employers each challenge reflects real workplace skills.There are new challenges every month so keep your eye out for the latest challenges – whether you’re an aspiring banker or writer there's something for you!

Gain a sports and coaching qualification

In 2017/18, Royal Holloway Sport helped over 65 students gain coaching and officials qualifications and they have more funding available for students this year.

Find out more.

Plan ahead and book in to a Careers event

Every week, there are events on campus where students from across the College have the opportunity to discover more about their career options in different sectors, as well as the opportunity to upskill at skills workshops and meet alumni and employers on campus. Check out the Careers Service events calendar to find out more.

Upskill at a time and in a location that works for you with the Skills Gateway

Do you want to sharpen your academic writing, learn the techniques to crack a maths problem, learn a language or build up your CV with workplace skills?
The Skills Gateway will take you to the most useful workshops, courses, one-to-one support and self-study resources to lift your performance to the next level, and help you to build the experience and skills that employers value.
Explore now.  

Nature Conservation

Twice a month the Nature Conservation project goes into the local woodlands with the National Trust to cut down invasive trees. If you want to find out more about the environment, or have any interest in a career in conservation, this is a great chance to get involved. It is also a fantastic way of seeing how national charities work in small communities around the country.  Have a look at the project’s Facebook group for more details. 

Get career ready on the Careers Moodle pages

The Careers & Employability Service's Moodle resources offer you lots of opportunity to develop, research and prepare to get hired.

Take your next step now on Moodle.

Book a one-to-one appointment with a Careers Consultants or get a CV/application check

Whatever stage you're at in the framework, it helps to investigate your ideas and get advice on your next step with a Careers Consultant. You can also book CV/Application Check appointments.

Register to use the Careers Portal, go to the appointments tab and book your time slot here

Skype and phone appointments are also available. If you have any queries, contact the Careers team.

Get involved

From fresher to finalist, we know that your journey to deciding what to do after graduation is unique to you. We want to support you throughout the process. Depending on your studies and interests, there are lots of activities to help you plan what you want to do in your future career.

Coaching and sports volunteering

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Part-time jobs

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Skills Gateway

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Volunteering Opportunities

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Students' Union

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Passport Award

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Careers Consultant Appointments

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Careers Moodle Pages

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Careers & Employability Service

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Sector-focused careers weeks

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Meet visiting employers

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Job Online

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