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Careers Information


Getting a really good job is becoming increasingly competitive. Selwyn has therefore created the post of Careers Tutor to help all student, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Graduation may seem a long way off now, particularly if you've just arrived, but it will come round sooner than you may want it to. Many jobs require some previous experience, and even where they do not it is a significant advantage and in some areas it is absolutely vital. You need to start thinking now about what you might want to do and what you might not want to do.

By far the simplest way of doing this is to engage with the Careers Service, by registering at the link below. The Careers Service offers a wide range of help, with downloadable booklets on writing CVs and Cover Letters and lists of sample questions.

We are supplementing this by inviting alumni to talk about their experiences in all areas of work, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out which areas of work might best suit you. To find out about the next careers event, follow this link: Selwyn Careers Events.

You can do it in seconds. You can even use the Careers Service after you have left Cambridge.

- Bill Clegg, Careers Tutor

1. First year

Start by registering

2. Middle years

  • It’s important to get some work or voluntary experience, to test out your ideas about what you might want to do & to give you some valuable non-academic content for your applications
  • Come to briefings and presentations for those sectors that are of interest:
  • Look out for work experience opportunities, e.g. by searching our Vacancies & Opportunities database: N.B. Select ‘Vacation opportunities’ on the second page, under ‘Vacancy Type’.
  • Try to network with people in different sectors to find out what a given job is really like ‘on the ground’.
  • Start to prepare ahead for recruitment deadlines in the final year.

3. Finalists

  • Finance, consultancy, and corporate law recruit early in Michaelmas Term, but there’s a lot more out there than just these sectors, and many deadlines will fall throughout the year.
  • Save vacancy searches in our ‘Vacancies & Opportunities’ database to find out about relevant job opportunities as they are posted.
  • Pick up a copy of CVs and Cover Letters from the Careers Service or view the e-book on the website.
  • Speak to a careers adviser:
  • Book a practice interview (only after the date of the real interview has been confirmed).

4. Masters students

A Masters course often takes place at full tilt, so the following suggestions can help to save time

  • Register with the Careers Service as soon as possible:
  • Sign up to receive CamCareers emails tailored to your current career interests – to make sure that you don’t miss out on news & events:
  • Save vacancy searches in ‘Vacancies & Opportunities’ to get emails about relevant job opportunities without the need to keep checking back.
  • Pick up a free copy of CVs and Cover Letters from the Careers Service or view the e-book on the website.

5. PhDs students

Roughly half of Cambridge PhD students stay on in academia for their first job after completing their doctorate, and half move on to other sectors – the Careers Service can help whatever your aspirations, whatever your subject.

6. Postdocs

Being on fixed-term contract means that career decisions are never far away for postdocs. The dedicated postdoc team at the Careers Service can help you whatever your aspirations, subject, background, or age.