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Employability support, work placements and graduate roles

Accessing Employability Support

Who are the Employability team, and how can they help me?

Your Employability Team are here to support you with advice on how to boost your prospects, provide practical skills support and to let you know about the hundreds of work experience and placement opportunities available to you, even in these uncertain times.

Can I continue to get employability support off-campus?

Yes – the Employability team are still here to help you! Our opening hours are 9 am – 5 pm (extending to 7 pm from April 15), running from Monday to Friday. You can reach us via our Live Chat service, which can be accessed through Employability Online.

There's also dedicated resources, information and advice for international students.

You can also email us for help and support. For placement-related queries, just email your placement inbox – see our placement advice page for further details.

We’re also still happy to check your CVs, covering letters and applications. Get in touch to arrange an appointment – and don’t forget to send over whatever needs checking ahead of time.

Where would I look for online activities and e-learning to help me develop my applications and employability?

We’ve selected a few of our key e-learning opportunities that you can complete to make the most of this unusual situation.


Looking for placements and work experience

  • I’d found a placement position but now I’ve been told that it’s on hold / cancelled – what should I do?

    If you are worried at all about your placement opportunity, get in touch via Live Chat, or email your placement inbox so we can discuss your concerns. Remember to also regularly keep in touch with your placement provider to ensure you know the latest about your placement.

  • Should I still be looking for a placement?

    It’s an unusual time, with obvious consequences for local and national businesses. We’re still encouraging you to apply for placements, however. You might need to be a little more flexible in terms of what you apply for – and whilst you may not secure your ideal placement, the industry experience you’ll get remains invaluable. Read more placements recruitment advice.

    If you’re unsure about a particular opportunity, get in touch via Live Chat, or email your placement inbox so we can discuss your concerns.

  • Are employers still looking for placement students?

    Some employers are still looking for placement students - remember to check our placement page for our current placement advice.

    We’re staying in close contact with our placement providers and assessing their needs for placement students this year. As opportunities are confirmed we’ll enter these on to InPlace – our online hub.

    Remember to check placement job sites such as ratemyplacement regularly, as they’ll also be uploading opportunities for you to apply to.

  • What about part-time jobs or other work experience?

    We’re keeping in touch with employers, and there are still a variety of part-time, paid and voluntary work experience opportunities available. These will include virtual internships. Check out our part-time work updates, and read more about finding work experience and volunteering.

    It’s also worth noting that in the current circumstances, some industries are actively recruiting – and especially for temporary casual work (e.g. supermarkets, distribution).


Looking for a graduate role

I'm a final-year student - are employers still recruiting for graduate roles?

Yes. Many companies are still recruiting, and deciding on how to recruit for roles in the future. For example, we still have over 100 live graduate roles on NTU’s FutureHub – with new roles being added all the time.

Please also read the latest ‘hiring now’ news for final-year students.

Some organisations however will be freezing or postponing their recruitment. Our advice is to keep actively looking, as there are still plenty of opportunities out.

Remember to sign up to Future You for secure access to dedicated careers support now and once you’ve graduated.

How have recruitment processes changed in the current situation?

Many employers have adapted their recruitment processes, which might now include:

  • Online assessments or tasks
  • Skype or video interviews
  • Telephone interviews

Remember to read details of any interview process thoroughly, to ensure you understand what tasks you might need to complete.

You can contact the Employability team via Live Chat or email to arrange an appointment to discuss how best to prepare for your interview, or even to arrange a mock interview.


I'm on a placement now

Should I still attend my placement?

Please speak with your employer or placement provider to understand what arrangements they are putting in place that are appropriate for their business.

Depending on the sector and the work being undertaken, many employers have made arrangements for their staff to still attend work in a safe way and many are enabling home working. Other employers are unable to work normally and have furloughed their staff to protect jobs and regrettably a small number will cease trading.

Having spoken to your employer, if you are concerned about your studies or about your personal safety, you should speak to your personal tutor who can provide additional guidance.


International work placements

  • A: I am on a work placement, but my family is worried and/or I am worried and want to return home, what should I do?

    In the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the Covid-19 NTU is now advising all placement students to return to the UK.

    In making our decision you should:

    • Review the latest travel advice from the UK Government
    • Speak with your placement supervisor regarding the study options available to you
    • Contact your employer to discuss your concerns and agree the most suitable course of action and if terminating your placement, confirm your agreed end date
    • Inform Employability of your intention to enable us to keep an accurate record.

    You should contact your Business Advisor in the Employability team and / or School Administration Team to keep us informed of your decision.

    See Answer D regarding your final assessment.

  • B: I am on a work placement, but my employer has asked me to work from my (host country) home, what should I do?

    In the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the Covid-19, NTU is now advising all placement students to return to the UK. You should consider factors in Answer A above, but you may also want to discuss with your employer the possibility of working online from the UK. You should contact your Business Advisor in the Employability team and / or School Administration Team to keep us informed of your decision.

    See Answer D regarding your final assessment.

  • C: My host-employer has closed, but has made no immediate provision for resuming work, what should I do?

    We appreciate that some employers have decided to suspend working temporarily and may re-open in due course. However, in the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the Covid-19, NTU is now advising all placement students to return to the UK. You should consider factors in Answer A above. You should contact your Business Advisor in the Employability team and / or School Administration Team to keep us informed of your decision.

    See Answer D regarding your final assessment.

  • D: What will happen if I am not able to complete a designated final assessment at the host employer?

    In the event that you are not able to complete the final assessment, your School will determine an alternative final assessment for your studies abroad. Depending on the length of the placement you have been able to undertake, we may require you to undertake some additional learning before you complete the alternative assessment. For further information on your specific circumstances please contact your School Administration Team.

  • E: I am due to go on a placement, but am unsure about travelling. What should I do?

    In the light of the potential disruption to international travel due to the Covid-19 NTU is now advising all placement students to return to the UK. You may wish to contact your employer / placement provider to understand what the situation is and seek guidance from them, and you should consider all the factors listed in Answer A. If you do not wish to proceed contact your Business Advisor in the Employability team or the School Administration Team and we will explore alternative arrangements.

    If you do decide to go or stay at your host university or employer, you should follow the guidance provided around hand washing etc. to reduce risks of contracting the virus. You should keep up to date with advice from the University.

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