Careers Service

Create your own opportunity

Can’t find what you are looking for and need to get some experience on your CV? Be resourceful and seek out employers who could offer you an opportunity.

They may not have a formal work experience programme but you might be able to secure some work shadowing – or possibly more.

Preparation is key. Research the organisation, demonstrate your motivation, be adaptable and grasp any and every opportunity to help you develop. They may not be able to offer you exactly what you want so be flexible. Remember: any experience is valuable and demonstrating initiative is just what  employers are looking for.

Where can you start?

  • Research employers on MyCareerHub
  • Meet employers at on campus events – advertised on MyCareerHub
  • Make a speculative application – research employers on MyCareerHub and visit our webpage 'finding unadvertised jobs'
  • LinkedIn and Twitter are the recommended professional Social Media channels – get some tips here: Using social media in your job search


If you are unsure what you want to do use our interactive Career Planning tools or come and chat to us at the Careers Service.