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How can I use the Career Essentials programme?


The aim of the Careers Essentials programme is to aid our clients to:

  • utilise core career planning strategies;

  • understand the labour market;

  • define and practice recruitment processes to achieve progression.

We advise our clients to access these resources before booking an appointment in order to maximise your time spent with a Careers Adviser.

Our Careers Essentials programme is made up of recorded resources, which can be found on the Cambridge Careers Service YouTube Channel. Check back regularly for new content, and take a look at the video descriptions for additional resources from the Careers Service and beyond. You can also access this content via LinkedIn Learning.

In addition to our recorded sessions we also run Q&As and live sessions.
You can view the events calendar and book on to an event via your Handshake account.

Building Your Network


The 'Building Your Network' series supports you to identify and utilise networks to support career planning.

Sessions available in this series:

  • Enhancing your Handshake profile to build your network
  • How to make the most of a (virtual) careers fair
  • Interacting with employers in a virtual world
  • Creating your Cambridge network & using it effectively
  • Using LinkedIn


These topics are often covered in our recorded resources in the Building Your Network playlist on the Cambridge Careers Service YouTube Channel. We also run Q&As and live sessions for some of these topics. You can view the events calendar and book on to an event via your Handshake account.

You can also find useful information on networking through our webpages, including:

Access this content via LinkedIn Learning.

Get Recruitment Ready


The aim of our 'Get Recruitment Ready’ programme is to enable clients to recognise the qualities of a competitive applicant, practice recruitment processes and evaluate their performance to modify practice.

Topics in this series include:

  • Succeeding in virtual assessments
  • Successful CVs
  • Cover Letters & Personal Statements
  • Successful application forms
  • Get ready for Interviews

These topics are often covered in our recorded resources in the Get Recruitment Ready playlist on the Cambridge Careers Service YouTube Channel. We also run Q&As and live sessions for some of these topics. You can view the events calendar and book on to an event via your Handshake account.

You can also find useful information on recruitment practicalities through our webpages, including:

Access this content via LinkedIn Learning.

Career Planning Tools


The aim of our 'Career Planning Tools' programme is to enable clients to recognise and utilise a variety of tools to support them in exploring viable career options.

Topics in this series include:

  • I don’t know what I want to do, where do I start?
  • Developing your skills at Cambridge
  • How to find an internship
  • Uncovering the hidden job market
  • Adapting your job search in uncertain labour markets
  • How do I know an employer is right for me?
  • Creating a personal brand and marketing your skills

These topics are often covered in our recorded resources in the Career Planning Tools playlist on the Cambridge Careers Service YouTube Channel. We also run Q&As and live sessions for some of these topics. You can view the events calendar and book on to an event via your Handshake account.

  • You can access self-reflection toolkits to support your career planning here and here

You can also find useful information on career planning through our webpages, including:

Access this content via LinkedIn Learning.

Postgraduate Study


The aim of our 'Postgraduate Study' programme is to enable clients to evaluate Postgraduate study options and create competitive applications.

Topics in this series include:

  • Postgraduate study options
  • Making successful applications for postgraduate study
  • Should I PhD or Not?

Most of these topics are covered in our recorded resources in the Postgraduate Study playlist on the Cambridge Careers Service YouTube Channel. We also run Q&As and live sessions for some of these topics. You can view the events calendar and book on to an event via your Handshake account.

You can also find useful information on postgraduate study through our webpages, including:

Access this content via LinkedIn Learning.