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Careers Service Aims and objectives


  • To help undergraduate, postgraduate students, junior research staff (postdocs) and alumni of the University of Cambridge and others entitled to use us to make well-informed choices about their future working lives and to translate these effectively into appropriate decisions and actions.
  • To maintain and develop links with the range of organisations providing appropriate opportunities for graduates, including further study.
  • To remain wholly independent, offering objective and impartial advice and information, free of any commercial relationship with employers.
  • To assist in the provision and dissemination of information about the destinations of those who have completed their studies at Cambridge University to the University, Government and other interested parties.
  • To continue to be the main provider of choice of careers education, information and guidance within the University.
  • To help the University of Cambridge achieve its mission.


  • To source and provide up-to-date information about occupations, fields of work, postgraduate courses and research opportunities, organisations and their vacation work and post-graduation vacancies.
  • To help students and graduates understand and develop the necessary skills to equip them for whatever career path they choose.
  • To provide opportunities for students and graduates to understand their competencies, aspirations and options through a variety of means, including personal discussion with professional advisers.
  • To promote the exchange of ideas between members of the University and representatives of other organisations on matters affecting the employment of graduate members of the University, and to provide expert advice and information on career issues to organisations outside the University.
  • To collaborate with the University, academic departments, colleges and relevant organisations in activities designed to further the aims of the Service.
  • To provide our services impartially, confidentially, efficiently and free from discrimination, adhering to national codes of good practice and professional standards.
  • To promote the Careers Service to all entitled users, allowing them to make a personal choice on when and how best to engage with the Careers Service.
  • To recruit, train and develop staff at all levels, to enable these aims and objectives to be met.