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All Cambridge students, postdocs and alumni are encouraged to use Handshake, an innovative career development platform through which you can make use of the Careers Service and develop your career and network. The Careers Service has joined this platform to make working with us easier, quicker and even more effective.

  • Ease of access to University of Cambridge Careers Service – by web or by mobile, book appointments, browse job and opportunity postings, explore and register for events and workshops, access resources, check the status of applications, and more while on the go, using Handshake's responsive design.
  • Tailored recommendations – receive information based on your subject and interests from Handshake and learn about opportunities from Cambridge’s careers team.
  • Interact with an online community – create a profile, network and discover new opportunities, learn more about industries and job roles to see if they are right for you; get an inside look at employers with candidate reviews; message other users with your questions.

Important: Handshake will ask you for an email account during registration. Please follow the advice below for a quick approval:

  • Current students - please click on ‘Current students & staff’ in Handshake which will use your Raven authentication.
  • Alumni - please click on 'Postdocs & alumni' and use your email address
  • Postdocs (Cambridge University) - please click on ‘Current students & staff’ in Handshake which will use your Raven authentication.
  • Postdocs (UPI) - Postdocs (UPI) who are registering with the Careers Service for the first time, please click on ‘No account? Sign up here in Handshake and use your address if you have one eg Other email address types can be used, but verification will take a little longer. You will then be emailed a short registration survey.

Read Handshake's terms and conditions

Activate your Handshake account