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Welcome to Finalist Focus!

Now you are completing your course, we are here to help you prepare for what comes next. Whether it's work, further study, volunteering or something completely different - we've got the resources to help you make it happen. Wherever you are in your career-planning, we've got you covered. 


Upcoming Events

Graduate Jobs Fair: Today! 

Are you ready to start your job search?

Gain access to organisations from a range of sectors with graduate-level roles with immediate, autumn or early winter start dates at our Graduate Jobs Fair. Internships may also be promoted at this event.

Organisations will be able to share information about their roles and values with you in advance so you can do your research prior to the fair.

You will meet managers, recent graduate hires and recruiters in an informal setting to:

  • develop insights into different company cultures, working practices and career paths and compare what they have to offer

  • discuss career paths and job roles and where you might fit

  • gain inside information on hiring and selection processes

Register now!

Pop-Up Careers: Tuesday 18th June- Friday 28th June, 2-4pm

We're here to help you plan your next steps, whether you have no plans yet, or a very clear idea. Come and have a chat with us after exams - we'll be in the courtyard of the Student Services Centre, Bene't St. You can talk to us about any aspect of careers or applying for further study. We'll be there from 2-4pm every weekday.

Online Careers Events - Bookable soon, hold the date!



Mon 1st July, 2pm-3pm

Writing effective CVs

Tue 2nd July, 2pm-3pm

How to Pick a Career

Wed 3rd July, 2pm-3pm

What do I do when things aren't going to plan?

Thur 4th July, 2pm-3pm

How to find an internship

Fri 5th July, 1pm-2pm

Navigating the graduate jobs market

Mon 8th July, 2pm-3pm

Building your network

Tue 9th July, 2pm-3pm

Effective application forms and cover letters

Wed 10th July, 2pm-3pm

Get Ready for Interviews


Use Our Online Resources

We have a range of premium platforms to help you prepare for work. These cover online CV review, video interview practice, recruitment tests, global job hunting, sourcing funding and much more. You'll find them all on Handshake - so sign up now!

We also have a dedicated Handshake Guide for Finalist Focus, navigating you through the key steps in preparing for work in 2024 and beyond.

Connect with Cambridge Students and Alumni

The Alumni LinkedIn group is a great space for connecting with over 300,000 graduates, discovering their journeys and making your next steps. Find out more on how to make the best of it here 

If you are planning to work and live overseas after Cambridge, you can benefit from joining any of more than 400 volunteer-led Alumni Groups around the world - an invaluable source of support. 

Read Our Blog

Our popular careers blog is a great way to get a  quick overview of some key topics in graduate recruitment.  You'll find inspiring stories of Cambridge alumni as they share their career journeys, and gain valuable insights into trends in the labour market. We've also got a dedicated blog for postdocs

Supporting You After Cambridge

We're here for you beyond graduation too. You'll have access to the careers service via our Handshake platform. Don't forget that your @cam email address will expire if you are leaving Cambridge. To continue accessing our support just log in and update your email address in the 'My Profile' section with your email address. You can claim this via the University Alumni site.

We want to stay connected to our alumni, so you'll also get an email from us in the next few months to find out what you are doing after your course. This helps us to plan how best we can support our students and graduates - so please do take the time to complete it. Next year you will also be asked to complete the Graduate Outcomes Survey - a nationwide census of recent graduates.