Life Moments - Students & Graduates

Preparing for your first job

How to get a graduate job

University complete, it's time to think about your first job. We want to help you find your first job after graduation so we've put together some helpful tips about interviews and internships.

Interview tips

What is an Internship

An internship is work experience offered by companies for a set period of time. Great for students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field, an internship can offer real benefits to both the intern and the employer.

Benefits of internships

A great way to kick start your career

Gain first-hand experience of the working environment

Network and build relations with colleagues in industry to build your professional network

Helps to build out your CV with work experience

Improve your future job prospects

Employers also benefit from this in the long-term, as they have a ready-made pool of talent to hire from.


Need help making the big decisions? Understanding all the different paths you could take can be overwhelming. CareerSense are here to help you understand your options and offer helpful tips when you’re ready to take the next step.

Cover letter for internships

Sometimes the application process will require you to write a cover letter to accompany your CV. Here’s some rough guidelines to help you shape your cover letter:

This letter should not be too extensive, definitely aim to limit it to one page, with a brief summary of your relevant skills

Include your name, address and contact details. You should also list the position you are applying to

Include the contact it is addressed to, their position/company name and contact details

Explain why you would be a good fit for the role


For more information, check out this cover letter guide from Prospects.ac.uk.

Thinking of starting a business?

If you're more interested in working for yourself once you leave university, be sure to look at the articles, blogs, videos and toolkits on offer throughout both Mentor and Boost.

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