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Careers

Advice, events and support to help you achieve your ambitions

Work ready, world ready, future ready

At Solent, we invest in your employability from the start. Your course modules will be focused on real world examples, giving you practical experience to contribute to your final degree and provide you with experience you can use when applying for jobs.

Solent Futures is the University’s careers, employability and enterprise service. The team are committed to getting students into great careers by offering impartial information, advice and guidance to support you and help you achieve your ambitions.

We support you to develop your employability skills and ensure that you find the right opportunity once you finish your studies, whether this is a graduate job, help to start a business or advice on further study. Whether you don't know where to begin or know exactly what you want to do, we are here to help you.

No matter what course or level of study you are on, the team and our online service, Solent Futures Online can help you with finding work experience, placements or jobs. We have an employer team who make connections with employers to create opportunities for Solent students and graduates. We list a large number of graduate job opportunities on behalf of recruiters.

We offer careers advice for life, so even when you finish your studies you can still access our support.

Solent Futures Online

Our online careers resources and jobs board on Solent Futures Online is a fantastic resource. You can sign up for job alerts for part-time jobs, placements, internships and graduate opportunities for Solent students.

Log in to Solent Futures Online using your Solent email and password

Our services

Workshops and advice

To contact the Solent Futures team, please email solent.futures@solent.ac.uk, where a member of the team will respond to your query.

Our drop in desk is located in the library and is open 12:30 to 3:30pm daily during term time. We also offer virtual appointments, bookable on Solent Online Learning

Interested in starting your own business? Our advisers can answer your questions about how Solent can help with that. 

There are regular workshops during term-time on various topics including creating a CV, finding graduate roles and using LinkedIn. These are advertised on the Portal events pages.

 

Careers guidance appointments

These one-to-one sessions are appropriate for students who have more in-depth queries. Advisers are asked about postgraduate study, researching career options, decision making and more. 

Careers guidance appointments are offered virtually via MS Teams or in person on campus.  When using MS Teams you can choose whether you wish to have just audio or audio and video. 

Your appointment will last approximately 40 minutes and will be with one of Solent University’s qualified Careers Advisers.

Book an appointment

Current students - Book your appointments online

Prospective students and Solent graduates - Please email careers@solent.ac.uk.

Finding work

Fancy working on campus in one of the University departments or schools? These opportunities are advertised on Solent Futures Online.

As well as campus jobs Solent Futures Online advertises external vacancies, including part-time vacancies to fund you while you study, work experience and graduate opportunities. Solent Futures Online also offers advice on looking for work.

Start-up business support

Enterprise advisers offer impartial advice and practical help on freelance work and setting up a new business. We recommend that you look at the online advice pages we've created to get an idea of what is on offer, as we have a variety of programmes available. 

Online advice on setting up a business

You can also email us at solent.futures@solent.ac.uk

Professional mentoring

Solent Futures run a professional mentoring programme, called the Focus Programme. The mentoring programme is an initiative to help improve the employability of students by matching them to industry professionals. The scheme aims to help students develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the graduate job market or to achieve their ambition of starting a business or going into further study.

“My mentor has been extremely helpful in managing and giving advice and helping me connect with people from the industry.”

“It’s a good opportunity to take especially if you need help preparing yourself for your future.”

You can find out more about the scheme by watching this film.

Each year Solent Futures works with a targeted group of students based on the recommendations in our Access and Participation Plan. The scheme is currently aimed at Level 5 students that identify as female, with a particular focus on students who are from a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic background. Students interested in participating in the scheme can email mentoring@solent.ac.uk. 

The scheme accepts applications from October each year with mentoring starting in the January and runs until the end of June.

Students take part in an induction session after completing the application form and are then matched with a mentor.

For general queries about mentoring email mentoring@solent.ac.uk

Placements

We support students who have a placement element on their course. You can use Solent Futures Online for placement job search strategies.Many placement providers also advertise on Solent Futures Online.

You can also email solent.futures@solent.ac.uk with your placement query.

Future Me

Future Me is an interactive resource designed to help you develop your employability. It is made up of 1) a quick survey, 2) action plans to help you reflect on your results and summarise what you learn and 3) careers activities and helpful resources to help you develop in the areas highlighted in your Future Me results.

Use Future Me and take practical steps to develop your confidence in these areas: 

  • My Career 
  • My Experience 
  • My Opportunities
  • My Network 
  • My Creativity 
  • My Attitude 
  • My Communication 

Help your career take off with Future Me

If you are an academic and would like to explore how Future Me can support your students, please contact your link Careers Adviser or email: careers@solent.ac.uk

Solent Futures Online login

Solent Futures is Solent University’s careers, employability and enterprise service. Solent Futures Online is a job board and career management system offering advice and information on all aspects of the job search process.

Students and staff

Sign on to Solent Futures Online to:

  • Apply for and find 100s of opportunities including: Campus Jobs, part-time jobs, placements, graduate roles and internships
  • Access up-to-date industry information about the sector you want to work in
  • Discover what industry you might want to work in
  • Take self-assessments for career development
  • Access easy to use content which is tailored to you.

Log in now

Graduates

If you have graduated from Solent University, we offer careers advice for life. Solent Futures Online is a great resource for you to look for graduate roles and to: 

  • Access up-to-date industry information about the sector you want to work in
  • View up-to-date industry information
  • Take self-assessments for career development
  • Access easy to use content which is tailored to you.

Email us to get your unique log in code

Contact us

Email us
Students: solent.futures@solent.ac.uk
Employers: employers@solent.ac.uk

Book an appointment
Careers guidance and short advice appointments - book online
Start-up advice - book online. If no appointment is showing, email nicky.curtis@solent.ac.uk or text/call 07770 901208
Prospective students and graduates: careers@solent.ac.uk (for careers guidance) or solent.enterprise@solent.ac.uk (for business start-up advice)

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Meet the team

Caroline Barfoot - Head of Student Experience

Meredith Smith - Deputy Head of Student Experience (Careers)

Gwen Goodger - Administrative Assistant

Student engagement team

Louise Helps - Student Engagement Coordinator 

Nick Harding - Student Employability Adviser

Kelsey Killoran - Student Employability Adviser

Ruhina Noory - Student Employability Adviser

Mhairi Macmillan - Student Employability Adviser

Employer engagement team

Liz Wright - Employer Projects Co-ordinator

Daniel Whittington - Employer Engagement Adviser

Ann Jones - Online Employability Officer

Programme engagement team

Kelly King - Lead Career Adviser

Jude Hanley - Career Adviser

Victoria Simpson - Career Adviser

David Whistance - Career Adviser

Solent Creatives

Nicky Curtis - Enterprise Lead

Robbie Costache - Graduate Enterprise Co-ordinator

Tell us what you think

We want to know what you think of the service you have received. This will help us to continue to improve our service, as well as develop new ways to engage with students.

You can contact us in the following ways:

  • You can call us: 023 8201 3883 or email: solent.futures@solent.ac.uk.
  • Hand in your suggestion to the student hub in RM050 (these suggestions can be made anonymously).

Your feedback will be forwarded to the most appropriate member of staff to deal with. You don’t have to give your name and contact details, but if you do, we will also reply to you personally. If you are unhappy with the way you have been treated by a member of staff, please ask to speak to the senior staff member on duty.

How and when we will respond

We will acknowledge any written or emailed complaints within two working days of receipt. You will receive a full response to your written complaint within ten working days.

If you are not satisfied with how we respond to your complaint, in the first instance please contact:

Caroline Barfoot, Head of Student Experience
Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0RU
Email: caroline.barfoot@solent.ac.uk

Your complaint will be acknowledged within two working days. We will investigate it further and provide a written response within ten working days.

If you are still unhappy with our response at this stage, you can consider the further options available to you under the University’s formal student complaints procedure. 

Student complaints procedure

Commitment to employability

Solent Futures activities are about empowering students and graduates. We do this by:  

  • Providing you with access to impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

  • Enabling you to develop career management skills to build a successful future.

  • Supporting you to set up your own business and develop your enterprising and creative potential.

  • Giving you access to and promoting the wide range of opportunities in employment, placements, volunteering, mentoring and further study.

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