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Careers

The Solent Futures team is committed to getting students into great careers.

While you're studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance. Also, keep an eye out for Solent Futures' employer events, which take place throughout the year - they're a great way to meet potential employers and find out more about the jobs and career opportunities available.

If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.

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

For support from the Solent Futures team, please email solent.futures@solent.ac.uk, where a member of the team will respond to your query. We also offer virtual appointments, let us know if you want an online session. 

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

We also offer regular workshops during term-time on various topics including creating a CV, finding graduate roles and using LinkedIn.

*Please note, we observe the University's closure dates over the Christmas period.

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

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. We also offer mock interview practice.

Careers guidance appointments this term will be conducted online. When booking your appointment you will have the option to have it through Zoom or MS Teams or as an email only appointment. If you choose Zoom or 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 guidance practitioners.

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

Mentoring

Solent Futures has managed the professional mentoring programme at Solent University for many years, giving students the skills they need to succeed in the graduate job market. We also train and run a peer mentoring programme, which provides students with support from their fellow students.

Email Solent Futures to find out more about mentoring

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) links to carefully selected videos, worksheets and advice. 

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

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.

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

Bobbi Quinn - Student Employability Adviser

Ruhina Noory - Student Employability Adviser

Kelsey Killoran - Student Employability Adviser

Employer engagement team

Lexy Rees - Employer Projects Co-ordinator

Daniel Whittington - Employer Engagement Adviser

Matt Williams - Employer Engagement Adviser

Ann Jones - Online Employability Officer

Programme engagement team

Kelly King - Lead Career Adviser

Judith Hanley - Career Adviser

Victoria Simpson - Career Adviser

David Whistance - Career Adviser

Fiona Burton - Career Adviser

Solent Creatives

Nicky Curtis - Enterprise Lead

Sio Tsvetanov - Creative Co-ordinator

Robbie Costache - Graduate Enterprise Co-ordinator

Contact us

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

Book an appointment
Careers guidance - 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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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:

  • Ask to speak to a member of the Solent Futures team in RM001 or 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

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