So you’re thinking about Cranfield? If you choose us, we will want to fully support you in launching your postgraduate career. This works most effectively if you engage with us from the start – and ideally before you arrive on campus. Familiarise yourself with the steps below, and see how you can start to prepare.

How will you support me?

Kelvin Mutai“During the induction week, careers services had a presentation with us which was quite impactful and…set the stage for the interactions that followed throughout the year.”
– Kelvin Mutai, MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering (2018-19)

Before arriving at Cranfield, you will have access to some of our key resources to get your CV prepared for the recruiting season.

Soon after you arrive, you will be able to book 1:1 coaching appointments and go to workshops, learn how to build your professional profile and start applying to vacancies.

Throughout the year, you will attend our events, client presentations and careers fairs to master the art of networking. You will continue your job search, attend interviews and negotiate offers.

Taking part in these activities will give you the best chance of employment success – the ultimate aim of any Cranfield graduate! Find out more about our full range of services.


How can I prepare?

Steve George“My journey at Cranfield began three months before I arrived here. It started with developing my CV and uploading it to VMock (which is a really good critiquing system). Then I was able to ask for feedback on my CV – so when I arrived, I was ready and prepared to have 1:1 coaching sessions.”
– Steve George, MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering, 2019

Many Cranfield courses are compressed to just one year, so you will be incredibly busy once you start the term. To find employment opportunities alongside your studies, you’ll need to be proactive and organised – especially if you’re interested in highly competitive graduate programmes!

Know your deadlines before your arrive on campus. Many large companies advertise their graduate opportunities early on in the academic year, and some deadlines are as early as November. Make sure you are one step ahead by visiting these key sites – then diarise the deadlines so you don’t miss out.

Create your Cranfield CV before you arrive on campus, to save time and get ahead of the competition.

CV templates Offer holders will be sent a link to their relevant CV template, so you can start building a professional document before you get busy with your course.

VMock We will give you exclusive access to VMock, our 24-7 critiquing software which will enable your CV to be benchmarked and scored.

1:1 advice Once you have followed the steps above, we will give you remote access to a dedicated Career Development Manager, with whom you’ll discuss how to fine-tune your CV.

CV and Cover letter creation watch the videos and read the Learning Packs provided at the bottom of this page.

Update your Social Media profiles before you arrive on campus, to get your ‘shop window’ in order. Your social media profiles are often searched by recruiters, so it is vital to show professionalism to create a good first impression.

LinkedIn This professional networking site is used mainly by business people seeking to make connections. You can also choose to be found by recruiters for jobs, reach out to alumni and post articles you’ve written. The profile section is a great way to show your education or work experience, and you can even save examples of your work. Follow companies/individuals of interest to your career.

Watch this 15 minute training video, to find out how you can create your LinkedIn profile.

Twitter This social media channel is used to post content such as video and images, as well as people’s personal opinions. Try not to get into very public conversations about controversial topics. Make sure that your ‘handle’ (the name of your personal account) is appropriate, and that your profile photo shows you in a positive light. Follow companies/individuals of interest to your career.

Facebook This long-standing social media channel is similar to Twitter, but people tend to use it for more personal/social reasons, for being part of groups and the free messaging service. Remember that any photo posted of you remains the property of Facebook, and is difficult to delete off the web once published! Make sure your profile photo shows you in a positive light, and follow companies/individuals of interest to your career.

Instagram This visual social media channel focuses exclusively on photographs and video. Make sure your profile photo, your handle and your posts show you in a positive light. Follow companies/individuals of interest to your career.

Learning Pack samples

Application form advicePreparing for assessment centresPreparing for interviews

Psychometric assessments in recruitmentTailoring your cover letterThe Cranfield CV