The Career Development Service has many different facets and functions, from delivering 1:1 coaching to establishing links with employers. Read about each area of our department, to discover exactly how we can help your personal career journey.

Career Development

Shao-Heung Tneh“I would like to express my gratitude to the career team… you guys are fantastic! I got a job offer today… as an Aviation Safety Investigator… and that’s my dream job!!!”
– Shao Heung Tneh, MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering (2018-19)


What do we do? Support all MSc, MBA and PhD students with their career journey at Cranfield and beyond:

  • Coaching appointments with our in-house career advisors
  • CV writing, Cover Letter Development and Application Form advice
  • Psychometrics, Assessment centre and Interview skills training
  • External industry expert workshops
  • Career direction and transition management coaching
  • Digital and print resources including Learning packs, factsheets, tutorials and videos
  • Pop-up careers stands, desk-side workshops, assisted company visits
  • CV yearbook generation and CV/elevator pitch video facilities
  • Signpost relevant employment opportunities, internships and competitions
  • Support in negotiating salary and benefits packages
  • Advice for entrepreneurs starting their own business
  • Introducing those international students that require a visa to study in the UK, to our visas and immigration team.
  • Signposting international students to the latest advice and guidance on working and living in the UK and abroad.

Our Software

  • VMock - 24/7 CV critiquing software
  • Symplicity – online career management portal, live appointment system, vacancy database
  • Intranet portal – the place to go to access all your careers resources
  • Subscription resources – paid-for sites where you can access research information

Career Continuation Service

  • Skype, phone and email support for life, post-Cranfield
  • Ongoing access to Symplicity
  • Invitations to alumni careers and networking events
  • Progress monitoring – contacting you to discover your career outcomes

View our Student brochure

Kelvin Mutai“[The Career Development Service] was invested in my advancement from the academic world to the professional world. The support was supportive, personalised and genuine.”
– Kelvin Mutai, MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering (2018-19)


Employer Engagement

Karl Saraff“The leading companies in the world come to the Careers Fair; they have strong relationships and partnerships with Cranfield, this exposure is absolutely amazing.”
– Karl Sarraf, MSc Strategic Marketing, 2019


What do we do?

Build relationships with industry to generate relevant,
timely, graduate employment opportunities:

  

Symplicity Statistics – 2018-19
3000+ students with live log-ins
1378 log-ins between March to May 2019
1644 alumni registered

  • Develop partnerships with employers
  • Manage vacancies on Symplicity
  • Create awareness of employment opportunities
  • Organise employer presentation evenings
  • Spring and Autumn Careers Fairs
  • Industry networking events
  • Headquarter and site visits
  • Employer speed-dating sessions
  • On-campus recruitment activities
  • Guest spots on pop-up careers stands
  • Executive matching service, for select courses
 

View our Employer Engagement brochure

Rab Consultants“It's been great to be able to talk to people from wide-ranging backgrounds and understand how they could fit into our company.”

– Alex Cartwright, RAB Consultants

Media, Marketing and Communications

Romans Kirenskis“I had to sort through tons of not-so-reliable information (on the internet)…now [the Evisor platform] brings me the essence, the pieces of gold I’ve been looking for!”
– Roman Kirenskis, PhD in Aerospace (2018-20)


What do we do? Promote our range of departmental activities. Create training and learning resources. Manage surveys to gain student views and alumni career outcomes information.

  • Create skills training tutorials, videos and written content.
  • Write resources for digital and print, intranet and websites
  • Event videography and photography
  • Run careers social media channels – where students can be informed of news and activities
  • Promote relevant employment opportunities, internships and competitions
  • Advertise year-round careers events, incentives and networking opportunities
  • Manage internal student satisfaction surveys
  • Engage alumni in the Graduate Outcomes survey
  • Provide destinations information to pre-students deciding on Cranfield

Overall satisfaction with the Career Development Service has risen year on year, with 82% of students rating services as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
– Student Satisfaction Survey 2019

Internships and Projects

Tim Ballard“[The internship students] challenge the way that a lot of us look at things in the business…We’ve found process improvements…insights into things that we wouldn’t have come across and we’re expecting some significant financial benefits in the projects.”
– Tim Ballard, Finning UK


What do we do? Support Masters in Management students with all aspects of their Internship project, from beginning to end:

  • Develop partnerships with employers to generate internship placements, over 80% funded
  • Liaise with Academics to ensure the placements are relevant to the MiM course
  • Advertise and create awareness of placement opportunities
  • Assist students with the application and interview process
  • Keep in touch with students and employers during the placement
  • Help with next-steps career planning after the placement

Read more about Internship project case studies. Find out how you can have one of your business challenges researched by our students here (Projects and Internships tab).

Carlotta Dragoni“The possibility to have a summer internship in the UK is a unique opportunity that only Cranfield offers.”

– Carlotta Dragoni, alumna, Management MSc, 2015

Overall satisfaction with the Career Development Service has risen year on year, with 82% of students rating services as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
– Student Satisfaction Survey 2019