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As well as a good degree, our students want a great job when they graduate.

“Optimise your Future”, our bespoke careers initiative, offers support and guidance at all stages of your career development in college. Designed to complement your academic work, it is run in close collaboration with the University Careers Service and is an addition to their already comprehensive offering. Optimise your Future offers a framework to explore and plan your next steps. The programme is supported by access to a Careers Adviser in College.  

CareersEngagement with the Careers Service starts from the very beginning of your studies at our college, with an introduction during Bridging week for undergraduates and during the slightly shorter Bridging programme for graduates. In regular tutorial meetings you will be able to discuss how you can make the most of the opportunities available.

Our alumni are represented in fields right across the labour market and the globe.  Our "Catalyst" panels offer you the chance to engage with alumni at all stages of their careers as well as with experts from a range of disciplines, to help you focus your career ambitions. 

We also run joint events each term with other colleges, including an "MBA in a day" and "Speed Mentoring in an evening", drawing also on our business partners and their expertise. Working with business partners, the Optimise your Future programme provides opportunities to build up professional networks within Cambridge and beyond. In addition to opportunities available in the wider University, the college runs events such as “Lucy in London” – an event for our law students to meet and listen to lawyers from a wide range of legal occupations in the City.  

Find out about the University Careers Service - working with you to prepare for your future

You can also watch videos on the Careers Service YouTube channel which introduces you to the University of Cambridge Careers Service, the support it offers and how you can make the best of our services as a student, PhD or PostDoc whilst at Cambridge, and beyond.

University of Cambridge Careers Service - YouTube

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All Cambridge students, postdocs and alumni are encouraged to use Handshake, an innovative career development platform through which you can make use of the Careers Service and develop your career and network. The Careers Service has joined this platform to make working with us easier, quicker and even more effective.

Find out more about Handshake here

A-Z of Careers

Expert Careers Consultants have written over 40 introductory sector briefings which will help you to find out if you're suited to the sector, how to get the experience to be credible, how to find positions and funding, tips for success, and what Cambridge offers to help with this career.

Learn more about careers here

Alumni Careers Connect

Alumni Careers Connect is a network for University of Cambridge students, researchers and alumni. It can be used to view the career paths of hundreds of Cambridge alumni all around the world, and get in touch with them to ask for career-related advice.