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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

Timetable for action

This timetable will help you plan and prepare during your penultimate and final year. Although many of the activities outlined in the 'final year' timetable are aimed at finalists, many of the talks and fairs are relevant to penultimate-year and postgraduate students. Regularly check the events section for up-to-date information on important events at Durham, Queen’s Campus and beyond.

Take Action - Final Year


  • Collect free graduate career directories.
  • Check for early closing dates in respect of graduate schemes and postgraduate courses (e.g. Civil Service, Investment Banks, Medicine & Dentistry etc)
  • Submit applications for Teacher Training
  • Register with LEA Pools (PGCE students).
  • Apply for law conversion course (non-Law students) and and LPC (Law students).
  • Research Christmas law placements (non-law students)
  • Attend employer presentations (details on this website).
  • Visit Durham Careers and Internship Fair (October).
  • Attend Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Fair (early November).
  • Attend Law Fair (Late November).
  • Explore career options and your skills using the resources at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre.
  • Participate in assessment centre workshops.
  • Check closing dates for summer 2016 internships and vacation schemes (refer to our website and the Information Room).
  • Consider voluntary work to support future applications.
  • Attend presentations on effective applications, CV writing, interviews and assessment centres and use the appointments offered at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre
  • Undecided?...Visit the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre for help!


  • Apply for Easter/Summer Law vacation placements (non-law students)
  • Apply for jobs and postgraduate courses.
  • Regularly check vacancies on this website and visit the Information Room to identify vacancies and summer placements.
  • Visit Explore Careers Event. Informal fair attended by local professionals and Durham alumni who are keen to share their experience of a broad range of employment sectors.
  • Continue to attend employer and career presentations.


  • Continue to check vacancies on this website and visit the Information Room to identify vacancies and summer placements. Some graduate employers recruit all year round whereas small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) target finalists at this time of year.
  • Apply for postgraduate study opportunities!
  • Research training contracts (non-law students)
  • Respond to finalist vacancies and speculatively target companies that interest you. This can be particularly effective with SMEs.
  • Continue to use the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre!

Take Action - Penultimate Year


As final year timetable but...

  • Research internship and vacation scheme opportunities. Closing dates are normally in January/February but in some sectors (finance, property, professional services for example) it can be as early as November/December. Apply to appropriate opportunities. Refer to vacancies on this website for latest work experience opportunities.
  • Use 'Profiling for Success' to help you explore your skills, strengths and qualities: crucial in effective career choice.
  • Generate career ideas: use Prospects Planner on the Prospects website as a starting point. Refer to the career planning section on this website.
  • Research career ideas as a means of speculatively targeting employers in respect of work experience.
  • Law Students - Apply for Christmas placements and attend Law Fair (Late November).
  • Law Students - Apply for Easter/Summer vacation placements in December and check early closing dates for training contracts.


  • Apply for internships and vacation schemes. Continue to refer to the work experience vacancies posted on this website.
  • Law students continue to research, and apply for, training contracts.
  • Seek support from the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre in respect of interview and assessment centre preparation.


  • Speculatively target organisations in respect of work experience opportunities. Use the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to assist in composing a focused CV and covering letter.