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Durham University

Careers & 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 from our Careers Information Room in the Palatine Centre
  • Start your applications early, focusing on producing high quality and tailored applications - remember, some recruitment processes have many stages
  • Use our DU vacancies and opportunities portal to find opportunities to apply to
  • Check our vacancy and events bulletins regularly - you'll get them each week, and they're now more important than ever!
  • Check for early closing dates in respect of graduate schemes and postgraduate courses (e.g. Civil Service, Investment Banks, Medicine & Dentistry etc) and follow closing dates, etc., using sites such as Bright Network
  • Follow companies/organisations you're interested in via their social media links
  • Update your CV and Social Media/LinkedIn profile - online support here
  • Familiarise yourself with online tests and practise them, Use our online resources.
  • 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)
  • Apply for Easter/Summer Law vacation placements (non-law students) - some deadlines are January!
  • Attend employer presentations and careers forums covering more alternative career sectors (details here)
  • Visit Durham Careers and Internship Fair (both days: 23th and 24th October - details here)
  • Attend Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Fair (both days: 6th and 7th November - details here)
  • Attend Law Fair (both days: 20th and 21st November - details here).
  • Explore career options and your skills using the resources at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre.
  • Participate in assessment centre workshops - check our events
  • Check closing dates for summer 2019 internships and vacation schemes (refer to company websites and online resources such as and Bright Network).
  • 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 & Enterprise Centre for help!


  • Apply for Easter/Summer Law vacation placements (non-law students) - some deadlines are January!
  • Apply for jobs and postgraduate courses.
  • Regularly check Attend Explore Careers Forums throughout the term - sector focused events with employers outlining their field and how to get in. Events.
  • 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 others, and 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 & 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.Update your CV and LinkedIn profile - online support here
  • Research career ideas as a means of speculatively targeting employers in respect of work experience
  • Follow companies that interest you using their social media outlets, and perhaps join their online talent pool communities
  • Use LinkedIn to explore company profiles and personnel - use our online help and tools
  • 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.
  • Update your CV and Social Media/LinkedIn profile - online support here


  • 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 & Enterprise Centre in respect of interview and assessment centre preparation.


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