Careers advice

During the first few weeks of semester our appointments book up quickly but we can always support you with CV, applications and interview skills at a group session.

We offer one-to-one appointments where you can discuss any career-related issue with one of our team of careers advisers who are professionally trained graduates from a variety of backgrounds.  We are constantly renewing our knowledge, and our very good relationships with graduate employers mean that we are regularly kept up-to-date with news of current graduate recruitment practices and trends. You do not need to know what you want to do before you come to see us –we see students at every stage of their journey.

The Careers Centre is strongly committed to offering equality of opportunity to all its users.  A list of helpful resources is available on the Diversity and equality page of this website, and our careers advisers are happy to discuss specific issues.

Quick Queries

Booking an appointment

  • Quick Queries are available each afternoon for 15 minutes and run from 14:00 to 16:00 each weekday in St Andrews
  • Quick Queries are booked online through CareerConnect.
  • Each day’s online booking slots are released daily at 12:00

Service provided

All matriculated University of St Andrews students, undergraduate and postgraduate, and alumni are eligible to use the service although some restrictions will be introduced and advertised at the busiest times of year.

Users are restricted to a maximum of two appointments a week.

These in-person sessions cover your quick queries relating to:

  • Careers information resources
  • Finding work experience/internships/graduate job opportunities
  • Postgraduate study options
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Improving CVs/covering letters/applications (please bring printed copy of CV, covering letter or application form)
  • Finding useful contacts
  • Preparing for psychometric tests for jobs and internships
  • Module choice in relation to career options

Advisers adhere to high professional standards and discussions will be conducted with impartiality, confidentiality and with due regard to diversity and equality considerations.   

Cancelling an appointment

Demand for Quick Query appointments is high. Users are expected to cancel any appointment they are unable to attend through CareerConnect or by calling Reception on 01334 462688/9.

Appointments terms and conditions (PDF, 149 KB)

Advance appointments

Advance appointments are for up to 30 minutes.  

Bookings can be made at the Careers Centre Reception between 10:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.  They can also be made by telephoning 01334 462688/9 from 08:45. (Telephone messages for appointments will not be replied to).

The receptionist will guide each user to the most appropriate adviser.

Appointment slots are released at 08:45 each Monday for the whole of the week following, ie for 7-12 calendar days ahead.

Each careers adviser offers advance appointments at varying times through the week to best meet student demand.

What to expect

All students, undergraduate and postgraduate, and alumni are eligible to use the service although some restrictions will be introduced at the busiest times of year.

Users are restricted to a maximum of one appointment a week.

The session may cover career related issues, including:

  • 'I don't know what I want to do'
  • Exploring, comparing and deciding upon career options
  • Job hunting strategy
  • Sector-specific advice
  • Interview practice
  • Course change/year out advice
  • Equality/diversity issues

Advisers adhere to high professional standards and discussions will be conducted with impartiality, confidentiality and with due regard to diversity and equality considerations.   

Cancelling an appointment

Demand for advance appointment slots is high. Users are expected to cancel any appointment they are unable to attend by calling Reception on 01334 462688/9 or by emailing careers@st-andrews.ac.uk

Appointments terms and conditions (PDF, 149 KB)

Online guidance

The Careers Centre offers the option of submitting online careers queries to students who are not currently resident in St Andrews and also to alumni. Submit an online query via CareerConnect. The Careers Centre seeks to reply to all such queries within 5 working days.

Online guidance terms and conditions (PDF, 330 KB)