Welcome to Psychology

From childhood to old age.

Psychology at Heriot-Watt focuses on providing
excellent learning experience combined with strong
and active research culture

Career Planning: 1st and 2nd years.

Gain experience and develop your skills.

• Volunteering can help you gain skills, meet people and make a difference. The Student Union offer volunteering positions or you can check out local and national opportunities here.
• Work part-time to gain skills and experience. Check out current opportunities here.
• Join a society or sports club...or start a new one!
• Become a Class Representative or School Officer

Develop your CV

• Paid or voluntary work, being active in societies and taking on responsibility will extend your experience, develop your skills, enhance your employability and add value to your CV.
• Check the CV and cover letter resources on our website and use the drop-in service to get your CV checked by an Adviser.

Start thinking ahead

• Talk to your Careers Adviser (Kirsty Qualtrough) about your ideas and use the Careers website to research options and identify areas for skills development.
• Follow the Careers Service on Twitter (@hwucareers) and Facebook (Heriot-Watt Careers Service) for careers information and details of events and opportunities.


Career Planning: 3rd years

Explore your career options

• Talk to people about their jobs and gain relevant work experience or organise job shadowing to learn about various jobs and sectors.
• Attend careers and employer events to gain an insight into difference career areas. For details of upcoming events check the Events page on the Careers Website.
• Apply to be matched with a Career Mentor from industry to get an insight into your chosen or potential career and help with your career planning. For more information see the Mentoring Programme pages of the Careers website.
• Talk to your Careers Adviser if you are unsure of your career plans and options. To book an appointment click here.

Investigate Further Study

• Read the Further Study information on the Careers website.
• Speak to academics and current postgraduate students both here at Heriot-Watt and at prospective universities to find out more about the courses and options available.
• Attend relevant postgraduate open day events.

Organise your summer

• Start applying for summer jobs and internships or plan your summer travelling as early as semester one.
• Keep up to date with current internship and part-time vacancies advertised on the Job Station pages of the Careers website.

Develop your CV and Social Media Profile

• Attend CV Building and Social Media skills sessions to enable you to write a persuasive CV and develop your online brand.


Career Planning: Final Year and Postgraduates

Get Planning

• Discuss your career options and job-hunting strategy with your Careers Adviser
• Look at deadlines for graduate positions and further study applications and work out a timeline for your actions.
• Talk to your Careers Adviser is you are still unsure of your career plans or need support with your job-hunting strategy.

Prepare for applications and interviews

• Attend Careers workshops to increase your job searching and application skills. View the Events page of the Careers website for upcoming skills sessions and employer presentations.
• Collect leaflets on CVs, interviews, assessment centres, psychometric tests and using social media in your job searching from the Careers Centre in Scott Russell 1.13.
• Read relevant sections of the Careers website for information and advice on job searching and applications. You can also borrow DVDs and books from the Careers Service (SR1.13) that cover topics such as applications, assessment centres and interviews.

Apply for Graduate Jobs and Training Schemes

• Check the closing dates for various graduate schemes to ensure you give yourself enough time to apply.
• Research companies and their graduate opportunities before writing a targeted CV and covering letter.
• Check the Job Station for current opportunities and ensure you are registered to receive job alerts.

Make Speculative Applications

• Attend relevant careers skills sessions such as CV building and using social media in your job searching.
• Attend networking and employer events to increase your knowledge of the sector you're looking to work in.
• Get your CV and cover letter checked by the Careers team using the drop-in service.

Apply for postgraduate and further study courses

• Check closing dates for universities and courses that interest you.
• Attend relevant postgraduate open days and fairs.
• Apply early and get your application and personal statement checked by your Careers Adviser.