WELCOME TO THE CORPORATE RELATIONS & CAREER SERVICES OFFICE
The Corporate Relations & Career Services Office offers services and resources through partnerships with local and regional employers designed to empower and support students and alumni to make suitable decisions in order to achieve life-long career success and to find meaningful employment opportunities in a competitive professional world.
We also assist private and public sector organisations from across the United Arab Emirates and abroad with finding the right profiles from a rich university talent pool.
The Corporate Relations and Career Services office is located at the Cultural and Students Services Department of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and is the interface between the students as well the alumni and social-economic world.
The Office fulfills complementary functions:
- Provide relevant career information and services to undergraduate and post graduate students.
- Organize career information events to facilitate interaction between students and employers.
- Assist students to develop and improve effective job search strategies.
- Provide assistance to facilitate student placement (internship and job).
Whether you are a current student, an employer, a parent of a current student or an alumna-alumnus, we hope that the services offered by the Corporate Relations & Career Services will be helpful to you.
Keys to effective career planning
Building a career is a multiple stage process that involves a good planning and preparation as well as the final active push for the job search.
Choosing and developing a career is not a linear process: it is an dynamic process continually unfolding, shifting and changing through which the students will establish their current and future career objectives, assess their academic knowledge, their skills and experience. This process can be simplified into five main steps.
Career planning timeline
Phase 1. Assessment
Before you begin your internship or job search, you need to think about what you are want and look for in a career, understand yourself and your interests, spend some time to reflect on your career goals. Self-knowledge is a prior step in choosing a career path.
Phase 2. Exploring options
There are multiple career options within any given field or occupation. You need to proactively identify, understand the careers and find correlations between your undergraduate or postgraduate programme with potential career fields and professions. Learn about professions and establish career profiles with detailed description on work activities, work environment and skills requirements.
Phase 3. Gaining experience
Take seriously the career value of internship and volunteering. Investigate about training opportunities, part-time jobs, summer jobs and volunteer programmes to gain valuable experience and to build skills, knowledge and develop your employability profile.
Phase 4. Decision-making and objectives setting
Set your goals and make a comprehensive career plan to accomplish your objectives: what are my short-term and long-term career goals? What can I do to achieve my goals?
Phase 5. Performing and planning next steps
During your last year at the University you should be working on your job search as regularly and diligently as you work on your academic studies by developing an effective CV and cover letter, attending the career related events organized on the campus, conducting information interviews with professionals on or out the campus in your chosen career fields and creating your personal career portfolio.
Start your career action plan
Career planning involves several steps to engage each of the three years of your Bachelor programme. The Action Career Plan will help you to plan your career exploration ahead step by step as well as to make better-informed choices and take all the necessary actions to ensure your future career. Keep in mind that a career choice requires curiosity, enthusiasm, commitment, as well as guidance, so begin your career journey now and make your Action Plan.
Important factors to remember
- Career development is a proactive process and involves a regular evaluation and a personal investment; the element of time-investment works in favour of your future career.
- Choosing a major at University does not pre-determine your entire professional career.
- Planning your career as early as possible will make the process infinitely easier and less stressful.
- Always keep in mind that you need to project how your particular goals will benefit your future employer and organisation.
- The process of obtaining employment involves the same activities that marketing managers use to develop and introduce products in the market place: self-knowledge, opportunities research, promotion, and communication.
- Be flexible, your career life is not a linear journey and is expected to change and to evolve several times over the course of your working life.
- There is no single way for reaching success, you will navigate your own career creating a new path and defining your own professional life.
Shape your employability profile
For most students, employability on graduation is a major priority and they are all aware that employability skills have to be developed as a result of the teaching and learning process during their studies, from extra-curricular activities (volunteering or participating in a student association or society) or from work experience opportunities.
Employability skills, also known as competencies, are abilities, aptitudes, and qualities developed by students in any context that can be applied to an occupation or career following their studies. For many employers of new graduates, a good degree remains an essential entry requirement. But all employers today recognize that in order for graduates to be or to remain competitive in today’s employment market, they need to show a strong foundation built on academic achievements and additional skills to compete in the global marketplace.
During your life at the University, it is important to take advantage of all the opportunities offered on or outside the campus to raise your own awareness of the employability skills and to increase your ability to articulate these skills.
Learn about careers
Understanding functions and occupations is vital when applying for internships and jobs opportunities. Too often fresh graduates miss job opportunities because they have no idea about the job vacancy they want to apply which can lead applicants to frustration and recruiters to disappointment.
You need to bridge your information gaps about professions, industries, and sectors. Understand the job or function is the number one rule. Research (online and to support your job search) is essential. There are many ways to identify occupations that fit your personal profile: reading about them, researching them on the Internet, using self-assessment instruments, talking with professionals in the field, and attending company presentations on campus. To make sure you have the most accurate picture of a career and/or occupation, it’s best to use multiple methods to gather information.
A list of useful web sites covering functions and occupational clusters is available at the Corporate Relations & Career Services Office, which you can use to gather information about occupational fields in order to make better informed decisions. Once your selection is made, a list of job titles is provided. Each job title has a detailed description with information on tasks performed, skills, knowledge and education required, salaries, expected job prospects, what employees do on the job, outlook and similar job titles. Although the salaries are specifically targeted to a specific country (France, UAE, or US), the rest of the content is relevant throughout the international employment market.
Views of Employers: what do they think and want?
The Corporate Relations & Career Services Office is in contact with many employers throughout the year. Employers are asked to indicate the skills and capabilities they considered important when recruiting new graduates, the value of graduates who have first-rate communication skills, leadership, intellectual ability and team-working skills. They generally view social skills and personality type as even more important than the academic degree itself.
Other competencies also sought by employers include: awareness and understanding of the work environment and chosen industry sector; business or organization understanding; sense of initiative; confidence and winning attitude (the “can-do” mindset); character-personality; good writing skills; planning & organizational skills; numeracy, analysis & decision-making; creativity, and technical ability.
Besides, students should be aware that they need to present their employability skills to employers in a very effective manner.
Simply listing skills on a CV or cover letter, or even in an interview, will not be particularly convincing. Employers are used to students quoting such skills but they may amount to nothing more than clichés unless they are specific and backed up with evidence. A statement along the lines of ‘I possess excellent communication skills’ is virtually meaningless. It would be much better to state: ‘During my time working for Sales International, I developed strong communication skills. I had to make regular presentations to groups of 30 or more people and had to use my negotiating skills when trying to reach a deal with clients’.
Encouraging students to record evidence of their skills as they develop experience will provide them with a portfolio of examples to draw upon when making job applications.
Career Services overview
Our objective is to guide and assist students during their life at the University as well as to engage them with employers and experiential opportunities that can help them to reach their professional projects. Alumni can also come back to us for help and guidance (for more information, click here).
Individual career counselling
The Corporate Relations and Career Services Office provides short term individual counselling to students who wish to explore personal, interpersonal, professional or academic concerns.
Schedule an appointment: The 15-minute appointment is ideal to review a CV or cover letter or to answer quick questions about internship preparation or documentation. To schedule this short, 15 minute appointment you don’t need to register beforehand with the Career Services Office. The 30 & 45-minute appointments are suitable for assessments, or to explore career options, plan your job search, develop strategies for obtaining a job etc. Please book these longer appointments 72 hours (3 days) in advance.
Workshops conducted by Human Resources and advice, training and coaching given by experts and professionals cover the following topics:
- CV and cover letter writing
- Job search action plan
- Interviewing skills and techniques
- How can I find a mentor in my field
- Preparation for career forum & networking
- Social Media utilisation
Contact the Career Services Office for more information.
Career destination events
The Corporate Relations & Career Services offers students throughout the year various opportunities to meet professionals and to benefit from relevant career information. Types of events and activities proposed include:
- Round Tables on Careers: discussions conducted by business representatives from a large range of organisations and providing students with a better understanding of the working and business world;
- Conferences on economic sectors and/or major local or international corporations and groups of companies;
- Students’ visits to local companies & organisations;
- Annual Career Forum (“Astrolabe”). (see section Annual Career Forum)
The career resource library
The library is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and alumni. The career library includes books, directories and guides related to occupations, careers and employment.
You may search the library catalog by subject, title, author, or career keyword.
Meeting potential employers
Every year the Corporate Relations and Career Services Office is organizing an annual Career Forum called “Astrolabe” which is an important initiative aiming to provide a highly interactive platform connecting top organizations in the public and private sectors with PSUAD students and Alumni and facilitating their transition from education to professional life.
With the strong support of more than forty well-established companies, students have the opportunity with this one day-event to successfully map their career path while exploring various perspectives to ensure the most suitable professional choice.
Within the frame of the Career Forum, a broad programme of activities is elaborated to give the students the necessary insights on a large range of sectors, industry, and professions:
- The “Expo” with more than 40 companies and organisations covering many industry sectors and business activities
- A “Career Speed Networking” event comprising more than 30 speakers
In addition to these activities, students can also participate in the Best Students Awards competition and in the Job’ Interview competition. < Link : 2013 Astrolabe Career Forum (PDF Document) >
Reasons for participating in Astrolabe
Astrolabe Career Forum is a unique opportunity for students and Alumni to:
- Meet face to face with employers, professionals & HR managers and experts from a variety of industries.
- Find out about entry level positions and career paths.
- Gain insight into their chosen profession and industry and understand what major organizations expect from them.
- Explore various perspectives to ensure the most suitable professional choice and,
- Develop employer contacts to enhance their job search.
Who should participate
Whether you are graduating this year or just starting your first year at Sorbonne University, now is the best time to start participating at the Career Forum. It is a great opportunity with activities tailored to the different profiles of students: from Year 1 to Year 3 of Bachelors as well as to Masters Students. Remember, it is never too early to start networking.
Making the most of the Career Forum
Keep in mind that career forums should be just one small part of your entire job search process; however, they can be a very successful part. Last year many Sorbonne students found their first job or their internship at the Astrolabe Career Forum. Will these 12 tips guarantee your success? Of course not, but being prepared is the best way to increase your confidence and contribute to your success at the fair.
The Astrolabe is an early scientific instrument for measuring time and for observational purposes and is considered the first navigational instrument that was widely used by astronomers, navigators and astrologers. Astrolabe conveys a triple message:
- Astrolabe symbolises the type of guidance and strong directional assistance that Sorbonne University is aiming to provide to its students.
- Astrolabe, having been successfully developed and improved through the ages, became recognized as a reliable instrument. Indeed, Astrolabe Career Forum is a dependable and engaging platform, and a reference career event to facilitate meetings and exchanges between Sorbonne University and public and private business organisations that are willing to establish a long term and fruitful collaboration.
- Introduced to Europe via Islamic Spain, Astrolabe illustrates the Sorbonne motto : “A bridge between civilisations”. Furthermore, as a “bridge”, Astrolabe Forum calls for a closer dialogue and cooperation between Education and Business as well as between professionals and students.
Finding an internship
The CareerLink Mentoring Programme
The CareerLink Mentoring Programme is a new and effective career-developing scheme, now available at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, held between a selection of our students and senior industry professionals.
The CareerLink Mentoring Programme matches professionals (mentors) from all fields of expertise with our students (mentees) to help them develop and broaden their knowledge of the business and economic world, and to assist them in making well-informed decisions about their future. By using their skills, experience and valuable knowledge, the mentors, through a series of constructive meetings, develop the mentees’ full potential and supports them as they prepare to make the significant transition from education into employment.
Upon completion of the CareerLink Mentoring Programme, PSUAD graduates will possess a solid academic background and they will also have gained a real insight into the mechanics and principals of professional life, thereby enhancing their employability skills and future success in the work place.
Key objectives of the Programme
Career Mentoring is an effective way for mentees to:
- Become more knowledgeable about the work place by sharing professional skills, knowledge, and experiences with the mentor.
- Learn from the mentor what employers want when hiring graduates by sharing job interview techniques and raising an awareness of the culture and objectives of the business world.
- Develop self-confidence and encourage independent thinking.
- Explore career paths, broaden horizons, and provide networking opportunities.
- Prepare themselves for the transition out of University into the work place, and contribute to their better employability by making themselves better equipped to compete into an increasingly competitive global job market.
- Enter in a one-on-one partnership and commitment in which the mentor sets out specific activities and meetings conducted at mutually agreed times within the framework of an academic year.
- Build a relationship on mutual respect, constructive feedback, openness, and a willingness to learn and share.
Who can apply?
The CareerLink Mentoring Programme is open to Sorbonne Abu Dhabi postgraduate students and to students who are currently enrolled at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and who have completed a minimum of 3 to 4 semesters of study.
Applications from entrepreneurial students are particularly welcomed and we will endeavour to match them with a mentor who is suitably experienced in this area and best able to advise.
To find the information
Click on each topic below for more detailed information < they link to PDFs >:
- What is Career Mentoring?
- When does the CareerLink Mentoring Programme run?
- Duration and meeting frequency
- Mentees responsibilities
- Ideas for the types of topics or discussions mentees can engage in
- Code of conduct
- Mentoring with Alumni
- Student application form
A stepping-stone into the working world
Internships are a type of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development under the supervision and monitoring of a practicing professional in a professional setting.
It is an opportunity to gain real experience inside a working organization, to become more familiar with the business environment and to optimize your access to the workplace.
Internships are actively encouraged at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi as they allow students to experience supervised and meaningful work in a professional setting as well as to facilitate their entrance into professional life. Internships offer to the students the unique opportunity to work closely with professionals and to develop knowledge, competencies, and experience related directly to their career goals.
The Corporate Relations & Career Services Office is available to assist you in planning and organizing your internship. Our main objectives are to:
- Develop and maintain a database of internships in a variety of fields;
- Assist the students with their preparation for their internship experiences;
- Negotiate and arrange placements based on student and employer preferences;
- Oversee and evaluate the internship experiences of students and employers;
- Provide useful internship guidelines to students, amongst them: general conditions and recommendations in locating internships, application process and registration, duration, requirements, issuing documentation such as non-objection letter or internship agreement between the student, the company and Sorbonne Abu Dhabi.
Preparing for an internship
An internship is a great way to gain professional experience and make connections. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started
- Determine your goals and requirements. Ask yourself the following main questions:
- Where do I want to intern (type of organisation, industry, career field)?
- How much time can I commit?
- Is the internship a mandatory part of my academic curriculum?
- What skills do I want to learn?
- Do I need to be paid for my internship or can I take an unpaid opportunity?
- How will I commute to the internship? Does ‘it need to be easily accessible by public transportation?
- Write your CV and motivation letter and get them reviewed and critiqued
- Research opportunities, companies, and organizations of interest
- Schedule a meeting with the Corporate Relations and Career Services advisor
- Prepare for interview with the following steps:
- Attend an interview workshop
- Research the organisation
- Think about the questions you will be asked and the questions you should ask
- Practice your skills and make an appointment with your career advisor
The Corporate Relations and Career Services Office can help at every step of the internship search and application process which is an essential part of the internship learning experience. This includes providing the resources, preparation, guidance, and information that students need to be successful and in identifying major internship openings that will enhance their career potential.
The Office supports students in establishing the first contact to employers. Internships can be paid or unpaid and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship.
An internship may be pursued during the Fall or Spring semesters for students enrolled in the Masters programmes. The summer is an ideal time to pursue a full time internship for the majority of the Bachelor students.
Internships pursued for University credit involve providing the proper forms to the Corporate Relations and Career Services Office before the internship begins, and submitting completed assignments within a specific time frame after the internship is completed.
Students should verify with the Corporate Relations and Career Services Office or with the employer what required documents need to be provided before starting the internship. A no objection letter issued by the University, an internship agreement, or Ministry of Labour authorisation may be requested by some employers.
Keep in mind
Internship is the vital foundation for your future career. It is an opportunity to gain real experience inside a working organisation, to become more familiar with the business environment and to optimise your access to the workplace.
However, you should keep in mind that the recruiting process for an internship is often similar to that of a job search, requiring a formal application including a CV and cover letter and includes a selection interview with employers most of the time. In some sectors, competition may be fierce, so plan ahead and allow plenty of time for the search.
An internship search should be proactive and draw from all available resources: regular perusal of offers posted at PSUAD, research on potential employers, and networking with professional contacts obtained through acquaintances and relevant events.
Make contact early with the Corporate Relations and Career Services Office to obtain assistance.
Work experience on campus
It is well known that employers prefer to hire ‘well-rounded’ graduates. This means they look for graduates who have not just performed well academically, but have been engaged in a variety of activities other than their studies. Participating in student organisations and volunteering are indeed valuable experiences. Work experience on campus is definitely one component of the career planning process available to students through the Corporate Relations and Career Services Office.
Campus involvement and volunteering are designed to give students the possibility of gaining skills such as : organizing, promoting, brainstorming, communicating (speaking and writing), budgeting, planning, leading, coordinating, fund-raising, recruiting, tutoring, coaching, creating, and managing time.
Through the various opportunities available on campus, students can:
- Develop professional and technical skills
- Learn best practices
- Gain an understanding of workplace standard and ethics
- Develop leaderships skills
- Begin to develop a professional network
Participating in students organisations
Employers from many professions name leadership experience among the most valued qualifications of their employees. Developing and demonstrating leadership skills do not require having a specific title.
Find an organisation on campus that fits your interests and goals and simply get involved! Offer to head a committee or lead a project if you do not wish to run for an office. The Department of Cultural and Students Services can help you identify organisations related to your interests and goals.
Volunteer work opportunities on campus
Volunteering is a way to support the University and it can also be a way to contribute to your own professional development. Volunteer work, community experiences develop your employability skills, as they will help you gain valuable experience and put your skills to work in a field related or not to your studies. They will also help you to make a great contribution to the University in accordance with your personal values.
Part-time employment opportunities on campus
Working on campus as a part-timer is a great option because University employers are often more flexible about scheduling your work hours around your class schedule. Amongst the opportunities available on-campus, you can find part-time opportunities in the following departments or functions:
- Administrative positions
- Academic and Recruitment Departments
- Campus services (ex: Library)
- Sport activities
- Students services (cultural; career services; international programmes; etc)
- Communication, events organization
- Academic support & research: research assistant and teaching assistant; Refer to : Guide for undergraduate teaching assistantship
Be sure to check out the students’ employment policy for guidelines about how many hours you are allowed to work per week.
On-campus and off-campus interviews are arranged with companies, organisations, and agencies interested in recruiting PSUAD students. There are also career-specific events and activities offered throughout the academic year where you will meet, speak with, and submit your CV to potential recruiters from many different businesses.
The Corporate Relations and Career Services Office provides several resources linking you to part-time, summer, and full-time jobs in the private, public, non-profit, and government sectors.
Sometimes the recruitment event may be for the whole student body and sometimes only for students majoring in a particular area. It is therefore important that you read your Sorbonne Abu Dhabi mail and periodically check the website.
Your job search preparation should include:
- A job search checklist
- Your CV and cover letter
- Attendance at the Career Forum “Astrolabe”
- Contact with Employers
- Resources to help your job search
- Follow-up and keeping records of your job search
- Remaining persistent and focused
Watch our LinkedIn Grad Guide.
Student career services account
Available soon at the University: your Career Services’ Account.
Sorbonne Career Services’ Account is an online hub for career resources, including internships and job listings exclusively for Sorbonne undergraduates, graduate student and alumni. You will have 24/7 access and be able to sign up for on-campus events, schedule a career counselling appointment and managed employment-related documents.
Full-time and part-time students who have matriculated into an on-campus degree programme have access to Sorbonne Career Services’ Account.
Students have free access to their PSUAD Career Services’ Account.
How to register?
- Activate or update your career services account
- Student LOGIN
- Complete your profile
- Upload your CV, Cover Letter and transcripts
- Search for jobs and internships
- View career events
- View your activity
No matter what your situation is and no matter when you graduated, the Corporate Relations & Career Services Office offers career and job search coaching to all Sorbonne Alumni. Career Services can help you:
- Review career options in your chosen field
- Renew your job search to make a career switch
- Explore graduate or professional school or university
Feel free to contact us for any career or job-search question you have. We are here to help.
Career development does not stop once you graduate from PSUAD but continues to be an ongoing process. Below you will find a list of services that are offered by the University to help you in your ongoing career development. PSUAD has a variety of services available to you, whether you are a job seeker, an employer, or want to serve as a mentor.
Career services are available to Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s recent graduates and alumni two years or more after graduation who want to change careers and find that they need assistance.
By keeping your contact details updated with us you have the same access as our current students have, vis-à-vis searching our database for jobs, and uploading your resume for employers to see.
Career counselling to Alumni
Career advisors can meet individually with Alumni to assist with their career explorations and internships or job searches. No matter what your place in life or your career, the Office of Career Services is here to help you in your pursuit of advancement and success.
One-on-one career counseling for CV or cover letter review (approximately 15 minute session) do not require an appointment.
We are also available to help you prepare for interviews and practice your interviewing skills. Schedule an appointment in advance and visit our office. Services are available at no cost.
Special events and activities
The Corporate Relations and Career Services Office provides a wide range of informative events and activities throughout the year geared toward understanding the world of work. Alumni will have the opportunity to interact with top executives, civic and government leaders, and hiring managers in on-campus recruiting or during larger events like the Career Forum.
We invite you to join us at the Career Forum and at all the career destination events that the University is offering through the year whether you are an alumnus or an alumna searching for a job opportunity or as an employer looking to recruit a PSUAD top graduate.
Alumni Job board / Job posting
This job board is provided for Alumi to both post available positions at their organizations and to search for posted positions.
In addition to the information requested here, please make sure to include job responsibilities in the job description field and use the additional information section in the posting form to identify and add contact information of the individual conducting the search.
Each month, the Career Services Office receives job announcements from public and private sector employers who are looking for Sorbonne Alumni. These jobs are entered into our electronic job board, as we receive them.
Access to this site is exclusively available to Sorbonne Alumni and requires a username and password. If you do not have this information, please email us with your name, class year and email address.
All postings will remain on the site for 30 days.
New Alumni Users
For alumni who have never had an Alumni career network account, please visit the registration page to set up an account. You will receive a confirmation email once your account has been approved by an Alumni Career Services staff member. The process usually takes 2-3 business days.
For alumni who have previously registered for a career network account you can continue to use the account established as an undergraduate.
How to register?
- Activate or update your career services account
- Alumni LOGIN
- Complete your profile
- Upload your CV and Cover Letter.
- Search for jobs
- View career events
- View your activity
Becoming a career mentor
As part of our efforts to involve alumni in the future of their alma mater, the CareerLink Mentoring Programme is a voluntary programme run by the Careers Service working in conjunction with the alumni community. The aim of the programme is to support and encourage students to manage their own career development, maximize their potential, and develop skills to improve employment prospects. It is designed to ease the transition from study to employment for current students by bringing them together with professionals from public and private sectors.
In simple terms mentoring is a one-to-one relationship between a more experienced person and someone who is less experienced. This is a voluntary scheme that matches professionals (mentors), who might be recent graduates working in a particular area, with Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Students (mentees). It provides an opportunity for students to gain ‘real world’ insights into their chosen profession – who better to ask about a job than a person successfully doing it? Mentoring offers scope for the personal and professional development of both parties, especially in areas such as leadership and communication.
Our CareerLink Mentoring Program features alumni who have agreed to be contacts for junior and senior students in offering career and professional advice.
As a mentor you will be providing current students with the benefit of your experience in a particular profession or employment area.
Discussions could cover:
- exploring career options in your area
- recruitment procedures used by your organisation
- information about current developments in your occupation/organisation
- getting started in your career
- learning about the job market in your area
- advising on strategy to help career progression
- discovering the skills required for work in your field
Current students or recent graduates are very interested in hearing how others successfully made the transition from University to work. Alumni are invited to share their career stories for inclusion in our alumni profiles.
Alumni profiles provide insight on how the alums’ experience has benefited them in their professional growth and also showcases alums’ career paths.
PSUAD Alumni group on LinkedIn
Joining the PSUAD Alumni group represents many advantages to Alumni:
- You can identify new employers
- Check out the job offers posted by the University
- Get assistance from the Career Services advisor at the University
- Find contacts in your business sector or geographical area
- Ask other Alumni for advice on an entrepreneurial project
- Meet other business partners
- Allow Alumni to produce / generate their own content (related to business)
University activities and events:
- Stay informed about the current activities and programme developments of PSUAD
- Participate in events, academic programmes, research,
- Recruit our graduates and interns
- Find the latest appointments, new business ventures and other achievements made by fellow classmates
Corporate & Employers
The Corporate Relations and Career Services Office can help you to :
- Connect with PSUAD academic and administrative departments or student organisations;
- Recruit from a pool of talented undergraduate and graduate students;
- Connect with a network of more than 600 PSUAD Alumni;
- Promote your brand on campus;
- Build relationships with faculty, researchers across a broad range of disciplines from art and humanities to applied sciences.
The Corporate Relations & CareerServices is dedicated to working with the faculty and academic staff to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and career related experiences they need to be well prepared to ensure a transition from University into a graduate institution or into the workplace as seamless as possible. In addition to career services provided to students, we can also assist the academic departments in developing and incorporating career and employability skills preparation content into the classroom.
Learn about our career services
As faculty, you’re an important ally in helping students make informed decisions about their future and develop lifelong career management skills.
Our individually tailored advising services cover these areas:
- Career opportunities and planning
- Job search skills (includes resume preparation)
- Graduate school options
- Help you hire qualified work-study students and teaching or research assistants.
- Give a presentation to your class or a workshop on career-related topics—perhaps on a class day when a conference or other travel plan takes you out of town.
- Post jobs, internships, or co-ops offered by employers you refer to us in our My Career Online database
- (We hope you’ll share with us your employer contacts, or let them know how to contact us directly)
- Help your students with their career and internship/co-op planning
Class organisation presentation
We are eager to support the career development needs of the students in your class and we are able to bring the information to your class.
Typical topics can be customised and include:
- Career services overview
- How to write an effective CV
- Cover letter writing
- Interview tips
- Making an elevator speech
- Job search strategies
- General Career Exploration
- Using social media for your job search
- Getting ready for the Career Forum
We welcome the opportunity to bring career information into your classroom as well as to arrange presentations by professionals who can relate their experiences and how their education has helped them in their careers.
Sourcing quality experiential opportunities
Experiential education is such an important part of your students’ overall educational experience. Just ask any employer. Through our network of employers, we can help your students identify internship and cooperative education opportunities that will best serve them in their academic and professional pursuits.
Information about graduate and alumni outcomes
We are currently conducting a survey of all alumni to collect information on their post-graduation activities (further studies and employment situation). A report of the data collected will be available for analysis. Encouraging graduating students to complete the Alumni Employment Survey will contribute to your department objectives.
Connecting you with companies or employers
The Career Services office works directly with employers who often ask for the contact information of faculty members who could help them target students in a particular major or discipline. Ideally, employers would like to develop mutually beneficial relationships with faculty and can provide many forms of support. We can facilitate that connection.
Refer a student
Sometimes students may come to you for career guidance. Questions may range from jobs or internships available in a particular field of study to how to negotiate salary. Sometimes one question leads to many questions. And often students are unaware of the career resources available to them. If we can help you to better advise a student, please don’t hesitate to get us involved. Encourage your students to visit the Career Services Office for an appointment to learn about the many ways we can help.
Guidelines to academic departments for a requesting presentation or a workshop
Place your request with a three weeks minimum advance notice.
A minimum of 10 attendees for the workshops and of 20 attendees for the presentations is required.
Writing Letters of Recommendation
Faculty often get requests from students to write letters of recommendation for graduate schools, universities or job applications.
The Corporate Relations & Career Services Office encourages students to give their recommenders relevant information including their CV and details about their further studies, the institution to which they are applying or their career interests.
Tips on writing a compelling Letter of Recommendation:
- Reference specific skills that are relevant to the application and avoid quoting generic skills.
- Be specific about the student’s curriculum. How well does the student perform oral and written assignments? Select an academic student’s work (such as a project presentation, publication or essay) to demonstrate strengths and abilities. Note the student’s potential for intellectual development.
- Indicate how long and in what capacity you have known the student.
- Make your letter look official. Print the letter on PSUAD letterhead and seal it in a letterhead envelope.
Graduate Report Stats and Testimonials
2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report
In 2013 Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi conducted the first Alumni Perspectives Survey to understand the current employment status of our graduates as well as their further studies after graduation and their University experience.
The report includes industries in which students accepted internships, a breakdown of how students found their opportunities, and popular geographic locations for work and study.
The outcomes of the Alumni Perspectives Survey were published in February 2014.
Share your success story
The Corporate Relations and Career Services Office would like to hear from you. Thank you for providing a testimonial on your professional experience, which will help other Sorbonne Abu Dhabi students understand the importance of career planning and preparation.
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The Corporate Relations & Career Services Office welcomes your phone call, email, or visit.
If you are a student or Alumnus/Alumna seeking information, contact us at:
Corporate Relations & Career Services Office
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Cultural & Students Affairs Department
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Tel: 00 971 2 65 69 104
Fax: 00 971 2 65 01 204
Students and recent alumni can schedule 30 or 45 minute one-on-one appointments with a career advisor by calling three days in advance.