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Life after St Edmund's

Your time at St Edmund's is just a stepping stone, and we are leading the way amongst the other Colleges in taking an active interest in what happens next . The combined experience of our diverse Fellowship covers a broad spectrum, and we are particularly well placed to advise, inform and enlighten your choices, whether further degrees, research careers, regular employment or being an entrepreneur and starting your own business.  We coordinate a programme of lively, entertaining and informative events and activites open to all, which for 2018/19 includes:

Student careers questionnaire: We start by finding out what you think you will do after St Edmund's. Sent out with the student pack on arrival in late September.

Beginning of year College events: Gordon Chesterman, Director of the University's Careers Service and a College Fellow and Tutor for Careers, will speak at the new students induction meetings to signpost careers activities within the College and the University Careers Service. Friday 28 September at 3pm for new Undergraduate students; Monday 1 October at 5.30pm for new Masters and PhD students.

Careers Service Events The University's Careers Service hosts many Careers Events and Briefing Sessions, covering all employment sectors. Employers also visit Cambridge to host their own recruitment presentations, and as many as eight employers visit Cambridge each day in Michaelmas - check the list of events. Sectors such as Banking, Finance and Consulting start recruiting early in the academic year - engage with the Service early for these roles. 

College based talks and seminars: Occasional events incuding talks, seminars and presentations on topics of general interest and relevance to careers and enterprise.


The Cambridge Economy
Matthew Bullock, Master

This talk, delivered last year, is of general interest to anyone curious about the only region of the country outside London to make a net positive contribution to the UK economy. Particularly relevant to anyone contemplating staying and forging a career in Cambridge. You can listen to the podcast of the talk on the Careers Service website

Subject dinners: Students interested in pursuing their subject further into research and other subject-specific careers are encouraged to come along and chat with College Fellows and academics from relevant departments in a convivial setting. These dinners will be held in the Dining Hall alongside Tuesday formals.

6 November 2018 Natural Sciences & Medicine
12 February 2019 Economics, Land Econ & Finance
26 February 2019 Arts, Humanities & Law
5 March 2019 Maths & Engineering
12 March 2019 Social Sciences


Career skills sessions offered in College:  These highly practical 90 minute sessions are delivered by leading Training Consultant and Career Coach Katie D'Arcy. Held in the Garden Room, starting at 8.00 p.m. on three Thursdays. Please book-up using the Eventbrite link that will be sent in emails from the Tutorial Office nearer the time. Open to Lucy Cavendish College students too.

31 January 2019 CV and Cover Letters
7 February 2019 Interview Skills
14 February 2019 Communicating yourself and your work


'Eddies Connect'  Several of our alumni have been in touch, kindly offering current Eddie's students advice, information and guidance by phone or email. We're also in touch with College friends and members, also offering to assist you on careers and enterprise related matters. Example of these helpful volunteers include:-

  • A MD of a publishing company
  • Lawyers and Barristers
  • Management Consultants
  • CEO of an IT start-up
  • Hospital and healthcare professionals
  • An energy consultant in Brazil
  • An employer relations consultant in Washington
  • A Psychologist
  • An environmental lawyer
  • A UN Political analyst in New York
  • A Government admnistrator in Canada.
  • A solar energy manager in Africa

If you'd like to contact any one of these people, please send an email to the Development and Alumni Office on They will forward your email to the contact. Please include details about yourself: name, email, course, specialisms and career intentions, along with a question or two. They should then reply directly to you. Don't ask them for too much - requiring a lengthy reply - keep things simple to begin with.

Business idea competition: A competition open to all current students with a business idea. Prizes include £500 cash, and for the brightest idea a place on the coveted Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerate programme. Details to follow.

miniMBA in four hours: This successful event was first held last year and was a first in Cambridge and possibly anywhere in the world. Our Judge Business School Fellows and their colleagues cover the essence of an MBA course in a single morning. Scheduled for a Saturday morning in March 2019 - details will be circulated soon to all students and researchers.


The programme of events and activities is coordinated by the Careers and Enterprise Committee, which includes student participation. For further information, or to offer suggestions on what you would like to see offered in College, please contact