This article will explain how and where you can get careers advice, and what you can get help with.


The University of Portsmouth’s employability service, Purple Door, offers careers advice to all University of Portsmouth current students and graduates for up to five years after finishing university.

What can I get careers help with?

Purple Door provides information, advice and guidance for part-time work, work experience, volunteering, graduate jobs and further study on the following areas:

Career planning and getting into your chosen sector. For some people, talking through their ideas and thoughts about career planning and options can be really helpful and you can do this by visiting us at Purple Door.  You can also make a start by using our advice and resources online.

  • Covering letters and CV advice. Purple Door offers CV and covering letter reviews - just drop in with a hard copy of your CV and covering letter for help from our experts. If you've never written a CV or covering letter before, we can help with that too! Just pop in for some advice or take a look online.

  • Linkedin profile advice. LinkedIn is increasingly being used by employers and corporations. We offer LinkedIn reviews to ensure your online presence is up to date and reflects the information on your CV.

  • Applications and speculative applications. We have information and advice to help you with your application forms as well as speculative applications. You can also book an appointment to have your application reviewed by an expert.

  • Interview advice and telephone interview advice. If you've got an important interview coming up, take a look at our online advice or come in to Purple Door for some top tips. We also offer mock interviews giving you a chance to practice answering questions and receive feedback from the experts.

  • Assessment centres and psychometric tests. For many students and graduates applying for placement or graduate roles this is the first time they experience an assessment centre or psychometric test. There is no need to worry - they are just a way to assess the skills and competencies you can offer! The best thing to do is practice and we have a range of free practice resources for you to have the best chance possible.

  • Graduate jobs. If you've just graduated or are about to graduate and want to get ahead,  it's important to understand how to search for jobs online. You will need to understand job markets for your particular sector. Take a look at our online resources or come into Purple Door for more information and support.

  • Further study. If you're thinking of further study and want to talk through your ideas, or if you want to discuss your career options related to different courses, you can book a one-to-one appointment with a careers adviser.

  • Working globally. Thinking of pursuing a career abroad? We have lots of online advice regarding working globally and you can also discuss this with a careers adviser.

  • Enterprise. If you’re thinking about starting up a business, want to develop a project or business for the benefit of the community, set up as a freelancer/self employed, to produce a product/service idea, have a self-Employment Placement Year both students and graduates* can access our impartial confidential business support through our Enterprise Clinic, workshops and funding.


  • You can find out how to book an appointment or sign up for our events by reading our article on ‘How can I book a careers appointment or event with Purple door?’ from the related articles box below.

    How to Contact us

    Visit us at:

    Purple Door

    University of Portsmouth

    28 Guildhall Walk

    Portsmouth

    PO1 2DD

    Opening hours:

    Monday–Thursday: 8.30am–5.15pm

    Friday: 8.30am–4.15pm


    Telephone or Email:

    t: +44 (0)23 9284 2684

    e: purpledoor@port.ac.uk


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