Making the most of what we offer

Welcome All New and Returning Students

Here at Purple Door our aim is to support you as you prepare for the world of work.  

We’ll work with you as you explore the direction to take in terms of your future career, supporting you in identifying what you need to do to get to where you want to be.   

We’ll help you plan the steps you need to take to achieve your personal career aims.  We’ll encourage you to focus on gaining experience, both in the course of your study and outside of the University.

To help you navigate your way to all the support and guidance Purple Door offers please log in to MyPurpleDoor.

Expert Info

Specialist Careers Advice

Jobs and Work Experience

Volunteering and Mentoring Schemes

IBM Mentoring

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Expert Info

Purple Door’s team of expert advisers is ready to help you, no matter what stage of your University life – it is never too early to come in and talk to us.  

You don’t need to make an appointment for an initial discussion or simply to see for yourself what we offer at our centre in Guildhall Walk.

We have specialist teams who provide professional careers advice, employment and recruitment services, employer events, advice on job sourcing, job applications, CV writing, and interview preparation.  

You can be sure of support that is tailored to meet your individual needs.

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Specialist Careers Advice

Our experienced Careers Advisers will help you to develop skills to:


  • Identify what you want from a career or further study and what you have to offer
  • Research the options open to you
  • Evaluate your options and make decisions on the best route for you
  • Plan how to achieve your career goals
  • Reflect on your skills, knowledge and experience that will help you on your career path
  • Present yourself effectively on paper and in person.


Appointments with a Careers Adviser can be booked either by calling in to Purple Door in person or by telephone.

Initial careers information and advice is available from the Purple Door Information Team who offer a one-to-one drop-in service throughout Purple Door’s opening hours.   

The Information Team advisers can talk through any enquiry you have, whether that’s around how to gain experience or where to look for specific career information, and signpost you to the most appropriate information or service within Purple Door so that you can move forward.  

The team will also provide advice on preparing your CV, composing cover letters, initial career options research, using MyPurpleDoor and planning your job search.

Faculty careers advisers

  •          Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries: Paul Barnes (Ext 2689)
  •          Faculty of Humanities: Janet Woolnough:  (Ext 6545)
  •          Faculty of Science: Liz Holford (Ext 2687)
  •          Faculty of Technology: Kelly Biggs (Ext 2668)
  •          Portsmouth Business School: Jacqui Adams (Ext 3778)

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Jobs and Work Experience

Work experience and placements can make a significant contribution to strengthening your future employability.  

Our professional Recruitment Team in Purple Door work with local, regional and national organisations and individuals to provide opportunities, throughout your studies, to enable you to meet employers, apply for local part-time roles and seasonal work, internships and eventual graduate roles. 

The Recruitment Team also works closely with your Faculty Placements teams to support you in applying for suitable placement positions. 

We offer a range of events providing opportunities to meet and talk with employers, or to take part in mock interviews or mock assessment centres with recruiters.  These events include both subject specific fairs attended by employers and recruiters, as well as individual employer presentations.  

The Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair on 12 October 2016 is a major event in the recruitment year, where you can talk to employers from a broad range of employment sectors about their graduate and placement opportunities. 

Events at Purple Door are advertised through MyPurpleDoor, along with access to our Online Jobs Board, so be sure to update your MyPurpleDoor profile to ensure you receive the latest alerts for events and jobs most suited to you. 

For expert information and support about local graduate roles you should consider registering with our Purple Door Recruitment Consultancy.

Faculty leads for the Recruitment Consultancy are:

Purple Door Recruitment Consultants can be contacted on 023 9284 2684 or email

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Volunteering and Mentoring Schemes

Our Volunteering Team works with students who have the commitment and skills to make a difference to local communities, and the insight to recognise the rewards which they as volunteers accrue.

Students of all ages and backgrounds are currently working with local organisations and groups on a range of programmes.

In doing so, they are developing important skills and attitudes which employers want and will reward.

We maintain a volunteer bank with at least 170 roles being advertised online at any one time during the first and second semesters and have volunteers working with 130 different organisations.

The annual Volunteering Fair will take place on Thursday 20 October between 11am and 3pm in the Third Space.

Examples of recent volunteering projects

  • British Red Cross - Emergency Reserve Volunteer
  • Portsmouth Mediation Service - Restorative Practitioner Volunteer
  • Hospital Meeter & Greeter - League of Friends
  • Barnardo's - Family Intervention Project
  • No. 6 Cinema - Cinema Operations Volunteer
  • Portsmouth Foodbank - Reception Volunteer
  • Motiv8 - Youth Support Worker
  • The Shaw Trust - Jobseeker Support Volunteer
  • Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Service - Museum Heritage Volunteer

Volunteering Team Contacts

Contact Jane, Rachel or Courteney on 023 9284 2684 or

IBM Mentoring

At the heart of the IBM Mentoring Scheme is the opportunity for first year students to work closely with an IBM staff member regarding employability, recruitment processes, key competencies employers are looking for and to learn from the mentor’s personal experience and build confidence.

Students also have the unique opportunity to visit the IBM Head Office in North Harbour Portsmouth and gain a first-hand insight into professional life.

The scheme runs from January to May and students meet with their mentor once a month.

Please contact Christine Firkins on 023 9284 6564

IBM Mentoring Scheme

Details will be advertised on our website from October.

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What now?

We will work with you to help you secure the future you want. We can provide you with information, advice and guidance to enable you make the right choices at the right time.

Through volunteering and mentoring schemes and our part time work jobs board we can help you make the most of your skills and interests and enable you to take full advantage of your Portsmouth University graduate status.

Contact us today!

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