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Handshake's early career network  connects universities, employers, and students - driven by a simple mission to democratise opportunity.

A Network of Opportunity

Bespoke systems create silos. Handshake believes that technology should break down barriers.
Not create them.

One platform to recruit at every university - absolutely free.

Handshake empowers all organisations, big and small, to recruit early talent.

Engage students proactively through Handshake

Students from all backgrounds self-select themselves out of positions based on their perceptions of what an organisation may want. Proactive recruitment can prevent this.

A trusted partner of more than 1000 universities

They’ve been a tremendously valuable partner. Support, positive influence, encouragement, reliability, all of all of those words can genuinely be applied to the Handshake team.

- David Ainscough, Deputy Director, University of Cambridge Careers Service.

Authentic human connection meets early career recruitment

Handshake's early career network enables universities to support students at every stage of their career development journey. Hundreds of features work together realise our mission. At the centre of it all is an emphasis on creating authentic, human to human connections.


Connect students with careers teams with our industry leading appointment management system.


Create guides for students to progress through as they move through their career journey. Perfect for managing award programs

Virtual Fairs

Integrated into the Handshake platform is a native virtual career fair platform. Live 1:1 video conversations and group sessions create authentic connections at scale.

Employer Network

Handshake's integrated CRM makes supporting existing relationships a breeze. Discover new opportunities for your students with the Handshake network.

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Partner Stories

University of Cambridge

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Not all Virtual Career Fairs are made equal - Katherine Brewster, FDM Group

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Increasing student engagement with Handshake - Katherine Brewster, FDM Group

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