Support for Essex graduates

Essex graduates continue to get exclusive personal support from our Employability and Careers Centre.

All graduates can access careers advice and guidance from the Employability and Careers Centre for 3 years after they graduate and can access our Careers Information Resources for life.  

The University of Essex’s Employability and Careers Centre have negotiated exclusive rates for Essex graduates with career consultants, Career Circus. We can refer you to one of Career Circus’s specialist advisors if you contact the centre on 01206 87 2494 or email or if you would rather go direct, please quote your year of graduation and course so Career Circus can apply the discount.

“I'm very grateful that I went to a university that doesn't forget about their graduates and aims to provide all the opportunities they can.”
Elsie Dinha, BSc Social Psychology and Sociology, 2015

Support for 2016 graduates: the Class of 2016

For those who are about to graduate, welcome to the Class of 2016! Being part of the Class of 2016 doesn’t just mean graduating in the same year. Essex is for life, so though it may seem like the end, we’ll be here to support you in taking your next steps into the exciting world of work.  

If you’ve not already signed up, do so now on CareerHub (log in with your Essex details).

If you are having trouble accessing CareerHub since you graduated please visit our Accessing Essex CareerHub page.

  • Essex Interns

    Think an internship isn’t for you? Think again. A paid graduate internship could be your stepping stone to a graduate career. Our dedicated Essex Interns scheme could help you to arrange a paid internship, close to where you live and in the sector you’re interested in.  

    Being part of Class of 2016 also gives you access to paid internship opportunities created exclusively for University of Essex graduates, giving you a chance to show future employers that you have gained real hands-on experience. 

  • Creative access internships

    Find paid graduate internships in the creative industries through high quality support and information for BAME graduates.   

    Contact us for more information on how to apply,

  • Graduate Development Scheme

    The University of Essex has created a new scheme for recent graduates seeking jobs at Essex. Posts covered by the scheme will be ring-fenced, in the first instance, to Essex graduates from full time undergraduate degrees who graduated in July 2016, and have the right to live and work in the UK. Successful candidates will be offered the opportunity to undertake a Post Graduate Certificate whilst in role, and engage in career development guidance from the Employability & Careers Centre. Look out for vacancies on the University website. The Employability & Careers Centre will support you in your application, and help you to prepare for your interview.

  • Suited and Booted Grants

    If you’ve sourced your own internship, you could get up to £125 towards the cost of getting yourself ‘business ready’ and making sure you’re dressed to impress on your first day.  

    Contact us for more information on how to apply,

  • New Year, New You Grants

    Is your internship coming to an end? If you’ve found an internship yourself and its set to end in Jan 2017, you could be eligible to apply for a grant to help stretch your internship out a little longer.  

    Contact us for more information on how to apply,

  • Fully-funded Postgraduate Certificate in New Ventures Creation

    Calling all entrepreneurs: you could qualify for a fully funded place on our Postgraduate Certificate in New Venture Creations which runs in January 2017 for six weeks. Delivered by the Essex Business School, this package includes; accommodation, a weekly allowance for expenses and the opportunity to pitch for £500 to cover your initial start-up costs.

    As well and receiving a postgraduate qualification for your CV it's also the perfect opportunity to kick start your business adventure. What's not to love? Register your interest on CareerHub to get on the waiting list.

  • Next Step Grants

    Thinking about setting up your own business, becoming self-employed or a freelancer but worried about how you’ll afford it?  

    We know those first few weeks can be really expensive so, exclusively for the Class of 2016 we’ve established ‘Next Step’ grants of £250 each to help with those early costs.

    There’s no catch but grants are limited. Email Sarah Chapman,, for application details. 

  • East 15 Awards

    An opportunity to win funding to create a new theatre company.  

    Open to East 15 BA Graduates, this award facilitated the creation of ten new companies last year, helping them to put on new productions and to share their talents with a wider audience. Why not join them?  

    Contact us for more information,

  • Professional development workshops

    Providing a range of workshops to help maximise your chances of getting your dream job. These workshops are a great confidence booster and help to improve your personal impact using practical, tried and tested techniques.

    Contact us for more information,, or visit CareerHub to book on.

  • Ongoing careers support

    Once you graduate, you’ll have a dedicated careers advisor contact on call to support your individual needs when you need them. They’ll help you get expert advice from the right professional in our team and support you in accessing any part of the Class of 2016 offer.  

    As a member of the Class of 2016 you can have extended hour–long appointments to discuss your career direction, or get help with specific applications or interviews.   

    You can speak to us by phone, Skype, e-mail or if you are back on campus why not book an appointment at the Employability and Careers Centre on Square 2.

  • Your alumni membership

    You automatically become part of the alumni community when you graduate, one of nearly 90,000 alumni in 130 countries. With invitations to exclusive social and professional networking events in the UK and internationally, alumni benefits including JSTOR access and discounts on postgraduate study, an alumni card for getting in to campus events and a monthly newsletter, Essex is here to support your next steps.

The University reserves the right to vary terms and conditions without prior notice. This information is correct at the time of going to print.

External resources

Online community

Alumni online community

As an Essex graduate there are lots of ways to keep in touch, and the best place to start is by registering on our alumni website and making sure your details are up to date.


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Start your job search and career development now with the new Essex CareerHub resource. Log in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board and book on to our events.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Research degrees

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Our reputation for outstanding research means that studying your research degree at Essex gives you a chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding.