Your career options

Graduate profiles

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Our graduates acquire exceptional skills during their time at Essex and have gained jobs with a wide variety of top employers. IT graduates are in high demand and our graduate profiles demonstrate the versatility of the qualifications that we offer.

Skills

Computing and electronics are major industries both in the UK and across the globe and demand for graduates of these disciplines is outstripping supply. We regularly update our courses to keep up with current trends in the sector and ensure that our graduates have the skills that employers are looking for. As well as technical knowledge, you will leave Essex with transferable skills such as communication, team-working, analytical and numerical skills, time management and project management.

Most of our undergraduate courses give you the option of spending a year on an industrial placement or studying abroad, which can make you stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market.

All our students complete a capstone project in their final year, which you can hear more about in the video below:

Professional accreditation

Many of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). We encourage our students to become members of both organisations, and their accreditation of our courses gives you an accelerated pathway to full membership after you graduate.

Diverse career options

Our graduates have been very successful in finding employment as systems analysts, software engineers, programmers and electronic design engineers. Some of the companies and organisations where our former students are now employed include:

  • IBM
  • BT
  • EDS
  • Google
  • Force India F1
  • BAE Systems
  • Accenture
  • RBC Capital Markets.

Our undergraduate courses also equip you to pursue postgraduate study and research.

Employability and Careers Centre

Throughout your time at Essex, advisors at our Employability and Careers Centre will be available to help you formulate your career plan.

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

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.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.