Hear from our students
Our graduates and placement students enjoy rewarding roles at global organisations like PWC, IBM and Deloitte. Many go on to work in entrepreneurial SMEs and even start their own businesses.
Read their stories to see what an EBS degree can do for you.
It’s not just our career-focused courses that help you compete in the
graduate job market. You can take advantage of bespoke career support and
employability opportunities from placements to internships, and even the
chance to learn a new language for free.
In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our
international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or
study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers). Our campuses are
located an hour from London and the East of England is home to household
names, including Aviva, Bernard Matthews, Virgin Money, Kettle Foods.
Careers advice and support
The School’s dedicated employability team works alongside the
University’s Employability and Careers Centre
and provide a number of services to help you secure
part-time work or your dream graduate job. These services are available
whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student at either of our
- skills workshops on topics such as writing CVs, personal statements and
job applications, mock interviews, assessment centres and psychometric tests
- one-to-one tutorials, tailored to your needs
- career drop-ins
- employer talks
- access to careers resources
- job fairs and our Successful Futures Conference
- access to training courses and qualifications, including the
European Computer Driving License scheme (ECDL Extra)
As well as giving you the chance to attend employer talks and visits, we
help you to stand out from the crowd with opportunities for work experience,
volunteering and to gain new skills.
Undergraduate placement years
All undergraduate students are encouraged to undertake a paid
work placement year, except those on language courses, during their third
year to put their academic knowledge into practice and gain valuable work
experience to add to their CV. A placement extends your course by a year at no
extra cost – you do not pay tuition fees during your placement year (2017 entry).
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support
throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements.
However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own
role that best suits your career aspirations. Both our Southend and Colchester
Campuses are around an hour's journey from London and our Colchester home is
located on the University's
Knowledge Gateway, providing excellent opportunities for networking and
Samsung, BMW, Hiscox and many top communications agencies and fast-growing
SMEs are just some of the companies our students have embarked on rewarding work
What do our students think?
"I secured a one-year placement with BMW working in the financial services
department. The EBS employability team have been invaluable throughout my
placement search. Their mock telephone interviews and advice on assessment
centres have developed my confidence and helped me perform at my best throughout
the application process."
Nishan Balasingham, BSc Banking and Finance
Essex Interns is a paid internship scheme
exclusively for all University of Essex students and graduates, offering
part-time roles while your study, or full-time roles outside of term time.
Our award-winning frontrunners scheme offers
paid placements on campus within departments, sections and administrative areas
with the University. You get on-the-job training and a placement supervisor to
guide you along the way, giving you the chance to put your business skills into
practice well before the summer vacation or your placement year.
How frontrunners helped me land a graduate job
Essex Business School student Ana tells us about the skills and
experience she gained through her frontrunners placement and how it helped
her secure a graduate job immediately after leaving university.
EBS Student Engagement Team (SET)
The SET organises events and social activities for our community of
undergraduate and postgraduate students to network and have fun.
As a paid opportunity for events management and marketing experience, they
work closely with the EBS Marketing Team to provide support with a range of
activities, from competitor research to social media. They also take part in
focus groups and promote the sharing of cultural, intellectual and social
experiences within the School.
Undergraduate peer mentoring
Peer mentoring is a great way to support your fellow undergraduate students
and can make a valuable addition to your CV. Mentoring shows employers that you
have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, which are essential
qualities in any effective manager.
There are several opportunities for undergraduates to become mentors at Essex
Peer Engagement Ambassadors (PEAs)
As a second year, you can support new students to settle into university life
by running study skills workshops and offering advice and guidance on being a
student at EBS. As well as being a fantastic volunteering opportunity, joining
the PEAs can develop your presentation and training skills.
Peer Assisted Learning (PALs) Mentors
In your third year, you can build on your public speaking skills by running
weekly clinics to help your fellow students improve their maths and Microsoft
Peer Mentor, you advise students on important aspects of university life,
such as submitting coursework and accessing online resources.
Support for student startups
Why wait until you graduate to start your own business? As an entrepreneurial
school, we support our students to begin their own ventures, even if they’re not
studying our entrepreneurship
Essex Startups organise
networking events for student entrepreneurs and provide you with advice
throughout your startup journey, including running workshops at both of our
campuses on topics such as:
- starting your own business
- marketing and branding
- creating business plans
You can even win business funding by taking part in the annual Big Pitch
At EBS, we also give you the chance to enter international competitions, such
as the Universities Business Challenge.
Languages For All
As an Essex student, you can learn a language for free alongside your
Languages for All will give you a basic
grounding in a foreign language, helping to prepare you for an international
All students can take advantage of free Bloomberg training, giving you access
to live financial and business data used by leading accountants, managers and
marketers worldwide. We provide you with a real-world perspective on how tools
such as our Bloomberg Financial Market Lab are used to make decisions in trading
floors across the globe. You can gain first-hand experience of trading stocks
and securities well before you graduate.
Improve your quantitative skills
Employers are looking for graduates with quantitative skills to analyse data,
design and commission research and make strategic business decisions. Essex is
one of just three universities in the country to have received
Q-Step Affiliate status for our social science courses. As part of this
affiliation, undergraduate students in almost all of our
banking and finance courses, as well as
management courses at our Southend Campus, have the option of pursuing a
quantitative pathway called Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM). AQM is a
qualifier that is added to your degree transcript. Being on the AQM pathway
gives you the opportunity to be placed in paid summer internships at a select
group of companies and governmental entities.
What can an EBS degree do for you?
A business degree from Essex Business School gives you the knowledge and
skills to work in high-profile organisations in the widest range of sectors and
countries. Our undergraduate and
postgraduate courses are academically stretching, but focused on solutions
to real-world problems. You gain vital transferable employability skills,
- critical thinking
- research and data analysis
- report writing
- quantitative skills
- problem solving
All first year undergraduates take a module in
Research and Study Skills for Professional Development and many of our
accounting, banking and finance courses give you exemptions from
If you're looking to work overseas, undertaking a
year abroad will give you valuable experiences of another language and
culture, adding an international dimension to your CV.
What our students say
“I’ve received career guidance and support when applying for internships both on
and off campus. The CV and interview workshops have been particularly valuable
and interesting – I’d advise every student to book an individual appointment to
help improve their CV.”
Aleksandra Milosheva - BSc Management and Marketing
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.
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
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.