University of Essex

Employability opportunities

Hear from our students

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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 campuses:

  • 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
  • access to training courses and qualifications, including the European Computer Driving License scheme (ECDL Extra)

Placements and employability opportunities

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 placements.

    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 placements with.

    What do our students think?

    Headshot "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

  • Bloomberg training

    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.

  • EBS Student Engagement Team (SET)

    The EBS Student Engagement Team

    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.

  • Quantitative skills development

    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 marketing and 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.

  • Internships

    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.

  • 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 Business School:

    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 skills.

    Peer Mentors

    As a 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 undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

    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 competition.

    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 studies. Languages for All will give you a basic grounding in a foreign language, helping to prepare you for an international business career.

Successful Futures careers conference

Successful Futures is our annual careers conference for Essex Business School students, aimed at second year undergraduates. It gives you the chance to explore your future ambitions and understand what to do whilst at university to get your CV into great shape ready to secure graduate jobs.

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, including:

  • critical thinking
  • research and data analysis
  • report writing
  • quantitative skills
  • problem solving
  • leadership
  • communication
  • creativity

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 professional exams.

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

Headshot “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 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.

UROP placements

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills to enhance your CV and get paid a bursary.

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.