Employability and careers
The graduates who really succeed are the ones who put in that little bit
extra. We support you in making the most of your time at university and when
you're ready for the next step, our Employability and
Careers Centre and extended alumni network will help you navigate the job
Our placement years give
you a whole year in a role of your choice. This is your employability
trump card. An opportunity to gain real-world experience that’s directly
relevant to your career path, this shows prospective employers you’re a real
What makes Essex special?
- Our award-winning placement scheme Frontrunners
offers paid work on campus.
proves you are committed and reliable as well as community-focused.
- Our Employability Award is for
people who are serious about getting an amazing job.
- Lots of study abroad and placement year options.
- Our careers staff provide
one-to-one support throughout your time at Essex.
- We ensure career skills are
embedded in your modules and courses and arrange for companies to visit campus.
- Our Career Mentoring service can partner you with established business professionals and/or Essex alumni to help your ideas and confidence grow.
- Once you’ve left Essex, you can still benefit from our
support for the rest of your life!
Learn a language at no extra cost
Our award-winning Languages for All
scheme enables you to learn a new language, including Arabic, French, German,
Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish at no extra cost.
This is your golden ticket to employment, demonstrating determination and
commitment, as well as being incredibly useful in the workplace. It won the
European Language Label for being an innovative project.
Earn while you learn
There are lots of opportunities to
while you study. Jobs range from bar, retail or administrative work, to roles as
a web designer or sports coach. We’ll help you find a suitable part-time job, as
well as Frontrunner posts, internships and other vacation work.
Our multi award-winning Frontrunners scheme
gives you the opportunity to undertake paid, challenging, career-relevant
employment within the University. This can help you to develop the higher-level
skills you need to compete for the best jobs once you graduate. This is as good
for us as it is for you: we benefit from your vibrancy, your ideas and your
Showcase your achievements to potential employers
All your academic and extra-curricular achievements will go on your digital
transcript, the Higher Education Achievement
Report (HEAR), which you can share with potential employers.
You can also complete the Big Essex
Award, which helps identify the skills you’ve developed over your time at
Essex so that you can show future employers why they should hire you.
We offer an Alumni Loyalty
Discount if you stay on for postgraduate study, which can reduce your
first-year postgraduate tuition fee by up to 33%.
We’ve had over 50 years of global impact. Our students have gone on to become
important and significant people around the world. At Essex we give you
every opportunity to make a difference.