essex business school

Career support

Student seeking career suport
It’s not just our career-focused courses that can help you compete in the graduate job market. 

You can take advantage of bespoke career support and employability opportunities from placements to one-to-one tutorials on CV writing, job application checks and advice on applying for postgraduate study.

Our Essex Business School Jobs Today newsletter can keep you up to date with upcoming job, placement and work experience opportunities. 


Our career statistics
  • Our graduates work for the likes of PWC, EY and Deloitte, as well as innovative SMEs.
  • 79% of all our undergraduate leavers were in graduate level work or study within six months (DLHE 2017).
  • 93% of our EU undergraduates leavers were in graduate level work or study within six months (DLHE 2017).

How can we help your career?

Degrees for career success

A business degree from Essex Business School can give 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 can gain vital transferable employability skills, including:

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

All undergraduates undertake an employability module in their second year to help prepare them for the graduate jobs market so they can take advantage of opportunities at the point they’re advertised. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, with some giving exemptions from professional exams.

Join our Student Engagement Teams

At our Colchester Campus, our Student Engagement Teams give you the chance to develop your employability skills by applying for a range of volunteer and paid roles within the School.

You may choose to help out as a Course Rep, mentor fellow students or deliver study skills clinics as a member of our SET PALs team. SET Connect also organise events and social activities for our community of undergraduate and postgraduate students to network and have fun.

Undergraduate placement years

We encourage all our undergraduates to undertake an optional placement year (except those on language courses, who study abroad instead). This paid work experience gives you the chance to put your academic knowledge into practice and gain valuable skills to add to your CV.

We 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.

Our students have embarked on rewarding work placements with the likes of Samsung, BMW, at top communications agencies and fast-growing SMEs. Alternatively, you may choose to study abroad for a year to experience the culture and language of another country.

Bloomberg training

In Colchester, all students can take advantage of free training to use Bloomberg, the information platform used to solve global business problems. You learn how to access and analyse live financial and business data used by leading accountants, managers and marketers worldwide.

You gain 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.

Read our Bloomberg journal to see how our students use the system.

Successful Futures Conference

Successful Futures is our annual careers conference for Essex Business School undergraduates in their second year. 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.

Alina Jipa
“My course has made me more customer focused and gave me a broad knowledge of accounting, finance, marketing and HR. Terms like KPIs, SWOT analysis and business strategy are now things I use almost every day.”
Alina Jipa Operations Manager – Acquisitions at Hiscox BSc Marketing and Human Resources Management (2013)

Graduate outcomes

Our graduates are ambitious and enjoy rewarding roles all over the world at large organisations and exciting SMEs such as:

  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Bank of England
  • WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
  • Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency

We’re also proud of our expanding number of entrepreneurs, including:

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is just one example of how we connect with industry, helping to ensure our courses provide you with the skills you need for the workplace. The role of the Essex Business School Advisory Board is:

  • to provide advice on the strategic development of Essex Business School, including teaching, research and knowledge transfer
  • to enhance the reputation of Essex Business School and promote its activities
  • connect and engage with our stakeholders
  • to increase external support for Essex Business School with the aim of securing additional capital and operational funding for the School

Our board