Study Skills and Career Development

Study skills and career development

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Student development

What's your game plan? Maybe you've got no idea what you'll do once you graduate, or perhaps you've always known your dream job, but aren't quite sure how to get there.

We'll help you to make the most of your University experience and develop the skills you need to succeed and progress onto the next stage of your life and career. Find out more about the support and opportunities available on our Student Services Hub.

Achieve your academic potential

Every student arrives at Essex with spirit and determination, but we understand that everyone has a different academic background.

Our Skills for Success team will help you identify and improve your talents and strengths, and help with those areas that need a little refining for you to perform at your very best. We will:

  • Provide support and resources to improve your writing and study skills.
  • Provide free academic English classes for students with English as an additional language.
  • Offer support for you to improve your mathematics, statistics, numeracy and problem-solving skills.
  • Help you to develop your digital skills and learn to be effective online when you're studying, researching and networking, as well as ensuring that you are ready for the workplace.

Your future

Thinking about your career ambitions can be daunting, so it is best to get ahead of the game by developing your employability whilst at university. Our Careers Services are on hand to support you throughout your time at Essex, from adding work experience to your CV to refining your interview technique with professional advisers. We offer:

  • One-to-one sessions to discuss your future career ambition.
  • Workshops to help with everything from CV writing to interview skills.
  • Advice on part-time, vacation and graduate job opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Opportunities to meet and receive mentoring from employers.
  • The Big Essex Award - your chance to record your work experience and extra-curricular activities on your degree transcript.
  • Help to support you in starting your own business with advice, workshops and tips.
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Career support for life

You don't need to have your future all planned out. Our Careers Services offer friendly, professional support and one-to-one advice to students and graduates.

Find out more
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"One of the best things they offer is the Big Essex Award. It’s a great way to test yourself – you have to complete certain tasks, including extra-curricular work experience, writing a CV, and attending workshops."
Zsolt Gergely