Supporting your success

Careers and employability

Careers Fair 2018

Your prospects and your future matters

What's your game plan? Where do you see yourself when you leave us? 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. Is there a company you want to work for, or maybe you want to start your own business?

Having a good qualification isn't enough these days. The jobs market is competitive and you need to stand out. At Essex, we make sure you do.

Our careers services can help you with a wealth of support to jump-start your career after you graduate with us. From career dedicated modules in your courses, to providing mentoring for your chosen career.

Interested in starting your own business? The Essex Startups team supports our entrepreneur students and graduates start their own business and can even help with funding to kick start your everything off.


Looking to study with us? Sign-up and keep in touch and we'll ensure you have all the information you need to know.

Did you know?
  • 88% of our graduates are in employment or further studies - Graduate Outcomes 2022
  • We are the number 1 University in the UK for Knowledge Transfers Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme, with 40 KTPS across eight academic departments. Giving you access to a range of excellent business links direct within your department.
  • Our dedicated Career Services Team organises a range of opportunities, such as careers fairs, support with your job application and CV as well as advice and guidance, and opportunities to gain additional experience.

Take your degree further

Every student arrives at Essex with spirit and determination to succeed. But, once you graduate you need to know you are set for great things. At Essex we prepare you for what happens next, we give you the support to find the career that's right for you and help you build your CV so you are ready for your next challenge.

Identify your talents and maximise your potential

Our Skills for Success team and Careers Services Team will help you identify and improve your talents and strengths and help you maximise your potential CV. 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.
  • Provide one-to-one sessions to discuss your future career ambition.
  • Organise career events, workshops and advice sessions to help with everything from CV writing to interview skills.
  • Give advice on part-time, vacation and graduate job opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Provide opportunities to meet and receive mentoring from employers.
  • Run the Chart my Path and 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 with Essex Startups.

Build your CV and gain valuable skills and work experience

As well as these opportunities we also have a variety of other ways for you to bolster your CV, such as learning new skills or part-time working:

  • Become a frontrunner - the university’s own work placement scheme, helping you to develop your skills, knowledge, and experience in a supportive, familiar environment. We offer a range paid placements across the university, so, whatever your interests and career aspirations, make sure you get involved.
  • Work for the SU in one of the many outlet's around campus.
  • Learn a new language with Languages for All. Languages for All is our award-winning programme which gives Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost, for one year. Additional tuition in subsequent years is available for a fee.
  • With Data for All, every student has the opportunity to learn vital data skills, at no additional cost. We offer a wide range of programmes to develop these skills and build upon the career and employability opportunities we provide. 
  • Gain quantitative skills and enhance your degree with Q-Step. As a member of Department of Government, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology or Essex Business School you'll be able to follow the Q-Step pathway where you will receive a qualifier award at the end of your degree which will signal to employers your capability in quantitative research. Whilst taking part in Q-Step you will also get the chance to undertake paid work placements of up to £300 per week.
  • In most degree subjects we offer the opportunity for you to include a work placement year as part of your undergraduate degree – this will usually be a one year long paid work placement in industry, relevant to your field of study. We also offer Masters programmes with a Professional Placement in selected subjects. The Careers Development team can offer advice on how to find a placement if one is included in your degree. The team can also help to provide any necessary Right to Work documentation which may be required if you are studying with us with a student visa. You’ll also receive support and guidance before and throughout your placement period to make sure everything goes smoothly.
  • Find opportunities to take on Internships or volunteer for a variety of different roles.

Whether you are a UK or International student there are plenty of opportunities for you to prepare for your future career. As an international student however, there may be restrictions to the number of hours you can work whilst studying in the UK.

Online job portal and support after you graduate

As an Essex student, you'll have access to CareerHub, where you can search for jobs and internships; book on to employability events and workshops,; and book careers-related appointments with our advisers.

You'll also have access to CareerHub after you graduate and become an Essex Alum too.

As an Essex graduate you'll also have access to Generation Essex our careers support package for final year undergraduates and graduates - we'll support you for 15 months after you graduate. We also have a range of support for graduates beyond too. 

Rising Stars

Celebrating diversity and giving every study the same opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential regardless of their background, ethnicity, or disability.

Sadly, many students often find there are consistent gaps in their degree outcomes to their peers, through no fault of there own. We created Rising Stars to face this challenge head on, to ensure that each individual feels represented, empowered and confident in the possibilities and potential of what they can achieve. As a Rising Star, you’ll have access to a year-long programme of events featuring inspirational guest speakers, a variety of personal and professional development opportunities, and a network of peers and professionals. 

Photo of Gifty Antwi, BEng Electronic Engineering student
"I think studying at Essex has already helped with my employability due to the opportunities that I have been involved in. Last summer I completed an internship abroad in Accra, Ghana where I worked at a steel works gating company working on motors and installations. I am also a Senior Student Ambassador at the University of Essex and I really enjoy working within the recruitment field and encouraging people to come to university."

Where might your course lead you?

Whether you know what course you want to study, but you aren't sure what career it might lead to, or you know the career you want but you aren't sure what course to study; we have a range of information available to you on our department pages. Each covering the transferrable skills you will gain from their courses, and what employment sectors are looking for individuals with those skills.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Science and Health

Faculty of Social Sciences