Events for schools and colleges

National Careers Week

At Essex we know that employability is an important factor for students in deciding their future, and their Higher Education choices. This year, we have lots of information and activity to help your students with their HE options and routes into different careers and will be offering activity in a few ways to help you and your students make the most of National Careers Week 2024.

Online pre-recorded videos

We have a variety of pre-recorded sessions ranging from 'Is a career in Health and Social Care for me?' and 'Why History is great for careers' to finding out more about roles in our Students' Union and volunteering in our Essex Law Clinic. You can watch these online.

Bespoke talks with our academic departments

Delivered by our enthusiastic academics, our taster sessions are designed to give your students a flavour of studying a subject at undergraduate level and incorporate careers and employability within the field of study. Workshops are available across all three of our faculties and can be delivered as part of a campus visit or virtually via Zoom or Microsoft Teams to your classrooms.

To arrange a bespoke talk with one of our academic departments please get in touch by emailing

Bespoke campus visits

Explore our Colchester campus and our facilities for a bespoke campus visit. Your visit can include a range of talks delivered to your students including Employability and Support at Essex and academic careers talks, such as 'A career in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies' or 'A career in Sports, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences.' Get in touch to book your campus visit!

Supporting your careers fair at your school or college

The Essex team welcome invitations to support your school careers fair, we are happy to come to talk to your students about the opportunities offered by university study and how a degree can help them reach their future career goal. To invite us to your next Careers Fair, please complete our online form.

Schools and colleges are encouraged to request bespoke careers and employability sessions by emailing

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Study Abroad and Placement Opportunities

Study Abroad

Many of our undergraduate courses offer the opportunity to study overseas.

During your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.

Read about Andrea’s year abroad in Portugal.

Placement Years

Many of our undergraduate courses offer the opportunity to add on a placement year.

On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry.

Read about Karolina’s placement with Greater Anglia.

Essex Careers Services

Our careers service offers students a wealth of support to jump-start their career. We include career-focused modules across all our degrees and provide mentoring opportunities for all students, as well as hosting events and industry network building sessions.

Generation Essex

Our careers support is available to graduates for life, and the Generation Essex careers support package is something we offer to the most recent graduates to help them in their next career steps immediately after graduating. Find out more about Generation Essex.

Essex Alumni

From Nobel prize winners, to world famous directors, cutting-edge scientists, political icons, novelists, boxing champions, journalists, and entrepreneurs, Essex’s alumni continue to make significant contributions in their chosen fields all over the world. Read more about our notable alumni.

Meet our alumni

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After Essex: Jovanna Yiouselli - Jovanna Yiouselli studied BA International Relations at the University of Essex. Find out why Essex was the right fit, and the opportunities she was able to take advantage of to help her future. Watch Jovanna's story
After Essex: John Bercow - John is a proud member of the Essex community; he was awarded an Honorary Degree in 2010 and in 2017 appointed Chancellor of the University. In the years in his role as Chancellor, he has always had an interesting story to tell or an anecdote to share, both from his time at Essex and his career in politics. John shares memories from studying in our Department of Government in the 1980s, his time as a Member of Parliament, and, of course, his ten years as Speaker of the House of Commons. Watch John's story
After Essex: Amma Frimpong - Amma graduated from the School of Health and Social Care with a postgraduate degree in Adult Nursing. Here Amma talks about her studies, her time at Essex and her career so far. Watch Amma's story

Watch more stories from our Essex Alumni

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