Careers services

Get the most from your Essex experience by tapping into our professional careers service and support.

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It’s never too early to start thinking of your career beyond graduation. So get the most from your Essex experience by tapping into our friendly, professional careers support. Whether it’s coming along to our events, to getting one-to-one careers advice, we can help to enhance your employability and point you to ways to develop your skills and improve your CV. Find out more about these great ways to get involved.

The advice and support we offer is available to all undergraduate, masters, and PhD students while studying and after graduation.  


Search for jobs and internships, book on to employability events and workshops, and book careers-related appointments with our advisers.

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Careers Services Moodle page

Designed to give you control over what you work on and when, and as a useful starting point before you seek further help and guidance, our Moodle page contains careers videos, blogs, podcasts, articles and links to a range of other useful resources. It's also the place to keep up to date with exciting new events, Essex exclusive careers support initiatives and employer news.

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Careers information and advice

Diversity in careers

Information about diversity in careers and how to deal with discrimination.

Support for PGR students

As an Essex PhD student you can make use of all the support available from Student Services Hub while studying and after graduation.

Developing a career plan

Find out how to develop a career plan using four key factors: self-awareness, opportunity awareness, decision making and transition learning.

Gaining skills and experience

Make the most of the opportunities available to you during your time at Essex to develop skills for employment through experience.

Careers events

Find out how to get involved in careers workshops, fairs, and briefing sessions.

Careers leaflets

Download our leaflets to help you find work, look into further study and find resources relevant to your chosen career plan.

Continuing your studies

Discover the options available if you want to pursue further study after graduation.

Regulations for working in the UK

Information on hours, pay and national insurance regulations for working in the UK

Careers support for graduates and alumni

You will continue to have access for life to careers support from Essex, so if you need a bit of help or you’re not happy in your current employment, get in touch.

Using CareerHub

You can use CareerHub to search for jobs and internships, create a CV, book on to events and workshops, and more.

Advice for working and studying abroad

We are here to offer you the advice and support that you need to explore global opportunities now or in the future.

Help with job applications

How to write a cover letter

Tips to help you prepare a cover letter for job applications.

CV support

Get help and support with creating your CV.

Job application support

Our advisers are here to provide feedback and advice on all manner of job applications.

Job interview support

We are able to provide you advice and tips on how to make a good impression at interviews.

Preparing for psychometric tests and assessment centres

See our advice on how to prepare for psychometric tests and assessment centres.

Jobs, placements and work experience

Where to find a job

Make use of our range of resources, information and services to help you find the right job.

Student Ambassador roles and resources

As a Student Ambassador you can get involved in a whole range of opportunities and help to promote the University and higher education.

Work placements and Work Based Learning

Information about work placements and work based learning.


The Essex Interns scheme creates paid extracurricular internships that are exclusively for students and recent graduates of the University of Essex.


Frontrunners is the University’s unique on-campus employment opportunity scheme, supporting students with little or no previous work experience to develop a broad range of employability skills.

Paid jobs on campus

See the types of jobs available on campus.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Career mentoring programme

The Career mentoring programme gives you a minimum of 6 hours contact with an experienced professional for one-to-one guidance, support and career coaching.

Chart My Path and Big Essex Award

Chart My Path helps you to navigate the extra-curricular and voluntary opportunities available at Essex. Get recognition for your achievements through the Big Essex Award.

Generation Essex

Generation Essex offers you extra careers support in your final year and beyond. Whether you are in your final year of study or have recently graduated, our career support package can help prepare you for life after Essex.

Rising Stars

Rising stars is a university-wide initiative set up in partnership with professional organisations and graduate recruiters to improve social mobility for our diverse student population.

Starting your own business

Connect with Essex Startups for support with starting your own business

No matter where you are in your startup journey, the Essex Startups team is here to help you with 121 advice, intensive bootcamps, helpful workshops and more.

Funding opportunities

Up to £3,000 of funding is available from EIRA to support innovative start-up businesses.

Start-up visa

The University of Essex is an authorised Start-up endorsing body. Our scheme is only open to eligible Essex students and recent Essex graduates (up to 2 years after graduation).

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