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How Essex supports your future

When applying for University you might not have your future mapped out, but it’s important to know that we're here for you every step of the way.

Not meaning to wish away your time with us, but we know the importance of preparing you for life after graduation, which is why at Essex we do everything we can to help you achieve your goals. We will support you not only when you are a student at Essex, but as a graduate too, helping you to achieve your career aspirations, connecting you to employers and preparing you for your future beyond University or your undergraduate degree.

Careers and Employability

Did you know 88% of our graduates are in employment or further studies - Graduate Outcomes 2022, we have a whole range of opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to prepare themselves for the job market.

Career Events

We offer free events throughout the year to help you prepare for the global job market and to meet potential employers. We have previously run CV workshops, subject specific career sessions such as 'Careers in Psychology', alternative job search workshops, and fairs for you to meet local businesses and discuss opportunities with employers.

Industry network building

Our leading academic staff are industry active. This means that as you study, you will have the opportunity to seek hands-on experience through work placements whilst growing your own network in your area of interest.

Advice and guidance

Applying for jobs isn't a walk in the park, but if you make the most of the support and guidance on offer, you'll be ready to commence your job hunt. We offer CV support, practice interviews, and test and assessment preparation. Our career advisors can help you make the most of the support we offer.

Complete a placement year

How better to prepare for building your career than by immersing yourself in the industry as part of your degree? Many of our degrees offer the option of a placement year, giving you the opportunity to gain real-world experience relevant to your career ambitions. Your degree will extend to four years, with your third year taken in placement in the UK or abroad.

Benefits of doing a placement year include:

  • Your CV will stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs
  • You will be able to apply your studies directly in the workplace, before you have graduated
  • You will develop your professional skills, so will know what to expect when you begin your career
  • It will give you the opportunity to learn more about your dream job, and decide whether it's the right path for you

Find out more about placements

Modules dedicated to supporting your career

A lot of our degrees include compulsory career modules each year of study. This means you will have dedicated time spent on preparing you for a future career, and the opportunity to consider how your new academic skills will be useful in the world of work. 

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to help your local community whilst getting some work experience. We have a dedicated group run by our Students' Union called VTeam, which offer various volunteering opportunities throughout the year. You can also get involved with St John Ambulance, our advice centre, mentoring and more.

Job opportunities

We have our own job vacancy board, Essex CareerHub, which shares opportunities we think our students will be interested in, and it also includes local employer vacancies. You'll still have access to it after you graduate too.

Employability and Skills Award

The Big Essex Award is an employability and skills award with different levels, each level can be achieved by completing a variety of different activities. This means all the extracurricular achievements you do whilst a university count towards it and it's included on your university transcript. 

Career Mentoring

Through the Career Mentoring Programme, you'll be matched with an experienced professional for one-to-one guidance and career coaching for a period of six months. Your mentor is available to support you, listen to you, share their expertise and empower you! What's more, you and your mentor will decide the goals you'll be working towards, so each participating student will gain a unique mentoring experience. 

Essex Startups and becoming an entrepreneur

The Essex Startups team offers students and graduates who are interested in starting their own business, support throughout their entrepreneurial journey. No matter what stage your business is at, we are here to help you with advice, workshops and tips. With a range of highly skilled mentors, you can be sure that we can offer trusted and sincere advice on your next steps.

We are here to help you if:

  • you've got an idea for a business
  • you're starting your business
  • your business is up and running

Find out more about the scheme and how we support your entrepreneurial abilities

Preparing you for future study

Once you have completed your undergraduate studies we still have more to offer you, -whether you’re looking to start your next adventure immediately, or if you’ve had some time away and are hungry to return, at Essex we’ve got a postgraduate course for you.

If you want to get ahead and discover what studying a postgraduate degree at Essex is like, join us at our on-campus and virtual events.

Find out more about postgraduate progression

Alumni discount

We highly value our alumni at Essex, up to 33% fee reduction scholarships are available to graduates looking to stay on with us or return for postgraduate study through our fee discount scheme. You are eligible even if you study abroad here or have a spouse / partner studying here as a full-time international student. This token can be spent on one year of postgraduate study at either Masters or PhD level!

Black, Arab and mature students (BAME) scholarship 

Essex offers a comprehensive variety of scholarships to our students. A £500 bursary is being offered to black, Arab or mature students progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study in the academic year 2022-23.

Developing new skills

At Essex, we are here to give you every opportunity to thrive in the global job market after graduating. Here are just some of the new skills you can learn alongside your degree to help unlock your true potential.

Languages for all

This award-winning programme gives Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost, for one year. Having foreign language or British Sign Language skills will set you apart from other graduates by giving you a competitive edge in graduate employment, expanding your options for studying, working or travelling abroad and increasing your global and cultural awareness.

Data science for all

At Essex, we offer our unique, free, online or lab-based data science courses for all students. Having skills that can use raw, unstructured data to determine patterns, trends and correlations in ways that inform action will be key in working life and will give our graduates a distinct advantage in today’s competitive job market.

Study abroad

Our students can study, work or volunteer at one of our global partner institutions for a semester, a short course or even a full year. Take up the opportunity to study abroad and gain valuable academic experiences. Studying abroad offers you a wealth of personal and professional advantages when you enter the global job market.

Reasons to study abroad:

  • Develop your independence
  • Immerse yourself in another country and culture in a way that's not always possible as a tourist
  • Boost your employability with the transferable skills and unique experiences you can share with employers

Find out more about study abroad