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Careers and employability

Your career after studying

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Planning to start your own business? Change your career path? Or rise up the ranks quickly? Whatever your career goal, you can gain the additional skills you need by studying a degree at Essex and we'll help you get closer to your dream job. 

Our Careers Service can help you with a wealth of things to jump-start your career. From providing mentoring for your chosen career, to putting you in touch with our Essex Startups team to get funding to kick start your business idea. We can help you apply for awards and get recognition for your extra-curricular activities or become part of the Rising Stars university-wide initiative.

Be part of the community at Essex and we'll help you get to where you want to be.

Expand your career

With so many opportunities on offer to Essex students and graduates, you may as well pack your bags and join us.

You could be part of our award-winning Frontrunners placement scheme, become an Essex intern or start your own business with support from Essex Startups.

Want to start your own business?

Our Careers Service offers loads of start-up activities to get your business ready. You could be the next big entrepreneur or freelancer, or even own your own business or work for yourself.

The Essex Start-up Hub located at our Colchester Campus, is jointly coordinated by our employability and business teams to help students like you with 360 support throughout their entrepreneurship journey. As a student or graduate at Essex, you can learn the skills needed to be successful in business and come to the Hub for help in running it.

* International/EU students requiring a Tier 4 Visa will need to be aware of their visa immigration limitations before starting work in the UK, please read the Home Office Tier 4 Policy Guidance for further information about working in the UK.

What can Essex Startups offer you?

Mini bootcamps

All our 4 hour Mini Bootcamps are bitesize and as an Essex student or Graduate you can join as many as you want:

  • Ideas creation and validation - Get real! See if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Starr generating ideas and see if they actually work.
  • Modelling and planning - The nitty gritty! Develop what it is that your business stands for and define your ideal customer.
  • Redefining - Get out there! Work on your communication skills, understand branding and marketing. Get creative with visionboarding.
  • Business ready - convey your story, get funding and improve your presentation skills.

Funding opportunities

Get funded!

Essex Startups run annual competitions in which you can win funding for your business idea.

Online webinars

Get online!

Get your comfy pants on, kick your shoes off and get learning - join the Essex Startups online workshops from home. All you need is a computer, internet and speakers.

Expert workshops

Get better!

Meet magnificent external experts who can help you with important topics such as Intellectual Property, Accounting and much more.

1:1 support

Get active!

Talk to Christine, our Enterprise Officer, during her drop-in sessions.


Get connected!

Rub shoulders with budding entrepreneurs on campus, meet local businesses and real start-up company owners to make real connections and grow your professional network.

Essex Startups bootcamp

Get intense!

Join the two-day Bootcamp to move your business forward and for the chance to win up to £3,000 for your business in the Big Pitch. Mentors help you throughout the day to get the most out of it. The Essex Startups Bootcamp is the first step to be then able to attend the Big Pitch event. 

Big Pitch - win investment for your startup

Get cash!

If you participate in the two day Essex Startups Bootcamp, you can pitch for up to £3,000 for your business. Essex Startups runs an annual competition in which you can win investment for your startup – no matter if it is just an idea or you have already started.

Check out this video of the Big Pitch 2015.

What students are saying

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Essex Business School in Colchester marks the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, the University’s research and technology park. The Knowledge Gateway also incorporates Parkside Office Village, home to a number of SMEs, and the Innovation Centre; which provides the space plus vital hands-on support to help 50 startup companies scale up and succeed. Plus it's also home to Studio X, space for our students to develop business ideas and for entrepreneurs to connect with the University. The Innovation Centre also houses the University’s Start-Up Hub which helps our students develop an idea for a business into a credible business plan.


Essex Business School in Southend-on-Sea shares its space with The Hive Enterprise Centre which helps expose you to the reality of launching a business.


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