Student employability and careers

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As a University of Essex student, there are a range of careers and employability opportunities and services available to you during and after your studies.

Employability and Careers Centre

The Employability and Careers Centre offers expert advice on graduate careers, postgraduate courses, CVs and job applications, interviews, internships, and professional developments skills. They can help you access a range of opportunities and resources during your studies and up to three years after graduation. The University's two Employability and Careers Centres are located on Square 2 of our Colchester Campus, and Floor 3 of the Gateway Building at our Southend Campus. Please visit in person to arrange an appointment.

Paid internships

Essex Interns is here to help you to find paid internships with local, national or international employers. This service is open to you throughout your studies at Essex, and for up to three years after graduation. Internships vary in duration and can be full-time (after graduation or outside term-time) or part-time (to fit around your studies). It's never too soon to start thinking about your employability, so register today by emailing: for a registration form. You can keep a up to date with the latest opportunities on the Essex Interns Facebook page or follow Essex Interns on Twitter @InternEssex.


Frontrunners is the University's work placement scheme which offers you opportunities for paid employment around campus.


CareerHub is a searchable database that can help you find casual or part-time work whilst you are studying, including vacation jobs. It also provides final year students with information on graduate schemes, graduate employers and job vacancies. Register to receive email alerts when relevant opportunities are posted.

The Essex CV

The Essex CV is a resource pack to help take you through the CV writing process. It will help to give you the best possible start in the graduate job market and to capitalise on your experiences at Essex.

The Big Essex award

The Big Essex Award is brand new employability prize designed to complement your existing extra-curricular activity. Log hours of activity, for example as a frontrunner, Residents’ Assistant, Student Ambassador or simply through part-time work and add a little volunteering. We’ll help you identify and articulate the skills you’re already developing so you can really sell yourself to employers. Plus – complete the Award and it’ll be recorded on your transcript! Email for further details.

Languages for all

As a University of Essex student, you can learn a language alongside your degree at no additional cost with the Languages for all (LfA) programme. Developing core language skills will improve your chances of graduate employment, expand options for studying, working and travelling internationally, as well as increasing your global and cultural awareness.

Study abroad

Study abroad offers you great opportunities to spend a term or a full year studying in another country. This is a great way to enhance your employability.

Jobs in the Students' Union

The University of Essex Students' Union offers a range of job opportunities across our campuses. Information on available positions can be found on the Students' Union job opportunities page.

Departmental academic careers links

Each department has an Academic Careers Link who coordinates employability and careers-related activities and acts as a point of contact for students:

Faculty careers adviser

Lynne Jordan is the lead Careers Advisor for the Faculty. She represents the Employability and Careers Centre (E&CC) and keeps staff up to date with current services and initiatives. Working with the Academic Employability Development Directors in departments she delivers workshops on job-hunting skills in the departments and supports careers events and employability related work in the curriculum.

Faculty Placements team

Karen Gooch works with staff, students and employers to promote employability opportunities, including placements.

Karen Gooch - Faculty Placements Manager
Telephone +44 (0)1206 87 3881