Student employability and careers

Employability events

Students at a careers fair

We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.

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 (E&CC) 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 Employability and Careers Centres are located:

  • Colchester Campus, Square 2
  • Southend Campus, Gateway Building, Floor 3
Please visit in person to arrange an appointment.

Employability opportunities and resources

  • Paid internships

    Essex Interns is here to help you 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 up to date with the latest opportunities on CareerHub, the Essex Interns Facebook page, or Essex Interns Twitter page.

  • Frontrunners

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

  • CareerHub

    CareerHub is a searchable database that can help you find casual or part-time work while 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 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 the University's Employability Award. It aims to help identify the skills you've developed over your time at Essex so you can show future employers why they should hire you. 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 Employability Development Directors

Each department has an Employability Development Director (EDD) who coordinates employability and careers-related activities and acts as a point of contact for students:

Faculty Employability team

Lynne Jordan and Ann Ord are the lead Careers Advisers for the Faculty. They represent the Employability and Careers Centre and keep staff up to date with current services and initiatives. Working with the Departmental Employability Development Directors in departments they deliver workshops on job-hunting skills in the departments and support careers events and employability related work in the curriculum.

Helen Ivory supports the Faculty with a range of employability and careers activities and services. She provides 1:1 support for students, organises and facilitates events, and designs and delivers a variety of relevant and interesting workshops.

Helen Ivory - Faculty Employability Officer
Telephone +44 (0)1206 87 3471

Faculty placements team

The Faculty placements team work with staff, students and employers to promote employability opportunities, including placements and curriculum-linked internships.

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

Samm Alder - Faculty Placements Officer
Telephone +44 (0)1206 87 3936

Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.

frontrunners placements

Frontrunner students gathered round a table

frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Employability advice

Our Careers Centre

Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.