Employability and careers

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The graduates who really succeed are the ones who put in that little bit extra. We support you in making the most of your time at university and when you're ready for the next step, our Employability and Careers Centre and extended alumni network will help you navigate the job market.

Our placement years give you a whole year in a role of your choice. This is your employability trump card. An opportunity to gain real-world experience that’s directly relevant to your career path, this shows prospective employers you’re a real self-starter.

What makes Essex special?

  • Our award-winning placement scheme Frontrunners offers paid work on campus.
  • Volunteering proves you are committed and reliable as well as community-focused.
  • Our Employability Award is for people who are serious about getting an amazing job.
  • Lots of study abroad and placement year options.
  • Our careers staff provide one-to-one support throughout your time at Essex.
  • We ensure career skills are embedded in your modules and courses and arrange for companies to visit campus.
  • Our Career Mentoring service can partner you with established business professionals and/or Essex alumni to help your ideas and confidence grow.
  • Once you’ve left Essex, you can still benefit from our support for the rest of your life!
  • Learn a language at no extra cost

    Our award-winning Languages for All scheme enables you to learn a new language, including Arabic, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish at no extra cost.

    This is your golden ticket to employment, demonstrating determination and commitment, as well as being incredibly useful in the workplace. It won the European Language Label for being an innovative project.

  • Earn while you learn

    There are lots of opportunities to work part-time while you study. Jobs range from bar, retail or administrative work, to roles as a web designer or sports coach. We’ll help you find a suitable part-time job, as well as Frontrunner posts, internships and other vacation work.

    Our multi award-winning Frontrunners scheme gives you the opportunity to undertake paid, challenging, career-relevant employment within the University. This can help you to develop the higher-level skills you need to compete for the best jobs once you graduate. This is as good for us as it is for you: we benefit from your vibrancy, your ideas and your experience.

  • Showcase your achievements to potential employers

    All your academic and extra-curricular achievements will go on your digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which you can share with potential employers.

    You can also complete the Big Essex Award, which helps identify the skills you’ve developed over your time at Essex so that you can show future employers why they should hire you.

  • Postgraduate study

    We offer an Alumni Loyalty Discount if you stay on for postgraduate study, which can reduce your first-year postgraduate tuition fee by up to 33%.

Global impact

We’ve had over 50 years of global impact. Our students have gone on to become important and significant people around the world. At Essex we give you every opportunity to make a difference.

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.

Languages for All

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You can learn a language alongside your degree, at no additional cost through Languages for All. If you’re a beginner, you can learn in evening classes at our Southend and Loughton campuses.

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.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.