The Careers and Employability Service provides students with the information, advice and guidance they need before, during and after graduating from the University of Suffolk. The service is available to all current and prospective students, as well as to graduates of the University of Suffolk within three years of their graduation.
The commitment to careers and employability across the curriculum is an important characteristic of the courses offered at the University of Suffolk and students are encouraged to get involved in exciting opportunities that can greatly enhance employability. The newest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, surveying leavers from our 2016/17 student cohort, reported that 95% of University of Suffolk graduates have gone on to employment or further study, embarking on careers varying from Account Management to Careers Advice, Architecture to Games Design, and a wide range in between.
How to prepare for life after university
At the University of Suffolk, you will have the opportunity to consider your future career, reflect on your previous experiences and prepare to find employment. The Careers team offer confidential advice, mock interviews, and provide the opportunity for students to realise their vocational potential. Support is available to develop important careers related skills and knowledge, such as CV design and interview techniques. In addition to our face-to-face services, students and alumni also have access 24/7 to our interactive online career development learning platform, FutureMe. If you are a graduate that has not previously accessed FutureMe and created your alumni account, or you have any problems logging in, please click here, or email the Careers team. There are also work experience opportunities with the Micro-Placement Scheme.
We hold careers events and fairs, workshops and presentations which enable students and potential employers to network, and these events are arranged each academic year. Find out more about our most recent Meet and Greet with Suffolk based organisation, Coderus, and meet our University of Suffolk graduate who is now working there after completing a summer internship with them during his studies.
Up-to-date information about jobs, internships and graduate careers is also available through the Online Jobs Board (with new jobs added every week), and our variety of social media accounts listed at the end of the page. If you want to know more about internships, take a look at the stories from a few of our students and graduates that have completed internships.. Or have you ever wondered about applying for a graduate scheme? Hear the experiences of Catherine, a History graduate who was successfully offered a place on the Suffolk County Council graduate scheme.
- Access a Careers and Employability Adviser - We offer drop-in sessions for quick careers queries, and one-to-one guidance appointments can be made to discuss topics in more depth.
- Quick Response E-Guidance - Email your query to a Careers Adviser and we are committed to reply within three working days.
- Workshops and events to explore career options
- Access to Online Resources - The Careers and Employability section of the student intranet (MySuffolk) offers excellent links to websites, hosts a wealth of careers information, promotes employment vacancies, and promotes career development workshops and events. We also have thriving social media accounts across a variety of platforms, including a LinkedIn Job Club, which are regularly updated with new opportunities and topical articles.
- Access to Professional Publications - We subscribe to the latest graduate and industry publications which provide up-to-date information about graduate recruitment and employability. These can typically be picked up free of charge at each of our campuses.
If you are a student or graduate within the past 3 years, you can book a face to face, electronic (Skype) or telephone 1:1 guidance appointment of up to 1 hour in length via our booking page. You can also pop into the Infozone or call them on 01473 338833.
Our paid Micro-Placements Scheme is facilitated by the Careers Team and will enable you to take on real responsibility by working on live projects, or with services/facilities delivered within the University. Micro-placements are designed to provide live work experience to develop transferable skills and enhance employability. In turn, micro-placements provide a fantastic opportunity to embed your experiences into University services.
Thanks to the support of the University of Suffolk Foundation Board, we were able to launch our first ever Work Experience Bursary in summer 2018 for current University of Suffolk students. After a successful launch, the Bursary has now reopened for the 2018/2019 academic year, and is designed to support students undertaking extra-curricular work experience opportunities with costs such as childcare and travel.