Careers Service

Which career?

If you already know the type of career you want, use our starting points to find out more.

  • Career sectors A quick overview of careers in more than 20 broad areas, including business, media, public sector, science, law, engineering and more.
  • Prospects: Types of jobs Entry requirements, pay, case studies, employers and more for over 400 types of graduate level work.

For some careers, you can really improve your chances of getting a good job by building your experience from your 1st year onwards.

  • Get some work or voluntary experience Find out which careers expect you to start getting formal work experience, voluntary work or extracurricular activities, from the start of your degree.

Haven't yet decided on a career?

Don't panic - you're only in your 1st year. Use this year to:

  • Explore what you're good at and what you enjoy
  • Build up examples of achievements - non-academic as well as academic
  • Start to find out about possible careers by talking to employers, friends or other contacts, attending careers events and reading about different types of careers.

Aim to start your 2nd year with some great additions to your CV and some ideas about potential careers.

You may need to apply for placements and summer internships or work experience as soon as you start your 2nd year - get prepared now!

Use the starting points above to find out about possible careers, or start from scratch

The international angle

International students:

  • Throughout your degree, build your contacts back home to explore the job market for graduates. Even if you aim to work in the UK or elsewhere, you need a back-up plan.

Any students wanting to start an international internship, placement or job, or study abroad next year:

  • Investigate these options early - getting visas and improving your language ability can take time, and application deadlines can be very early.