Careers and employability

Studying one of our courses is the first step on your journey to your future career. We provide opportunities, specialist support and advice to get where you want to be when you graduate.

How we can support you

Careers Service

Our Careers Service provides a range of work experience, internship opportunities and advice on becoming more employable.

Professional Liaison Network

Our Professional Liaison Network (PLN) run initiatives and partnerships connecting you to alumni and external organisations related to your academic discipline.

The Department of Management Mentoring Scheme

During your time here you will have the opportunity to be matched to a mentor who has studied your subject and is now using it in a career-related role. It will help you:

  • make the most out of your time with us
  • develop your skills for the workplace
  • gain invaluable careers-related support and advice
  • reflect on your academic studies
  • develop your professional network
  • consider future careers that relate to your academic discipline

How you can develop your skills

Bristol Futures initiative

Become an adaptable, successful graduate through our Bristol Futures initiative. You can:

  • enhance your experience
  • develop core academic skills and
  • develop key personal attributes

Find out more about Bristol Futures

Get an internship

An internship will give you practical experience in the workplace. This will improve your employability and help you start building your professional network.

It’s a great way into an organisation. Employers often recruit graduates from interns they have employed.

Find out more about internships.

Meet and network with industry leaders

We run events inviting social science graduates to talk about their work. They show how their degree has provided the expertise for their employment and where your studies can take you.

There is an opportunity to ask questions, discuss the subject and meet the speaker after the event.
Speakers come from a diverse range of organisations. These have included Visa and central government think tanks.

Find out more about our seminars.

Connect with our alumni

Our alumni have gone on to do amazing things all over the world. Develop your connections by contacting other Bristol graduates through our Careers Network database. After graduation, overseas alumni events can help to enhance your professional network. You can also connect with 19,000 alumni through our University of Bristol LinkedIn group.

A world top 50 university for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2018)

The Careers Service at the University is fantastic. I’ve been to a CV drop-in session and workshops from various employers to help further my employability. They also hold multiple careers fairs with some big names attending, so there’s been plenty of opportunity to ask questions to professionals in my industry of interest.

Yash (BSc Economics and Management)

A top two targeted university by leading UK graduate employers (HighFliers Research 2019)

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