Careers and employability

Our graduates are highly employable and we're the fourth most targeted university by leading UK employers. You'll be joining a network of talented alumni, developing careers in over 180 countries worldwide.

Preparing you for employment

Our graduate employment record is one of the best in the UK; we are rated ninth in the UK in the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020, and are the fourth most-targeted university by The Times Top 100 UK graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2020).

Find out more about the different careers paths taken by our alumni.

Careers information and guidance

Our Careers Service offers a range of services to support you.

  • Our staff can help you explore your options, develop your employability skills and make successful job applications.
  • Online resources to help you research employers, browse job vacancies and practise for employer selection activities.
  • Dedicated resources for international students and postgraduate students.
  • Advice on postgraduate study options and funding.

Access to the Careers Service remains free for three years after you graduate.

Make the right connections

We have long-standing relationships with hundreds of employers, from small businesses to multinational organisations. They provide input into our degree courses to make sure they are up to date and frequently visit the University to share their knowledge at careers fairs, presentations, networking events and practice interviews.

Students in the Faculty of Engineering also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific industrial links for students. 

The University of Bristol Law School offers a Professional Mentoring Scheme, enabling second-year Law students to meet regularly with Bristol alumni working in the legal profession. 

Student enterprise

Getting involved in student enterprise is a fun way to learn about different forms of business and develop commercial awareness skills valued by graduate employers.

Our student enterprise and support service Basecamp is an entrepreneurship hub, helping students develop their business ideas and pursue start-up funding. Basecamp offers enterprise skills workshops, networking events, one-to-one guidance and enternships – self-employed summer internships.

The New Enterprise Competition offers students and recent graduates with an original business idea the opportunity to compete for start-up funding of up to £40,000.

University of Bristol internship scheme

The University of Bristol SME internship scheme provides opportunities to get high-quality, paid work experience with a variety of small to medium-sized organisations. Joining the scheme is a fantastic way to try out a new career, develop your professional network and enhance your CV.

Stand out from the crowd

The Bristol PLUS Award rewards students who have developed significant professional and life skills through work experience, volunteering or other extracurricular activities. The award is endorsed by leading graduate recruiters including Deutsche Bank and IBM.

As a startup founder I hope to better my existing robot model and further push the boundaries of my business into the UK. I have received tremendous support from the enterprise team and the numerous careers fairs.

Guneesha (MSci Management with Innovation)

Careers Service

Our Careers Service welcomes over 300 companies to take part in employer events on campus each year for employer presentations, networking events, workshops and careers fairs. 

A network for life

When you graduate you become a member of our Alumni Association, a global community of 120,000 Bristol graduates from 170 countries.

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