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Student employability

Student employability

Employability is a word that’s being used a lot lately. But here at Leeds we’re doing much more than just talk about it.

Employers have made it clear that graduates need to have more practical experience to prove that they are capable of succeeding in a work environment.  Here’s what the Careers Centre are doing to ensure students gain the experience and skills needed:

  • Career Development and Planning Modules - We organise accredited modules which are integrated into students’ degree courses to encourage them to gain skills, competencies and experience to increase their employability and build awareness of the graduate job market.
  • Placements and Work Experience – We promote and support work placement activity throughout the university. Most of our students use summer to take part in an internships and all of our students have the option to take time out for a yearlong work placement. Placements are typically between 6 to 12 months and offer an invaluable experience for both, the students as well as the host organisations. 
  • Internships – We have run some very successful graduate internship schemes over the last few years to give our student and graduates the opportunity to gain experience on a 3 month placement with top employers. Over three quarters of the graduate interns were retained by their employer on a permanent basis. We also run summer internships where companies can employ a student on a structured placement for up to 4 months, enabling them to gain valuable work experience.
  • Temporary Work – We work with the Student Union to promote and encourage part-time and casual work options for students, which are available through the Students' Union free JobLink service for employers.

  • Fairs, events and workshops - We work with 1,000s of local, national and international employers to help them engage with our talented students and graduates. 

We have much more planned to enhance student employability and we value feedback from employers to help us plan and deliver activity which will produce graduates with valuable skills and experience.