Studying towards the right qualifications is a huge part of achieving your aspirations – but there’s so much more you can do to make the best possible start in your career. That’s why we’ve developed a learning community that’s full of extracurricular opportunities and support to make you career-ready – wherever you want that career to take you.
In addition to courses developed in collaboration with industry, you can take advantage of career support services, and networking events.
It’s all about expanding your horizons – from the day you start, to your graduation, and beyond.
Work placement opportunities
All our undergraduate degrees and many of our postgraduate degrees offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your studies.
Securing a placement brings with it many benefits – real-world experience, excellent networking opportunities and insight into your chosen industry – all of which will help you stand out. But it will be competitive. You’ll need to demonstrate confidence, creativity, determination and resilience to secure a great placement. Ultimately, it will be your responsibility to find and organise your placement, but our faculty placement staff will be on hand to support you throughout this process.
And for many of our students, the hard work pays off as they return to their placement company or organisation in their first job role after graduating, having demonstrated their ability while on placement.
on her placement as an honorary Psychology Assistant at the Queen Elizabeth Foundation’s Care (QFC) and Rehabilitation centre
To say that my placement came without challenges would be a lie, after all, it is a very challenging job as you are working with vulnerable individuals. However, it has been such a rewarding field to work in, I couldn’t recommend doing a placement enough.
Lifetime careers support
From your first day at BU and throughout your career, you will have the support of our experienced and friendly Careers team.
While you're studying with us, you'll have access to a range of work placement and careers advice and resources. From one-to-one career appointments with the team to our online careers portal, MyCareerHub, and much more, we can help equip you with the skills and experience to secure your ideal work placement and best possible start to your career.
And this support doesn't end when you leave BU. You'll still be able to book career appointments with the team (in person, over the phone, and virtually – depending on what works best for you) throughout your career and you will have access to MyCareerHub up to three years after you graduate.
The Graduate Skills Programme
One of the ways that we help you to get career-ready is through our Graduate Skills Programme.
As the name suggests, it's all about developing your personal and professional skills alongside your degree – enhancing your employability, confidence and overall ability.
Based on our research into the most in-demand skills in today's job market, we've grouped skills into nine different areas. Choose from interpersonal and collaborative skills to creative and innovative skills, lifelong learning skills to global citizenship skills and much more – all at a pace and time that suits you.
What's more, you will be able to complete the skills activities both on-campus and online, through tailored LinkedIn Learning pathways (where you'll be awarded LinkedIn Learning certificates that you can showcase on your profile) and MyCareerHub.
Jenna from the Careers team gives an overview of our Skills Development Programme
Working with industry
We have excellent relationships with many local, national and international companies and, as a result, we can tailor our courses to meet industry needs. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies too, meaning your degree is recognised by potential employers as being professionally relevant and up to date.
When it comes to valuable industry insights, a large number of our staff have worked, or are still working, in the industry that they lecture in, bringing the knowledge and understanding of best practice and latest developments into your lectures and seminars.
What’s more, lots of our courses offer the opportunity to train with industry-standard equipment and in industry-standard facilities so that you’re familiar with how things work in professional settings – meaning you can hit the ground running when you graduate.
And that's not at all. We work in partnership with our industry connections to put on a range of events. These include recruitment fairs, part-time job fairs, career workshops, and employer events. All are designed to introduce you to a variety of companies and make that all-important first impression.