Careers and employability
There is no doubt that studying for a postgraduate qualification can help your career prospects. Whether you’re just starting out, an experienced professional or looking for a career change, Careers and Employability at Leicester have the resources and people to help you.
Careers have a range of tailored resources and activities designed specifically for postgraduate students. These include online and in-person events as part of our annual Festival of Careers, and online resources designed to help you enhance your employability, track your skills development and make the most of your Master’s.
We want you to follow your passion. So, whether you want to make a difference in the charity sector, reach the top in business or be the next big thing in media, there are programmes and activities here at Leicester that can support you in getting the skills, experiences and networks you need.
Online resources include examples and guidance for your CV, covering letter, personal statement, application form, and even your LinkedIn profile. You'll have access to resources to practice psychometric, aptitude tests and interviews, including in-depth personalised feedback on how you can improve your performance.
In addition, when you arrive you’ll get automatic access to MyCareers, the University’s online careers platform. This is where you can book appointments with our advisers and search for career development activities and employer events. There is also a jobs board so you can search for graduate roles and work experience opportunities, including placements and internships.
Lifelong application support
As a student you’ll be able to book an appointment for one-to-one information, advice, and guidance at any time with one of our experienced careers advisors. All of our appointments are available online and in-person to fit around your schedule, including increased availability during peak term-time periods. What’s more you can continue to use this service and access one-to-one support even after you graduate!
You'll be able to choose the most appropriate appointment for you, depending on where you are in your career journey. Our advisers can help you explore your career options, develop your experience, and get support with the recruitment process. Whether you want to go straight into work, or are considering further study, a PhD or even starting your own business, there is support to help you achieve your next steps.
For those looking to work during their studies, our in-house recruitment consultancy, Unitemps, can help you to find part-time work to fit around your studies which will develop your CV and provide valuable experience.
Festival of Careers
Our week-long Festival of Careers takes place termly and is designed to help you enhance your career, whatever stage you’re at. With events taking place daily, including activities specifically for postgraduate and international students, there is something for everyone.
You can network with employers at the recruitment fair to find out about vacancies for work experience and jobs, attend support workshops to enhance your employability, or gain valuable career insights at our inspirational talks.
Peer to peer support
The Career Hub is a drop-in service where students have the opportunity to get flexible career support.
Our team of Future Makers work with students to provide personalised advice, helping them to develop the skills employers need or signpost them to the appropriate services in the university. This unique peer support enables students to gain advice and guidance from individuals who have been on the same journey as them!
We recognise that international postgraduate students require specialist support and guidance so as well as the above, Careers and Employability also have online resources and events/activities to support your career development in different ways.
- Guidance events and resources about working in the UK during or after your studies, including where to find opportunities for sponsorship
- Resources to look for work overseas, or in your home country
- Links with those who can offer you visa information and wider support.