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Careers and employability

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Our graduates embark on careers in an impressive range of sectors. From the public to the private sector, careers are forged in a range of professions, from banking and law to teaching and working in the media.

Many pursue paths more traditionally linked to our vocational disciplines such as the heritage sector, faith organisations and NGOs.

  • 95% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data).
  • 98% of our postgraduate taught graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling 15 months after the end of their course (HESA data).

Bespoke career support

We offer advice and guidance to our students at every stage of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Enhancing the University's central Careers and Employability programme, we offer additional expert support and guidance through our dedicated in-School professional.

Our advisor delivers an additional tailored range of careers-related events throughout the year and can help you to meet your career ambitions through a range of focused activities.

One-to-one sessions are also on offer by appointment.

On offer within the School

The school offers careers and employability support, including:

  • drop-in careers lounge (advice sessions)
  • social networking masterclass
  • CV masterclass
  • professional networking events (related sector areas such as heritage)
  • professional guest speakers from a wide range of sector (e.g. teaching, heritage, charity sector)
  • work experience placements & advice (eg museums, archives, heritage sector)
  • enterprise activities
  • current labour market information.

Video series

We have recently developed a series of videos to help our students shine as they embark on their chosen careers. The series features top tips from leading careers consultant Aimee Bateman.

"Employability is something you need to work at and practice. Careercake has put together these videos to help you position your skills and understand what today’s employers want from you."

Aimee Bateman Founder and CEO, Careercake

Our employability module is designed to foster employability skills that are transferable to a range of professional and graduate careers in the changing landscape of the 21st century.

This optional Year Two undergraduate module supported by the University’s careers and Employability service introduces the basics of career building and features a work placement (35 hours minimum).

Students have the flexibility to arrange a placement that best matches their interests and aspirations, subject to School approval.

Placements and hands-on experience

All our undergraduate programmes in Archaeology and Conservation feature eight weeks of practical experience in the UK or overseas.

Core to our degrees, placements in museums and the heritage sector or on excavation take place at approved locations in two four-week periods using our extensive links in the fields of archaeology and conservation.

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2022. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.