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Career and Employability Services

We support the career development and employability of all our students no matter what year of study they are in. It is never too early to use our service, and in our experience those students who engage with the service achieve success in their career aspirations.

From your first year to beyond graduation we offer professional advice, online resources and one-to-one support with:

  • career planning
  • job and placement opportunities
  • networking
  • postgraduate study
  • CVs, applications and covering letters
  • interviews and selection tests
  • workshops and events

Our services

See the menu below for our services for students and graduates. We also have specialised resources for MBA students.

One-to-one support

We offer one-to-one guidance appointments for all students, and we can help with a range of careers-related subjects, including:

  • exploring options, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • researching the job market /occupations
  • developing an effective CV
  • preparing for assessment centre and interviews

A selection of 20 and 45 minute appointments are available every week. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more, via email or by calling 01274 234376.

Off Campus Advice

For Distance Learning students and others not based in Bradford, we can offer advice via email or Skype as required.
Get in touch with us at careers.mgt@bradford.ac.uk or call 01274 234376 to arrange a convenient appointment.

Workshops

This year we have three themes to our employability workshops, which take place both at the Emm Lane Campus and at the City Campus:

  • Career Essentials - covering a wide range of employability skills and job hunting techniques
  • Professional Insights - invited speakers from industry give advice and information from their point of view
  • Expanding Your Horizons - covering further study, opportunities abroad and more...

See the full schedule.

Undergraduates

All second year management students take the Employability and Enterprise module which includes sessions on developing job search skills.

These are complemented by Wednesday afternoon workshops, which include contributions from employers where possible.

Postgraduates

All postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend a series of specialist workshops to develop their skills in securing the right job. These include topics such as CV development, how to use social media to get a job, networking, etc.

Online information and resources

Keep up to date with the latest careers news, job opportunities and events:

  • Facebook / Twitter – for the latest career updates please follow us on our social networks
  • Blackboard announcements via organisation - School of Management Careers Hub

Online career resources

  • Build my career - everything you need to know all in one place from job searching, CV writing, interview simulations, business and career related news, personality profiling tools and much more
  • University of Bradford Jobs Online
  • Prospects - The official Graduate Careers Website, the best way to find graduate jobs, postgraduate courses, work experiences, careers advice and more.
  • 10 Minutes with...  -  10 minute profiles of senior executives, giving you an insight in to their jobs and what their normal day looks like. (Register with your student email)
  • Practice psychometric tests - chance to practice a variety of psychometric tests that graduate employers use in their recruitment. 
  • Going Global - Going Global offers access to job hunting profiles for over 50 countries. This resource is useful for both international students planning to return home and students and graduates looking to explore career opportunities in a new country.

See also our specialised resources for MBA students.

Undergraduate Work Placement Year

All our BSc programmes offer you the opportunity to take a year's work placement in industry during the third year of the course.

Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace.

Why do a placement?

The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self-confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.

Find out more, including how we can help you organise your placement.

Job opportunities

On the main Careers webpage, we have a range of information and advice on job opportunities, including: 

See also our Jobs Online database for live vacancies.

Meeting employers and recruiters

As well as the Wednesday afternoon workshops, Career and Employability Services offers lots of opportunities to meet employers and gain insight into their professions, sectors and recruitment practices.

Careers fairs

The University organises a range of recruitment fairs every year that attract a wide range of our student and graduate population seeking job opportunities either while they are studying or beyond graduation.

Knowledge Transfer Networks

The School of Management organises evening guest lectures, normally on Mondays, to which all students are invited.

These allow students to update their knowledge and to meet with alumni and other external guests.

As well as being highly informative, these lectures offer a fantastic networking opportunity so we would recommend that you attend as many of these presentations as you can.

Current students can access videos of previous guest lectures on our Blackboard organisation: School of Management Careers Hub (MAN-CAREERS) in the Guest Lectures folder.

Speed networking

This is only for for special programmes such as BSc Financial Planning and allows students to meet employers with jobs, placements and internships on offer.

Career Booster Programme

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive Career Booster Programme. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills 
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification. 


In addition, the programme includes activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

All of our courses in the Faculty on Management and Law offer the Career Booster Programme. 

Search through our courses

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme helps first year students with the transition into higher education. Students in their second year run student led sessions with new students, which are timetabled within their course of study.

These peer to peer sessions can focus on academic support such as course content, but also study skills and group work, as well as offering general support. PAL offers a unique learning environment that is personalised and gives students an informal space, led by them, to work through materials, ideas and questions together, whilst at the same time reinforces the student community within the Faculty of Management and Law.

The scheme also offers the PAL leaders (students in their second year and above) a chance to improve their employability skills consequently improving their professional and personal development, whilst also giving them an opportunity to improve their confidence through leading sessions.

Find out more about PAL

Get in touch

Find us at our new location from 18 September 2017:

TS 1.22 Titus Salt Building, Emm Lane

New opening hours for Autumn 2017, starting on Monday 18 September:

Monday

09:00 - 17:00

Tuesday

09:00 - 17:00

Wednesday Closed - Please call 01274 234991 to book an appointment
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Appointments are also available at City Campus.