Careers and Employability
Developing your employability during your time at University is key to getting your future career off to a flying start. At the University of Bradford you can talk to a dedicated team of career and employability specialists about finding a part-time job, work placement or volunteering opportunities. Our friendly team have expert knowledge, no matter what your level of study, our team are here to give you support to progress your career. While making the most of your university journey involves building your experience, CV and skills, you are not alone through doing this and we are ready to help you achieve success, so ask us for help or find out more online about the Careers and Employability Services
Earning money while you study can supplement your income and develop transferable skills for future graduate jobs. It can also increase your confidence, resilience and commercial awareness. As an international student, a part-time job may help you to learn more about UK culture.
Work placements and internships can develop your professional and technical skills and provide an opportunity for you to see how much you enjoy a role in industry. Sandwich placements, placement years or industrial placements, can be undertaken during your studies. These are paid opportunities, can last 9-12 months, and take place between the second and final year of your degree.
Internships usually take place over summer and last 1-4 months. Employers usually specify students in their second year of study as they require some technical knowledge. These should always pay at least national minimum wage. As a first year student, think about taking a summer experience internship to enhance your CV.
Our specialists’ top tips
Have extra money in your pocket with part time work and meet new people. However, you should make sure that you can balance your job and your studies – we strongly recommend that you work no more than 15 hours per week during term time. Retail and hospitality jobs generally give you the flexibility to work weekends and evenings around your studies, but there are a wide range of roles which offer part-time hours.
Whether this is for part time work, placements, volunteering and graduate opportunities your CV is often the first impression you will make! A CV is a one or two page document which shows your skills, achievements, qualifications and experience. Your CV gives an overview of who you are and what you have to offer an employer. We can help you to make your CV stand out from the crowd and get you that interview.
You can make a real difference to other people’s lives by contributing to the local community through volunteering. There is an exciting range of opportunities available from caring to environmental work and campaigning on human rights. Talk to us about developing your employability by volunteering whilst you are studying and during vacations. Although generally unpaid, voluntary work may include a small payment for expenses.
Through study and work abroad you will meet new people, develop inter-cultural awareness which is highly valued by graduate recruiters. There are lots of opportunities to go abroad and funding is available to help you with this. You can study, work or do a short international programme in more than 150 countries across the world. This will help you to broaden your horizons, get a global perspective, and make new friends for life across the world!
We know how much you care about your future career and that you want to make the most of your time at Bradford, getting a part-time job or placement during your time in the UK can be an important part of your higher education experience. Find out about securing a part time job, a placement or an internship whilst you are studying in the UK by contacting the Careers Service.
BSc (Hons) Marketing
"I couldn't have got my placement without the careers service, they were exceptionally supportive to me and gave me the extra step to pursue a placement. They helped me refine my CV, so it was to a decent standard, a standard where it was actually above others… and gave me lots of interview tips and a lot of local options. They provided a lot, the vigour to keep going, the encouragement and the support."
LLB (Hons) Law
"I took my CV to Careers Service and the man sat with me for a good 20 minutes and went through it all. He told me how I need to tweak certain things so that my cover letter and my CV were in sync. It’s a really basic skill that they’ve equipped me with that’s going to stay with me the rest of my life now."
Where can I get support in planning my future?
While you are at University take control of your future and learn how to research career ideas and make informed decisions about your goals. Discover how to make the transition from student to professional with confidence. While making the most of your time at university involves developing your experience, skills and confidence, you are not doing this alone, we’re here to support you. Get support from our professional Career Consultants with a one to one appointment You can get started with a 15-minute 'quick query' or book a 45-minute appointment for a more in-depth discussion. Our appointments are impartial, confidential and conducted in privacy, and are also available by telephone or online. They are open to University of Bradford students and recent graduates. As well as supporting you to explore ideas about your future goals, we can help you understand graduate recruitment processes, for example writing a professional CV, assessment centres and handling job interviews.
Your next steps
Spend some time reflecting on your own situation and the areas you might like to focus on when you start at University. Use these questions to help you:
- How many part time hours can you work during term time?
- How long is an industrial placement?
- Do you get paid for volunteering?
- How many countries offer opportunities abroad?
- Who can help you explore your career ideas?
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