Architecture and the Built Environment graduate destinations
From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
Great graduate career opportunities
Our department brings together students from a wide range of professional disciplines. This broad scope means that graduates go into a diverse range of careers and professions.
Examples of our top graduate employers include:
- Stonewood Design
- Turner and Townsend
- AHR Architects
- Stride Treglown
- Bang Creations
- Buro Happold
- Kendall Kingscott
- Laing O’Rourke
- Skanska Construction
- Grimshaw Architects
- Haworth Tompkins
- Kinneir Dufort.
Construction and Property graduates find jobs in areas including:
- Real estate management
- Building surveying
- Quantity surveying
- Land and property surveying
- BIM management
- Construction and contract management
- Property development and management
- Building services engineers.
Architecture graduates go into employment while training to become fully qualified. These roles include:
- Architectural assistants
- Architectural technologists
- Project engineers
- Design assistants
- BIM coordinators.
Planning graduates go on to careers as planners in a variety of organisations in the public and private sector.
Product Design graduates go into employment or become entrepreneurs. Some set up businesses around their products or services. Many get graduate jobs in product design, marketing, media and engineering organisations - in the UK and abroad.
Top graduate employers
Examples of the employer partners we work with include AHMM, Realise Product Design, Balfour Beatty, Arup, Atkins, Savills, Capita Symonds, Stride Treglown, James Lang Lasalle, Stonewood Design and Octopos. Our partners shape our courses; give industry presentations and advice; and provide placements and work experience.
Accredited by industry
All of our courses are, or are in the process of applying for, professional recognition or accreditation. So graduates leave with industry-recognised qualifications and study exemptions in many cases.
Industry ready graduates
Work experience is vital in today's crowded jobs market. Our students get this on regular live briefs and consultancy projects. And while they're here, we provide one-to-one support helping them find work placements, internships and volunteering experience that fit their career plans.
Placement students are more likely to go into high-level graduate jobs and have a higher average starting salary. As well as providing students with support in their search for a placement, we prepare students through tailored workshops. Previous students have secured a year-long placement at employers including: AECOM, Arcadis, Atkins, Baily Gardner LLP, BAM, Barratt Homes, Bray & Slaughter, Colliers, Core Five LLP, Faithful & Gould, Galliford Try, GVA, Hartnell Taylor Cook, ISG, K8T, Knight Frank, Laing O’Rourke, Michael Dyson Associates, Savills, Skansa and Stride Treglown.
Exhibitions such as our annual Faculty of Environment and Technology Degree Show attract employers from across the region. This is the perfect opportunity to network with employers and showcase project work. Take a look at our online yearbook to see the incredible standard of work that has been produced.
They have a good attitude and great minds.
Business start-up skills
Each year, graduates start up businesses in areas such as web design, product design, technical sales, property development and IT consultancy. They get a head start while they're here. Enterprise skills are built into the curriculum, and students work one-to-one with employers on consultancy projects. They also learn about self-employment and start-ups in one-to-one appointments and tailored workshops in our enterprise zone.
Specialist careers support
Careers advice and coaching is available for each department. The Careers Service provide input into the curriculum and alongside degree programmes, giving up-to-date labour market and graduate destination information, as well as coaching for students in their professional development planning.
Students are emailed a fortnightly newsletter with news of top work-based learning opportunities, and can access the UWE Careers Toolkit which includes access to our services, a job search engine, resources, videos and employer information. Students can also come along to our twice daily careers drop-in or schedule a one-to-one with our dedicated team. We also arrange regular presentations and Q&As from leading sector employers. It doesn't end when students graduate.
Students are emailed a weekly newsletter with news of opportunities and have access to cloud-based career resources. They can also come along to our twice daily careers drop-in or schedule a one-to-one with our dedicated team. We also arrange regular presentations and Q&As from leading sector employers.
It doesn't end when students graduate. Alumni can access our full careers services for up to three years after graduation.
Some of our graduates prefer to go on to further study.
Construction and Property graduates tend to focus on areas like BIM, construction project management, façade engineering, town and country planning, real estate management, finance and management.
Architecture graduates often go on to do Architecture part 2 and part 3 courses - at UWE Bristol or elsewhere. Others complete Masters courses in subjects like sustainability, heritage and conservation.
Planning graduates prefer to study specialist subjects relating to planning, including urban planning, town and country planning, and transport planning.
The Careers Service provides students with guidance on choosing further study courses, applying for a place, and preparation for interview (if required).
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