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Developing skills and experience

We are committed to ensuring that graduates are ready and able to realise their full potential.

But we understand that everyone has different aspirations. So we provide a range of services that support students to progress to:

  • full-time employment
  • self-employment
  • further study.

We identify vital skills through applying our UWE Bristol Graduate Attribute Framework to students’ needs. This helps us find or create opportunities so they can gain the right experience and skills.

Work placements

More than 5,300 of our students do work placements every year. The perfect opportunity to show potential employers competence, imagination and commitment, these also help students to:

  • boost their CV
  • develop confidence and skills
  • gain valuable business contacts.

Opportunities range from short projects to one-year placements. Our careers support teams provide tailored advice finding and securing work. And thanks to our diverse employer partners, students can search for placements in their chosen sector, organisation or profession: from start-ups and SMEs, to charities, the public sector, and industry leaders like AirbusMicrosoftBBC and IBM.

Doing internships

We fund more than 200 student internships every year. These give our students the edge in a crowded jobs market plus the chance to build their business network. The latest vacancies and work experience are available in our online resources.

Volunteering knowledge and skills

Many of our students use their knowledge and skills to help organisations deliver vital services. Our volunteering service arranges opportunities ranging from one-off community action days, to long-term commitments. It's good for the soul as well as the CV. And many of our students love it so much, they continue after graduation.

Working part-time

There are plenty of opportunities for students to gain experience and earn money working part-time while they are studying. The Students' Union at UWE Jobshop advertises part-time jobs. And our careers service provides support and advice with job applications.

Developing mentoring skills

Students can develop important mentoring skills from their second year onwards on our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL). As PAL leaders, they receive comprehensive training, so they can run weekly study sessions supporting first year students on their course.

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