Careers and employability

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Looking to stand out from the crowd and secure that all-important graduate job in an increasingly competitive job market? Your degree from the University of Leeds and the wider experience you’ll gain while you’re studying here will help you to do just that.

Our close working relationships with a large number of key companies means that throughout your degree you’ll be exposed to industry and prepared for a career in a professional environment.

98% of our recent graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17.

Recent graduates have secured positions including:

Visit our course pages for more course specific career destinations.

Careers support

Throughout your time with us, our Employability team is here to support, guide and advise you.

Our employability team offers various resources, such as:

  • specialist face-to-face meetings
  • timetabled employability sessions
  • internship and placement support
  • employer workshops
  • career guidance appointments
  • STEM careers fair

You can also access our University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country with experienced advisers and strong relationships with graduate recruiters.

Internship opportunities

We advertise a range of smaller, 8-12 week paid internships in local SMEs, charities, University of Leeds departments and multi-national organisations. Over half of these opportunities are exclusive to University of Leeds students, meaning that the number of students you are competing against is lower than if it was a national scheme.

The Environment Agency

As part of our developing relationship with The Environment Agency we are able to offer paid summer internship opportunities to our undergraduates.The Environment Agency monitors and evaluates the state of the environment, manages assets such as flood defences and provides excellent customer service to the public and business providing information, support and advice.

The placement programme is to be based in the Environment Agency’s Operations Directorate. This Directorate delivers much of the operational work in the environment, including sampling and monitoring, as well as local customer service across the Agency’s 14 operational Areas across England.

There are 15 placements available for summer 2019, please contact Tessa Grant for more information.

Previous roles have included:

  • National Enforcement Services
  • Evidence Delivery Team
  • River Basin Management Service
  • National Trading and Regulatory Standards
  • Yorkshire - Environment Programme team
  • Yorkshire - Fisheries Biodiversity & Geomorphology (North team)
  • Yorkshire - Environment Management - Land & Water team
  • Yorkshire - Environment Management – West Yorkshire
  • Waste team (Admin officer)
  • Sustainable Places - Cumbria and Lancashire

Luke Jones, BA Geography:

I've really enjoyed the internship so far and the projects I've been able to get involved in. It's been a great opportunity and the team have been exceptionally welcoming and helpful. I can't wait to see what's in store over the next few weeks.

Industrial placement year

Our degrees include the option to complete a placement year in industry. An industrial placement year is a fantastic way of exploring your own strengths and the realities of working life. Find out more about industrial placement opportunities.

Enterprise and volunteering

If you’re keen to develop your entrepreneurial skills or set up your own business, then we have the facilities and experience to help you.

The University’s innovative SPARK initiative can help you with business start-up support, advice and funding to develop an idea you may have into a viable business.

You also have the opportunity to apply for the year in enterprise programme, which gives you the chance to take a year out to develop your business – you’ll receive a £5,000 bursary and have access to advice, mentoring and professional networks.

Visit the enterprise website to find out more.

If you’d like to volunteer, there are a number of student-led volunteering societies – plus there are a number of groups run by students which offer you a number of opportunities throughout your degree.

Volunteering is a great way for you to enhance your CV further and develop valuable skills, as well as giving something back to the community.