Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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 graduates are in demand among companies that value teamwork skills, independence, numeracy and scientific literacy.

University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research.

Leeds is one of our biggest campuses for recruitment, the students are independent, resilient and fit perfectly with our vision to employ the leaders of tomorrow.

Amie Bloomfield, Senior National Account Manager, Proctor & Gamble

91% of graduates from the School of Earth and Environment are in graduate-level employment such as professional or managerial work within 15 months of graduating, Graduate Outcomes 2017/18.
Data is from 56 UK-based students (40% response rate)

Recent graduates from the School of Earth and Environment have secured positions including:

Geology and Geophysics

  • Geophysicist, National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology

  • Project Engineer, Fugro Geoconsulting Ltd

  • Geoscientist, ExxonMobil

  • Exploration Geologist, Anglo American

  • Mapping Geologist, British Geological Survey

  • Environmental Control Officer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Environment Officer, Environmental Agency

  • Environmental Consultant, AEA Energy and Environment

  • Hydrologist, Aqualinc

  • Environment and Sustainability Manager, BCM Construction

  • Operational Meteorologist, Met Office

  • Senior Ecologist, British Waterways

  • Environmental Officer, Department of Environment, Parks & Recreation

  • Research Scientist, ITM Power

Sustainability and Business

  • Geotechnical Engineer, Atkins

  • Transport Development Officer, Leicester City Council

  • Account Manager, Molson Coors Brewery

  • Graduate Sustainability Consultant, Mott MacDonald

  • Sustainability Project Manager, Marks and Spencer

  • Technical Advisor, Valpak Ltd

Visit our course pages for 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.

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 can take advantage of workshops to help you develop your knowledge and grow your ideas. 

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.