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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.