University of Southampton

Careers and employability

At Southampton we are dedicated to helping you consider your career options, develop employability skills and increase your experience, confidence and connections.

Opportunities include placements (past companies involved include Eaton, Zurich, Mayflower Theatre, Ordnance Survey and Ransom Publishing), workshops and clinics, volunteering and enterprise.

The University of Southampton has recently been named as one of the top 20 universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in the High Fliers Research Group's 2015 Graduate Market report.

We offer a range of services and activities to help you get the most out of your time here and graduate with more than an excellent degree from a world-class, research-focused university.

Whatever your level of study, life after university can be daunting. We help to make this process easy and exciting, providing as much help and support as possible.

Your employability

We encourage and support you in taking as many opportunities as you can to enhance your employability. Some of the opportunities available include joining societies, from the performing arts and student media to debate society and a wide range of sports teams. We have over 200 societies to choose from.

We can also support you in making the transferable skills you gained from these experiences and your studies clear to potential employers, to give you a competitive edge.


Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you at every stage of your career journey and up to three years after your graduation.

Our extensive range of workshops, drop-in sessions, networking events and careers fairs provide the guidance you need to make the most of your skills.

Careers and Employability

Receive support and advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Careers and Employability

Services we provide

• workshops and clinics to help you with your CV and interview skills

• informal drop-in sessions to suit your needs

• assessment centre events

• mentoring and internship programmes

• networking events and careers fair

• Enterprise support and advice

To access our extensive careers events calendar, online resources or to find out more, visit our Careers and Employability Service website.

Internships, placements and work experience

At Southampton, you will have many opportunities to take up paid placements with leading companies.

We will also help you with the steps towards applying for internships and work experience. Within the last year, students have been offered placements with Eaton, Zurich, Ageas and Southampton International Airport and many more.

There are many internship, placements and work experience opportunities for you to engage with including our exclusive Excel programme for short-term placements lasting 4-12 weeks, our Student Consultancy Programme, year-long placements as part of a programme of study and study abroad.

Find out more about work-based opportunities.

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering can be rewarding

You will gain valuable skills and make a difference to the community

Volunteering can be rewarding

We encourage and support you in taking as many opportunities as you can to enhance your employability and help to inform your future career choices. In addition to a broad range of volunteering opportunities, the Students' Union also offer a range of clubs and societies you can get involved with.

Explore our volunteering opportunities.

Student Enterprise

Whether you are interested in building your own business or focusing on social enterprise and developing a business to tackle social problems, we can support you. Career Destinations run a number of workshops, events and opportunities for you to develop entrepreneurial skills

There are also a range of Enterprise societies that you can be part of including:

Enactus Southampton – Enactus is a global community which combines the talents and ideas of students, academics and business leaders to create projects and business opportunities for communities worldwide. Enactus Southampton have won the National Competition three times since 2011, and came second in the World Cup Final in Cancun in 2013.

Fish on Toast - Fish on Toast is an Entrepreneurial Society at Southampton who run regular sessions to inspire students, including interactive workshops and talks from successful entrepreneurs.

AIESEC - AIESEC provides opportunities for skill development, networking and involvement with conferences.

Discover more about getting involved with Student Enterprise.

Taking a year out

From working for a year in industry, to studying abroad, the benefits from taking a year out can be a valuable asset to your CV.

Year In Industry is a registered charity that works with hundreds of companies to help students in their gap year before starting university and during their placement year while they are studying.

You can benefit from competitive salaries, sponsorship and free training courses. Our Year in Industry office can be found in Building 16, Room 1037, University Crescent on Highfield Campus. You can contact the team by calling +44 (0)23 80 8059 2430, or by email.

Visit the Year in Industry website.

We are connected to a large number of Socrates-Erasmus Universities across Europe, providing you with the opportunity to study abroad.

Find out more about our Erasmus+ scheme.