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Careers & 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.

In the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017 the University was ranked amongst the world's top 150 best institutions for employability, and in the top 20 in the UK.

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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.

We are the 17th among universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2014/15 (Graduate Market in 2015 report, prepared by High Flier Research), and in the top 30 UK universities for graduate starting salaries (Sunday Times University Guide 2014)

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you at every stage of your career journey at university and after you graduate.

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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.

Services we provide

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

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. Careers and Employability Service 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:

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 Employment

The University of Southampton delivers its own placement scheme, the Year in Employment, for eligible programmes which do not have in-built placement year opportunities.

Co-ordinated by the Placements team in the Careers and Employability Service, the Year in Employment is a fantastic opportunity to develop your personal and professional skills, providing an excellent foundation for building your career.

For more information, please see the Year in Employment website. This programme is undergoing academic validation and for more information please contact the Year in Employment team.

Year in Industry

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.

Studying abroad

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 the Erasmus+ scheme and our study abroad and exchange opportunites

Earning money on campus

Jobs on campus

Find out more about working alongside your studies

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