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Careers & employability

Starting a career or improving employability prospects is important for most students. We have a range of services and resources dedicated to helping you:

Services and resources that we encourage you to use through our Careers and Employability Service and Union Southampton include:

Our employability rankings

Companies we work with

Some of the biggest graduate employers have partnered with us to attract our students. We help you to build connections with these organisations by:

Examples of companies that have partnered or work with us include:

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“Try everything. If you don’t know what you want to do after graduating take short summer internships between years, you earn money and get out of your overdraft, whilst also being able to learn and develop new skills and get a better understanding of what it is you would like to do after graduating – it’s a win/win.”

Michael Sansoni
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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Personal development

We encourage and support you in taking as many opportunities as you can to enhance your employability. Opportunities available include joining one of Union Southampton’s 200 societies which range from performing arts and student media to debate society and a wide range of sports teams.

Volunteering Bank

We run a Volunteering Bank which you can use to access a wide variety of volunteering opportunities.

We can also support you in making transferable skills that you gained from these experiences apparent to potential employers to give you a competitive edge.

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.

Internships, placements and work experience

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

We also source and help you with applying for internships and work experience. Within the last year, students have been offered placements and internships with L'Oréal, Ordnance Survey, Hampshire County Council, IBM and Oxfam.

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.

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.


The Career Mentoring programme aims to match you with a professional who can assist you with a variety of aspects relating to developing your career, including: career planning; building professional skills eg interview technique, building confidence; and developing a professional network.

Your mentoring relationship is flexible and negotiated to fit in with both your and your mentor’s work/study/life balance. Some of the key companies who mentor students under our programme include IBM, Coffin Mew Solicitors, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.

To find out more about mentoring, including how to apply, please visit the Mentoring website.

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.

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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