Supporting you into work
Studying at NTU will kick-start your future, but there are lots of other skills you can build to help you secure a job that excites you. Employers are looking for candidates who can prove their passions and abilities – that's why we make sure our undergraduate courses are professionally accredited, with work experience built into every course.
Our dedicated Employability team are on-hand to advise on how to boost your career prospects, provide practical skills support and to help you find part-time, volunteering, placement and graduate job opportunities.
It’s a personalised service, geared towards your own specific needs and goals. Located at our City and Clifton campuses, our Employability Centres offer drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments, as well as extensive online support.
How we help students find jobs
Work experience opportunities
Whatever course you’re studying, you’ll have the chance to test and grow your skills in the workplace. When you meet with graduate employers, you’ll have more than just a qualification; you’ll have relevant, hands-on industry experience, and access to our huge network of companies and partners.
CV and interview skills
We provide tools and personalised support through every stage of the job-hunting and career-building process. That’s everything from writing up your CV, LinkedIn profile to job applications and interview practice.
Links with global employers
We have developed a national and international reputation for the quality of our graduates. Study with us, and you’ll get a professional head-start with our global network of employers who attend our job fairs on campus, giving you the chance to meet and present yourself face-to-face.
Nottingham also has a vibrant graduate recruitment market and we work closely with organisations within the region to retain our talent and provide exciting opportunities on your doorstep.
Self-employment and entrepreneurship experts
We’ve been supporting our students with their self-employment ideas since 2001, helping more than 400 start-ups into existence. If you’ve got the energy and ideas to forge your own professional path, NTU Enterprise — our purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship — can help turn your business dreams into a reality.
Job fairs and events
Our Jobs Fairs are held throughout the year, giving you the chance to talk to leading companies and organisations from around the world looking to recruit NTU students. Discover opportunities, network, and promote yourself to potential employers
The Employability team also run workshops and employer sessions every week to help prepare you for your next steps, improve your skills and knowledge and gain exclusive industry insight.
Build up your work experience while getting some precious funds on board through our JobShop and Unitemps teams. JobShop is a great resource for finding paid work in and around the city, with hundreds of opportunities across a huge range of sectors.
Unitemps is our in-house provider for all casual work at NTU. With a wide variety of roles on offer — from student ambassadors, to supporting NTU's own marketing campaigns, we'll help you to find the opportunities that best suit your own development, as you build the skills that matter.
Our online portal for graduate opportunities, vacancies and careers resources — offering exclusive access to a huge range of employers and organisations, all looking to recruit NTU students and graduates. The positions on offer include graduate jobs, internships and much more.
Future You – life after NTU
Our support doesn’t end when you graduate. As an NTU student you will be entitled to dedicated careers support for up to three years after you complete your studies. You’ll have access to exclusive events, initiatives and work experience opportunities to support you in the early stages of your graduate career.
We're in the top 50 for graduate prospects (2022 Complete University Guide).
All of our courses come with embedded work-like experience — things like live projects, briefs, and professional competitions.
Whatever the subject, we work closely with industry leaders to ensure that what you’re learning is what employers expect to see. When you meet with graduate employers, you’ll have more than just a qualification; you’ll have relevant, hands-on industry experience, and access to our huge network of companies and partners.
Develop new skills, make professional contacts and get on the path to success with our different types of work experience.
Employability Awards — make your experience count
Experience counts to employers and there are lots of ways to gain it outside of your course.
Our Employability Awards gives you points and recognition for taking part in work experience, volunteering, skills sessions, employability initiatives and Students’ Union activities, earning you either a bronze, silver or gold award.
The more you do, the higher you can achieve.
Students in Classrooms
Be a positive role model, make a difference to local young people. Our Students in Classrooms programme is an innovative scheme that puts NTU students alongside teachers in primary and secondary schools, academies and colleges.
The programme aims to help raise attainment levels, develop pupil character, and raise awareness about the opportunities that are available post-16 and within higher education.
Rise – supporting success for all
We want all our students to enjoy the same level of success both during and after their studies. Our Rise team was created to enable eligible students to fulfil their potential and have the same opportunities to access valuable industry experience and skills as their peers.
Students who meet any of the below criteria can access support from Rise:
- Postcode: students from postcode areas where progression into higher education is low
- Low-income households: students who are entitled to the maximum tuition fee and maintenance loan from Student Finance and are in receipt of the NTU Bursary
- Disability: students in receipt of Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA)
- Care leavers: students who have formerly been in Local Authority or Foster Care
- University entry qualifications: Students who have entered university with BTEC qualifications only
What type of support is available?
- Rise Work Experience Fund – funding up to £300 to help with the costs of undertaking unpaid work experience.
- Rise Progression Fund – funding up to £100 to help with the costs of attending recruitment activities for formal placements, graduate opportunities and postgraduate study.
- Rise PLAN (Placement Learning Academy NTU) – a specially developed programme designed to support second-year students seeking sandwich placements. This intensive programme aims to boost confidence and resilience, make you more commercially aware and give you the vital skills to succeed in recruitment processes.
- Sandwich Placement Bursary – financial support of up to £1,500 for eligible students completing a sandwich placement as part of their course.
(Information correct as of July 2021 - funds are subject to change)
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Accessing Employability Services
Current students can visit our StudentHub pages to access NTU Employability services.