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Employability and careers

To stand out in today’s job market you'll need a strong qualification, industry experience and the skills to properly market yourself.

We're one of the UK's most employment-focused universities. With tailored support and advice from NTU's Employability team, you’ll graduate with everything you need for a competitive edge in your career.

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. We have Employability Hubs at our City, Clifton, Brackenhurst and Mansfield campuses. We offer one-to-one support, as well as extensive online support. This includes live chat and online drop-in appointments.

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 career 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.

Career fairs and events

Our career 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.

Part-time jobs

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.

MyEmployability

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.

Graduate support team — 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).

Work experience

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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.

The Employability podcast

Working On It is the official NTU Employability podcast, offering great advice from special guests including NTU students and alumni.

Employability Awards — make your experience count

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Experience counts to employers and there are lots of ways to gain it outside of your course.

Our Developing with NTU Award offers you flexibility to create an award that works for you. It can encompass all the things you do as an NTU student. This includes employability-related activities and experiences, as well as commitments external to NTU, such as part time jobs and volunteering.

You can also supplement your learning and development with our specialised Employability Awards. These focus on key themes and experiences like:

  • Enterprise
  • Sustainability
  • Digital
  • Global.

For each of these, you’ll work towards a bronze, silver or gold award. The more you do, the higher you can achieve.

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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.

Who's eligible?

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?

The following information is correct as of November 2022. Funds are subject to change.

Rise Work Experience Fund

Funding of up to £400 is available to help with the costs of undertaking unpaid work experience. The work experience must take place during NTU vacation periods.

Rise Progression Fund

Funding of up to £100 is available to help with the costs of attending recruitment activities. These can include 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 your confidence and resilience
  • make you more commercially aware
  • give you the vital skills to succeed in recruitment processes.

Rise Disability support

Dedicated employability support for students with a:

  • disability
  • neurodivergence
  • long-term health condition.

Exclusive events and opportunities

These are available throughout the academic year for eligible students.

If you have any questions about Employability and their services, you can chat with the team on our live chat.