Here in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, we support the development of both your personal and professional skills.
These skills are honed over the course of your undergraduate study – from making the most of your time at University in the early years, through to developing the key skills required by employers toward the end of your study.
For example, we currently offer placement opportunities to third-year students on Law and Journalism Studies degree programmes and are working on developing even more of these opportunities for other undergraduates. These placements allow students to apply what they have learned at University to a real working environment and to start considering and experiencing the types of employment they would like to progress into after their degree.
In the final year of your undergraduate degree, the attention is on your transition to the world of work or further study after graduation.
On the first day of teaching, all fourth-year students are invited to the “Final Year Conference” which focuses on the skills needed to be successful in the final year and on skills training for employment. Each year, there is a number of employer-led training sessions for students to attend.
Throughout your course of study, opportunities are available for you to develop a range of presentation and interactional skills, which are key to securing future employment.
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Students have access to advice, information and career opportunities not only in the UK, but worldwide.
Postgraduate students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities through our exciting programme of events tailored to their needs – whether that is towards further academic study or into employment. This is integral to their academic study.
Many of our degree programmes (both undergraduate and postgraduate) have a specific vocational focus. These programmes offer extended opportunities for you to learn about the relevant industries and work practices. Other programmes can lead to a wider variety of employment options and in these types of programmes, many students select a dissertation option that links to and enhances their plans for study or employment when they graduate.
The videos below give a student perspective of some of our taught postgraduate degrees. More viewpoints like this can be found here.
The programmes in the Faculty are very diverse but they all provide opportunities for you to engage with the world of work while you are studying. Depending on the course you are studying you may:
- Have opportunities to undertake internships and placements in the UK;
- Complete student projects that are linked to particular employer’s needs;
- Study business related modules to allow you to develop business skills;
- Have the opportunities to be mentored by one of our alumni;
- Have access to a wide network of industry speakers who visit the Faculty;
- Participate in study aboard opportunities to enhance your CV.
- Take part in activities and training provided by industry experts who visit the Faculty
- Undertake extracurricular activities and clubs which have a direct impact on your employment prospects such as mooting for law students and writing for “The Brig” student newspaper for journalism students.
- Study career and personal development modules which will help build confidence and your understanding of what you careers to consider and how to successfully apply.
The Faculty works closely with a wide variety of local and national employers and community organisations. This means that students have access to a variety of work-related networks. Our students complete placements in diverse contexts that include community projects, financial organisations, galleries, legal firms, voluntary organisations, festivals, radio stations and film companies.