Careers and Professional Development

Top 10 in the UK for graduate employability

QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2017

Improve your professional skills

Gain the confidence for a successful career

A postgraduate student in conversation at the Business School

Regular speaker events

Meet business leaders and discuss the latest professional thinking

Professional Development Tutors

One-to-one advice sessions to focus on your skills

Professional Development tutor in conversation with a student

In an increasingly competitive global job market, a Masters degree from Leeds University Business School equips you with the academic and professional skills you need to enhance your career development.

We support your employability by integrating professional development activities into our courses.

We can also help you to connect with employers and keep up-to-date with the latest business ideas.

Develop your professional skills
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Professional Development Tutors

Our Professional Development Tutors provide tailored academic and careers support within most of our Masters degrees. They help you with essential academic skills to succeed in your studies, whilst working with you to develop the employability skills you need for your career.

Throughout your course they will make sure you develop the professional skills that employers value. Their expertise is embedded into teaching, with many courses offering dedicated modules in skills development.

You can also get one-to-one coaching for job search activities such as CV writing, interview preparation and effective self-presentation. The Business School’s Professional Development Hub is a dedicated facility with meeting rooms, training rooms and a student resource area.

Skills development integrated in learning and teaching

We make sure you're prepared for a successful future by integrating skills development into all aspects of the course. You'll focus on skills such as leadership, critical analysis and problem-solving, as well as develop and practice professional skills, such as teamwork, communication skills and intercultural understanding. You'll take part in group projects with students from a range of cultural backgrounds, simulating the international situations you are likely to experience in your career.

Practical experience for your CV

Many of our Masters courses give you the opportunity to work on live case studies, simulations, consultancy projects and company assignments, giving you practical experience for your CV.

Case study: Dissertation project with Bentley Motors
Bentley Motor interns Saloni Dikshit and David Yodaiken

As part of a joint dissertation project, David YodaikenMSc Organizational Psychology and Saloni DikshitMSc Business Psychology delivered a consultancy project for Bentley Motors titled ‘Creating a cost-conscious culture within a luxury automotive industry’. 

Saloni explains, “The opportunity for the project came from the Business School’s existing relationship with Bentley Motors. We made recommendations on how the product cost-optimisation department can approach organisational change. We applied the theoretical knowledge from our course, like systems thinking, to suggest how the organisation can take a holistic approach to change.”

After presenting their findings to senior managers at the UK headquarters, they were offered 12-month internships to continue the project and help to implement their recommendations. David explains, “The internship is a great opportunity to develop my skills and gain some experience at a multinational organisation. Having such an organisation on my CV will be worth its weight in gold. Combined with the learning we will gain, I'm very excited for the future.”

Case study: Marketing consultancy project with National Grid
Chelsea Moen, MA Corporate Communications and Public Relations 2013

The Consultancy Project available on our Marketing Masters programmes gives students the opportunity to work in a live business situation, make links with industry and gain work experience. 

Chelsea Moen, MA Corporate Communications and Public Relations, undertook her project titled 'Best Practice in Managing and Measuring Corporate Reputation' with National Grid.

Chelsea explains, "Working with National Grid was a really enjoyable experience - a wonderful opportunity to gain insight and exposure to the potential careers I’m interested in. I've gained some great real-life experience within a corporate affairs environment and received excellent exposure; I interviewed senior executives and directors of global companies. And it looks great on my CV!"

Connect with employers
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The University of Leeds is targeted by top employers looking to recruit talented graduates. Many major companies regularly visit campus to meet students, either to talk about specific careers or as part of business speaker events. Many more advertise on the Careers Centre jobs and placement website.

Stay up-to-date

Employers look for graduates who understand the latest business developments and ideas. Our speaker events provide an ideal platform to hear and discuss current topics with business leaders and offer rare networking opportunities.

Regular events include the flagship Corporate Wisdom Lecture Series featuring leading figures from across the globe. Previous speakers have included IBM, Siemens plc, Shell Global Solutions, Hewlett Packard and Deloitte LLP. Watch the latest lectures 

Kick-start your career
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Careers Centre

Our award-winning Careers Centre is a free service to all University of Leeds students and recent graduates. The Centre runs regular events on campus to help with your career planning. This includes graduate recruitment fairs, drop-in days with employers, workshops, presentations and industry talks. You also have exclusive access to the Careers Centre jobs database, advertising the latest graduate vacancies from employers worldwide, including placements and internships.

Support for entrepreneurs

If you’re interested in developing your own business, we offer a number of support schemes to nurture your enterprising skills and ideas. From funding your idea and mentoring to an incubation space where you can develop your company. Our Spark initiative for students and graduates is dedicated to helping you start a business in the UK. Read more about support for entrepreneurs.

International careers support

Many of our students are inspired by our international focus, and plan careers outside of the UK. At Leeds, you will have access to a wide range of resources relevant to international careers as well as connections with our global alumni network.

Student view

"[After leaving Leeds] I joined the DBS Bank Management Associate Program in Taipei. It’s a great start to my career and I’m grateful to the business school for its support in finding this opportunity.” 

Chu Cheng WuMSc Management

Our alumni enjoy careers all over the world.