Careers and employability

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Employers are looking for graduates who seek life-changing experiences and opportunities to grow throughout their time at university, enabling them to become independent thinkers who are ready to make an impact. 

At the Business School, with our dedicated Employability and Opportunity team, we help you to develop the skills and experience that will boost your CV and make you stand out to top graduate employers. Think of us as a springboard to your future. 

During my time at university, I've joined Enactus Society (consulting with small businesses), sat on the Business Society Committee (Vice President), volunteered as a PASS mentor, worked as a brand ambassador on campus, and completed a placement year at Nestlé.

Make an impact on your career

  • Optional years – all our courses include the opportunity to extend your degree to spend a year in industry or studying abroad. These are brilliant ways to enhance your study and future career prospects by gaining valuable learning experiences.
  • Summer internships – for those looking for a shorter work experience, we can offer you support to find summer internships.
  • Mentoring – our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme connects you with professionals from industry.
  • Meet employers – we run a range of workshops and employer-led events, giving you helpful insight into how to stand out in the graduate employment market. We are the 6th most targeted university by the UK’s top graduate employers (High Fliers report, The Graduate Market in 2023). 
  • Improve your entrepreneurial skills – the University of Leeds Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies provides practical support, materials and guidance to those who are interested in gaining new skills and improving their enterprise background. SPARK support students who are thinking about starting their own business.
  • From study to work  This specialist second year module 'From Study to Work', equips you with the skills to secure placement opportunities and prepare for a professional career. Track your progress to help you recognise your personal, professional and academic development, and to articulate your skills and knowledge to employers.
  • The University of Leeds Careers Service – you’ll also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Service - one of the largest in the country - which includes access to My-Career, an online resource and database of thousands of internships and graduate vacancies.
  • Other Business School opportunities – you can enhance your academic learning and work-related skills through participation in our Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS), by becoming a course representative or ambassador, undertaking a research summer project or joining a volunteering scheme. 
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Professional relevance 

We work closely with employers and industry experts to ensure that our courses are relevant to the evolving business world. Employers regularly deliver presentations and workshops and many of our courses are professionally accredited - giving extra value to your degree. 

Accreditations and exemptions

See more of our accreditations.

90% of UK-based graduates are in employment and/or further study within 15 months of graduation. 91% of UK-based graduates in employment are in graduate level employment such as professional or managerial work within 15 months of graduation. 

Graduating cohort 2020/21 , Graduate Outcomes Survey

Q-Step initiative

Top employers have identified a shortage of social science graduates with the quantitative skills needed to analyse data and evaluate research evidence. Q-Step is a well-established national programme aimed at addressing this need. 

The University of Leeds Q-Step Centre has developed a range of ‘With Quantitative Methods’ pathways, modules and other extra-curricular opportunities for students across the social sciences to develop their data literacy skills and enhance their employability. 

How does it work? 

You apply for the course as normal. In your first year you can then choose to enrol for special quantitative-based modules, such as Understanding Data in the Social Sciences. If you pass these modules, further Q-Step modules will be available in your second and final years. 

How will it help me? 

Taking Q-Step modules will help you develop the vital quantitative skills sought by employers whilst allowing you to maintain the subject focus of your degree. 

The University of Leeds has an outstanding reputation for quantitative social science and is home to the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, a prestigious UK Research Council Centre for big data analytics in both health and consumer behaviour. This expertise, along with our links with industry and government, will help to inform your teaching on the new modules. 

Ziying Gong BSc International Business

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My dissertation involved working with industry experts to make an important contribution to the field of international business. I feel very proud of the work I have completed and the learning which I will be able to apply to my career afterwards.
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