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Welcome to Generation Essex

Generation Essex is still here to support you with your career planning and development. Join Generation Essex today and you will be able to access:

  • Support with applying for a Masters
  • Paid internships ring-fenced for Essex graduates
  • Grants for starting your own business or freelancing
  • Support with applying for teacher training
  • A range of professional skills workshops, networking events and online resources
  • Tailored advice and support from our knowledgeable careers advisers
  • Our monthly newsletter full of useful information about planning your career and how to keep motivated in your search
  • And much more!

What are you waiting for? Join Generation Essex or email for more information.  

You can also call us on 01206 872494, email or drop in to Employability and Careers to book an appointment with one of our careers advisers.  

Generation Essex support is time-limited so sign up today to get access to these fantastic opportunities! After this, our ongoing advice and guidance is available for up to three years after you graduate and you can still access CareerHub during this time.

Remember to keep your preferences up-to-date on the Generation Essex form, so we can tailor our support to best suit where you are right now.

What do you want to do?

Considering a Masters?

Look no further than your very own Employability and Careers team who can help you find the perfect course here at Essex (you get a discount for this!) or elsewhere. We’ll even help you through your application and help you find information on funding.

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Giving you a fighting chance really is our forte. You’ll have extended access to CareerHub for three years after you graduate to help you apply for graduate schemes, jobs and internships.

We can also point you in the direction of Essex Interns. They create real and paid internships for all Essex students but they also create incredible paid graduate internship opportunities just for Essex 2018 graduates. A graduate internship can go a long way to building your CV.  

Talking of CVs, you’ll continue to be able to access our careers team for CV reviews, Application reviews, interview support and one-to-one career consultations.

Already found your dream job or internship?

Awesome. You’re awesome. Well done! Don’t forget though, you can still access the Employability and Careers team for all of the extended careers support or even help you with some development workshops or top-up professional qualifications in your desired field to make you even better at your job.

Setting up on your own?

Got a great business idea or want to start freelancing? We have got so much support for you. Get involved with the Essex Startups programme and prepare or develop your business plan with support from our experts. Search ‘Essex Startups’ on CareerHub for upcoming events.

Start-Up grants for recent Essex graduates  

Got a business idea but need some kit or space to get it off the ground? Apply for a Start-Up grant from the University of Essex!  

It isn’t easy to start a business, become self-employed or go freelance, so we’re offering Start-Up grants of up to either £500 or £1000, available now! Whether you need to purchase equipment, some space to work or some additional training or qualifications, a Start-Up grant could be yours.  

To apply, complete the application form and, if successful, you could have the money in your bank account within a few weeks.  Application forms need to be submitted by the last day of the month (last monthly deadline is 31 January 2019) and we will even help successful applicants with additional advice and support to grow your business. Click here to access the application form.  

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your business and get applying!  

If you have any questions relating to the Start-Up grant, please email or why not check out our FAQs.

Want to teach?

Great decision! Whether you’ve already secured your route into teaching or not, we are here for you. We have teaching careers experts to help with your UCAS teacher training application and exploring the various routes into teaching. They can also help you research grants and bursaries to support your training!

The 2018 Teaching Fair will take place on 6 November, 5pm-8pm, on Colchester campus. Find out more and book on to the event here.

  • Want to teach? - Find Out More

    To teach in England and Wales you need to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This can be obtained by completing a one year Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme through either a school-led or university-based route.

    You will then have achieved newly qualified teacher (NQT) status and will be ready to undertake your induction year.

    Applications for most teacher training programmes in England and Wales are made through UCAS Teacher Training, in the autumn prior to starting training. To find out more, see routes into teaching. Financial support is available including bursaries for some subjects depending on degree grade.

    You will need to amass at least 2 weeks work experience in schools at the age range you wish to teach. You will need to contact schools to see what work experience they can offer you.

    For more information about how to become a teacher and the different routes into teaching, download the Teaching as a Career information sheet.

Want to develop your professional skills?

We would love to see you back on campus at one of our talks or workshops exclusively designed to help you brush up your existing employability skills, learn new ones and get you confident about applying for graduate jobs. Whether you want to put together a top-notch CV, make yourself stand out in your professional online profile or navigate the tricky assessment stages of the interview process, we have the event for you.

We’ve even got Times Top 100 companies coming onto campus to give you tips on how to get a dream job with them now you’ve graduated.  

You will be able to view and book the majority of our events two weeks before they take place by visiting CareerHub. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date event listings.  

You also benefit from Alumni professional development and networking events for life. Look out for your monthly Alumni newsletter, this will keep you in touch with every single offer we launch for Essex graduates.