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Your career options

Graduate profiles

Leila Bow

Our graduates acquire an exceptionally diverse range of skills during their time at Essex and have entered a wide variety of industries. Their stories demonstrate the versatility of an interdisciplinary qualification.


Our graduates are articulate, confident, literate and cultured. They have learned to think and operate across disciplinary boundaries. The majority have spent a year studying abroad, enhancing their independence and understanding of foreign cultures. Many have learned a foreign language which is greatly valued by prospective employers.

Beyond the obvious benefits of having a good all-round education that gives students intelligent perspectives on the world, Liberal Arts and other Humanities and interdisciplinary degrees have recently become a great preparation for hi tech jobs. This is according to no less an authority than the famous US business journal, Forbes Magazine.

Diverse career options

All of the courses that we offer are interdisciplinary and give you the opportunity to build your study from a wide array of modules offered by various schools and departments within our University. This means that your career options are incredibly diverse as you can study subjects that suit your goals. Many of our students uncover a passion for a subject they had not considered before during their time at Essex and go on to work in related fields.

Careers that our graduates have gone into include international relations, the civil service, journalism, public relations, BBC programme production, IT, banking, imports and exports, travel and tourism, translation, teaching, archaeology, anthropology, museology and the arts. Many go onto postgraduate study at universities around the world.

Employability and Careers Centre

Throughout your time at Essex, advisors at our Employability and Careers Centre will be available to help you formulate your career plan.

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.


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Frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.