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Graduate profiles

Graduate profiles

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 the qualifications that we offer.


Our graduates are articulate, confident, adaptable and have excellent communication skills. During your time with us, you will develop your self-reliance and self-motivation. All of our courses teach you other skills such as planning and time management, teamwork, leadership, negotiation and problem-solving.

Depending on your choice of course, you may also learn one or more foreign languages which are highly sought after by employers. Certain modules also develop your abilities in questionnaire design, quantitative analysis, discourse analysis, and digital recording and interviewing.

Diverse career options

Our graduates have gone on to have careers in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, journalism, branding, advertising, marketing, travel, communications, publishing, speech and occupational therapy, interpreting, translating and media.

Our former students are now working for a diverse array of organisations, from the British Council to the Royal Bank of Scotland, from Cambridge University Press to the Norfolk Constabulary, and from English in Action to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Work placements

Employers today are saying that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are 'unlikely to be successful' during the selection process and have 'little or no chance' of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes. (High Fliers 2015).

Many of our Departments give you the chance to take up a work placement as part of your course and there are a number of placement vacancies you can apply for. This year, four of our students have seen off fierce competition to secure placements with Essex County Fire and Rescue Servicer and TTC wetranslate. Find out more about our work placements.

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Be an intern

Develop a stand-out CV and earn money at the same time with Essex Interns. If you're a current student, or you've graduated from Essex in the last three years, there are a number of great internships to apply for today.

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.

frontrunners placements

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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.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.