Careers and Employability Centre

For employers

Engage with our students and graduates

The Careers and Employability Centre offers a wide range of services to employers (click on each service to find out more):

Free vacancy advertising

We operate a free vacancy advertising service for opportunities which are suitable for our current students or recent graduates. Adverts appear at our online vacancy listing and interested candidates will apply to you directly.

One year professional placements (part of the academic programme)

All schools at Sussex now offer a professional placement year. For further details on how we can help you recruit a suitable student for your organisation, please email:

Temporary and short term work experience

The Careers and Employability Centre can help you recruit students and recent graduates for temporary work experience opportunities. Work experience is a really cost effective way of raising your profile on campus and even of trialing potential future graduate employees. Funding may be available to support you - see the 'Funding to recruit interns' section below.

Funding to recruit interns

The University of Sussex is a partner of Santander Universities UK and we are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of financially supported internships to eligible SMEs. We hope the programme will help you to find some talented interns and possible future employees.

Government guidance on providing quality internships.

Throughout the year the University may also offer full funding to eligible employers to take on current students who are First-Generation Scholars or recent graduates. For any questions please contact Andrea Wall.

Careers Fair and free recruitment events

Our flagship event, Careers Fair 2014, was organised in partnership with the University of Brighton. The fair was held at the iconic Amex Stadium, Falmer on Wednesday 5 November 2014 and attracted a record 120+ exhibitors and over 3,100 visitors.

Careers Fair 2015 will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2015, 11am - 3pm and would offer a great opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation amongst our students and recent graduates. Please see our information page for further details and to register your interest.

We also organise a range of individual events including:

  • Recruitment presentations
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Skills workshops
  • Studio/workplace tours

For further details about our events programme, please contact:

Jocelyn Owen
Graduate Employment and Events Adviser
T: (01273) 872937

Skills workshops and alumni talks

Employers often visit Sussex to run skills-based sessions for our students.  Recent events have included presentation skills, networking, commercial awareness and assessment centres. We also welcome Sussex alumni back to campus to take part in our careers information programme of events ‘Make it Happen’.

Work shadowing

The University is keen to hear from employers who can offer students work shadowing opportunities.

Work shadowing is a great way for students to explore a particular job role or industry sector, and it gives you, as an employer, the chance to make contact with a student early on in their academic study. Work shadowing usually takes place between April and June and is for just 2 days.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for offering work-shadowing to our First-Generation Scholars.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss anything, or have other ideas about how to get involved at Sussex, please contact:

Andrea Wall
Employer Engagement Manager

T: (01273) 873384

Careers and Employability Centre,
The Library, University of Sussex,
Brighton, BN1 9QL

Employers have said...

"[The event] was really slickly organised and made my job as the presenter much less stressful than it could have been."

"It was our first time attending and it was by far the best organised Careers Fair I have attended and the enthusiasm from students was outstanding."

"...Thank you for your help and effort during the two recruitment days we had at Sussex University! We ended up getting around 120 names in total, where many candidates seemed very promising!"

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