Careers and Entrepreneurship

First year and Foundation students

Start exploring and developing your skills

Digital Skills - Taster Session

A fully-funded, bite-sized course over half a day, where you can develop your digital skills, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and WordPress.

Exact programme content may change. 

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Sussex Alumni Support

Utilise our global network of engaged Alumni by joining Sussex Connect. Sign up, through LinkedIn or email, and within minutes you will be connected to thousands of industry professionals who are willing to help in a range of ways, including:

  • E-Mentoring relationships
  • Advice by email, phone, video-chat
  • Review your CV/Resume
  • Open doors in their companies

Global International Learning Summer School

You can apply to attend an international summer school and add a fully funded international dimension to your Sussex degree. We hope to be able to offer students the chance to attend a summer school either in person or virtually, at universities both in Europe and Asia.

Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition and registration costs.

Exact programme content may change. 

Applications have now closed

Create Your Own Experience

In this short session you will find out how students have used their creativity to build something valuable and create new opportunities for themselves: from blogs, video channels and social media accounts, to small businesses, side income ventures and passion projects. You’ll discover how to find ideas that tap into your own strengths and bring you reward, whilst demonstrating your skills to future internship and graduate employers.

Applications are now closed


Who can take part?

Because of the way this programme is funded, students from UK-domiciled underrepresented groups (see next FAQ) will be prioritised but we welcome applications from any undergraduate student.

Which students are in underrepresented groups?

For the purposes of the Career Lab programme, we define our underrepresented groups based on research-informed evidence relating to access to the graduate job market. Career Lab opportunities are funded through the University’s Access and Participation Plan budget. Applications from the following groups will be prioritised:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
  • Disabled students
  • Students who are residents in certain postcodes
  • Mature students (students who have started an undergraduate degree aged 21 or over)
  • Students who are care experienced or estranged
  • Students from military families
  • Students from refugee or forced migrant families
  • Students from Gypsy, Romany or Traveller families
  • Students who are First Generation Scholars (years 3 and 4)
  • Students in receipt of the Sussex Bursary (foundation, year 1 and year 2).
I’m not in an underrepresented group, can I still apply?

We welcome applications from any undergraduate student. When you make your application, please make sure that you state clearly how you would benefit from participating in the programme.

Can I take part in more than one opportunity in a single year?

In Foundation and Year 1 you can apply to take part in one, some or all opportunities. In Year 2 you can apply to take part in all opportunities but can only accept either the UK internship or the Virtual Global Internship or the Digital Accelerator programme. In your final year you can apply to take part in all opportunities listed as available to you, but you cannot complete the Digital Accelerator programme if you participated in Year 2.

How do I know what programme is right for me?

Career Lab has been designed to be relevant to each year group of students. If you want to discuss your options you can ask a question online or make an appointment with a Careers Consultant.

When will I be able to find out more information and start applying?

Career Lab launches in the spring term, but here is a list of dates to look out for. Please look out for communications from us, including emails, and keep an eye on these web pages which we will update as each opportunity opens for application.

Does the Online Summer School contribute to my Sussex degree classification?

The Online Summer School does not count towards your Sussex degree classification, but you will receive a transcript of marks upon completion of the modules.

Where will these opportunities take place?

All opportunities are designed to be delivered online, but any changes in the current restrictions may allow some physical events to take place.

If you have any more questions, please email

Careers support and resources

We offer a range of services and support to foundation and first year students, including access to jobs and work experience vacancy lists, our events programme, and careers advice and guidance.

Academic skills resources

Our Skills Hub website provides advice on many topics from time management to referencing and critical essay writing. Learn how to study effectively and improve your grades. We also have an Academic Skills Resources Canvas site which is packed full of resources just for you. Self-enrol and get started today!