Career development and part-time jobs

Whether you need one-to-one careers guidance or help securing an internship, we can help you prepare for your future. You’ll attend skills workshops, get to meet industry professionals and have access to our part-time jobs database.


96%
of our undergraduate degree leavers were in work and/or further study within six months of graduating*
7th
in the UK for career prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2017
93%
of our employed postgraduate students were in graduate-level work six months after graduating*

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2015


One-to-one career guidance

You can see a Careers and Employability Adviser at any time during your course and for up to three years after you graduate. Advisers help you to plan your career and develop your skills and experience.

They can also advise you on the steps you need to take to enter specific sectors or professions.

The Careers and Employability Centre gave me lots of helpful information and introduced me to different ways to look into paths for my future.”Shannon Ferrie
Biomedical Sciences BSc

Find part-time work

Our campus is close to Brighton, meaning there are lots of part-time jobs available.

Brighton is a popular tourist destination, and there is a year-round demand for jobs in hospitality. The city also has one of the UK’s largest digital sectors, and our students often find flexible part-time work in digital marketing and social media.

As a Sussex student, you have exclusive access to our online jobs database, which features hundreds of vacancies each year.

We also organise a Part-time Jobs Fair at the start of the autumn term and arrange regular drop-ins for employers recruiting students for part-time work.

You can also find part-time work by looking in newspapers and asking in shops and restaurants. 

The UK has a minimum wage – £7.20 per hour for adults aged 25 and over and £6.95 per hour for those aged 21 to 24 – from October 2016.

If you are a non-EU student, you will normally be allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during vacations.

You can email international.support@sussex.ac.uk to find out about any restrictions on working in the UK if you have a visa.

However, you should always put your studies first and avoid working more than 15 hours per week during term time.

The online jobs database is amazing. It helps to know there are so many jobs available. I got a great part-time job through it.”Sinem Ertansel
Financial Mathematics MSc

Develop your skills and employability

At Sussex, we can help you develop the skills and experience you’ll need to enter the workplace. You’ll be able to:

  • attend skills development workshops
  • get advice, tips and information from professionals, and former Sussex students, working in your sector
  • hear from Sussex alumni who are now working in an area of interest to you
  • join one of our many societies, or set up a new society yourself to develop organisational and leadership skills.

A student talking to a Careers Advisor in the Sussex Careers and Employability Centre

Apply for a placement or internship

There are a number of ways in which you can improve your employment prospects at Sussex. These include applying for a professional placement or an internship.

During your course, you'll gain the skills, experience and knowledge for a range of roles, so when you leave Sussex, you're prepared for your future career.

We can help you to find, and prepare for, placements and internships. This includes a training programme in the lead up to taking up your place.

Find out more about placements and internships 

You can also see the opportunities available by checking our undergraduate courses.

The contacts you make, the money you earn and the drive that pushes you on during your final year can help you to secure the job you desire.”Jon Alderman
Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc
Catalyst Team Member at the Sussex Innovation Centre

Are you the first in your family to go to university?

If your parents don't have a university qualification, you can apply for funded work experience opportunities through our First-Generation Scholars scheme, such as:

  • paid summer internships, including opportunities in China
  • work-shadowing
  • paid research placements.

Find out more about our First-Generation Scholars scheme


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