Career development and part-time work

  • as a Sussex postgraduate, you benefit from a wide range of employability, professional and career development services, work experience and internship opportunities to help you get the most from  our time at Sussex and the best possible start in your chosen career
  • our bespoke Masters employability programme offers career briefings with alumni, alongside skill-building and career exploration workshops offered by career experts
  • professional development activities offer research and career management skills for PhD students
  • career consultations, events and workshops can help you build towards success
  • our online database of work experience opportunities, internships, part-time and post-graduation jobs will help you to earn and to build your skills and experience during your studies, as well as to achieve your goals after graduation
Careers and Employability Centre

The Careers and Employability Centre is an indispensable, free campus resource available to you during your studies and for three years after graduation. Our team of career professionals complement the academic experience at Sussex and help you with highly focused information, advice and guidance to identify specific career aims and develop the career strategies you will need to achieve your ambitions. Our large open-access resource centre includes a variety of type-of-work information, reference books and take-away publications.

Our skill development and career transition workshops will help you to plan your local or global job-search strategy, make effective applications and deal successfully with employer or academic selection processes. If academic research is your goal, Sussex aims to give you a head start in this competitive world, by providing a range of professional skill development activities.

Employer and careers events

We invite around 300 employers to campus each year, giving you a chance to meet employers with graduate and postgraduate vacancies and to explore your future at a range of flagship events such as our Gradfairs. Employers visiting campus include Accenture, American Express, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, Thales and Teach First. Career exploration events cover topics as diverse as careers in the media, careers in development, charities and not-for-profit organisations, careers in science, careers in Government and the Civil Service, global job search, and careers in business and professional services.

Creating your future

Your postgraduate degree at Sussex may be the first step to a career in academia or you may go on to work in the private, public or voluntary sectors. As a result of our support, Sussex students achieve a high level of academic and professional expertise during their time here, and this is evident in the positions recent postgraduates have obtained:

 Application Architect, Tata Consultancy Services • Assistant Archaeologist, Archaeology South East • Assistant Curator of Fine Art, National Museums Liverpool • Assistant Intelligence Officer, National Anti Fraud Network • Cultural Services Team Leader, Havant Borough Council • Drama Consultant, Talkback Productions • Editor/Writer, Thomson Reuters • Educational Inspector, General Social Care Council • Embryologist, NHS • Fundraising Officer, National Deaf Children’s Society • Head of Strategy and External Relations, Geological Society • Hospital Social Worker, St Richards Hospital • Firmware Engineer, VCA Technology • Lecturer in Midwifery, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust • Parliamentary Assistant, European Union • Preservation Co-ordinator, British Library • Project Assistant, Runnymede Trust • Research Consultant, Tearfund • Senior Researcher, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei – Sustainable Development • Senior Scientist, Oxford Nanopore Technologies • Substance Misuse Support Worker, Turning Point • Teacher of German, New International School, Madrid • Technology Assistant, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew • Tennis Co-ordinator, Wimbledon All England Tennis Club • Think Tank Research Assistant, One World Trust • Trainee Patent Intern, Procter & Gamble • United Nations Fellow, United Nations • Welfare Officer, Royal Navy.

Finding work

All types of vacancies are advertised on our website including graduate opportunities, work experience, vacation placements and internships. We also offer guidance and support with employment issues.

Learning to live on what is often a tight budget, while making the most of university life, is one of the challenges of postgraduate study. We advertise a broad range of part-time work opportunities to help you make ends meet while you study at Sussex and we have a special scheme to employ students on campus, where possible. Over 3,000 vacancies a year are advertised and around half of these are for part-time work opportunities. Visit the Careers and Employability Centre for further information.

Catalyst Team

The University has won Government support for an innovative £810,000 project to create and train around 50 Sussex students over the next three years to work as consultants for small businesses in the Brighton area.

The Catalyst Team will be based in the University’s technology business incubator, the Sussex Innovation Centre (SInC). The project is an outstanding opportunity for Sussex students to gain and apply the skills needed to run their own business. In addition, it could generate up to £4 million for the local economy and help to create new jobs.

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