Career development and part-time work

  • of our graduates from postgraduate courses in employment, 90 per cent were in graduate-level jobs six months after leaving the University (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2013)
  • at Sussex we help you build towards success: our Masters employability programme offers career exploration workshops, and our professional development activities offer career management skills for PhD students
  • our online database of work-experience opportunities, internships, part-time and post-graduation jobs helps 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 skills 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 skills development activities.

For more information, visit Careers and Employability Centre

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.

Catalyst Team

The Catalyst Team is a student career development initiative unique to the University of Sussex and Sussex Innovation Centre. The team is formed of placement year and graduate students from a variety of disciplines. As a member of the team you become a paid employee of the Centre, and member companies are able to hire you for short-term business growth projects, during which the Centre's Support team provide ongoing hands-on training.

This support, education and mentoring is what makes the Catalyst scheme like no other work experience programme. Each project is fully scoped, and students are managed and upskilled to deliver on the project's goals.

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 • Factory Production Inspector, Chengshin Tire, China • Fundraising Officer, National Deaf Children’s Society • Graduate Manager, Brazilian Development Bank • Head of Strategy and External Relations, Geological Society • Health Economics, Overseas Development Institute, Government of Guyana • Hospital Social Worker, St Richards Hospital • Firmware Engineer, VCA Technology • Lecturer in Midwifery, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust • Operational Risk Analyst, Royal Bank of Canada • Parliamentary Assistant, European Union • Preservation Co-ordinator, British Library • Project Assistant, Runnymede Trust • Research Consultant, Tearfund • Science and Innovation Officer, British Consulate General, Istanbul • 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. Around 5,000 vacancies a year are advertised and around half of these are for part-time work opportunities.

For more information, visit Careers and Employability Centre


There are numerous volunteering opportunities in the Students’ Union, ranging from looking after the Union reception desk, being first point of contact in the Union’s Advice and Representation Centre to helping in the Union’s computer shop. 

In addition, community volunteering run by the Students’ Union is dedicated to helping students get involved in the local community. These include working in an art gallery in central Brighton, volunteering with the NHS and Age UK, helping run a drop-in support service for people living with HIV or AIDS, or taking part in leisure activities with someone who is visually impaired. By doing something different and rewarding, you can help others, develop new skills and gain valuable experience for your CV. 

For more information, visit University of Sussex Students' Union Volunteering

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