At Brunel University, we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
Employability at Brunel
At Brunel University, we are aware of the increasingly competitive graduate job market and use this knowledge as our main research source. We seek to develop graduates that meet and exceed the expectations, needs and wants of recruiters, giving our students the best possible chance of securing jobs in their desired industries. In 2011 86.1% of graduates were in paid employment or further study 6 months after their time at Brunel had ended, and we believe that this is down to our emphasis on employability throughout their time with us. At Brunel we believe that your career doesn’t begin when you graduate. It begins on your first day here with:
The Placement and Careers Centre
The PCC provides a high quality service that acts to benefit students, alumni and employers by supporting the university in developing confident, talented and versatile graduates. The award winning centre assists in career planning and provides resources and workshops to assist students in honing the skills that will make them employable post graduation. The PCC’s links with employers also enables them to create invaluable networking opportunities at careers fairs and workshops, where industry experts are on hand to give knowledgeable and career specific advice.
The Job Shop (a section of the PCC) assists students in finding part-time and vacation work to fit around their degree, so that they can gain paid experience.
We pioneer sandwich placement schemes, proven to produce better quality and more successful graduates, which are offered by almost all academic schools.
Career specific modules
Some schools integrate career advice into their degree programmes in the form of work experience modules, career planning days and networking opportunities.
Volunteering on campus
There are countless opportunities to get involved in volunteering on campus. Students can work at the student union, become a mentor, enrol in an ambassador scheme, get involved in the student newspaper or radio station and much more.
Along with hard work, practical skills and commitment, we promote creativity and a business spirit. The entrepreneurship society – Brunel Entrepreneurs – is run by students and attracts external speakers from all across the business spectrum for debates and workshops. There is a wide range of other societies that students can get involved in, whether that’s by helping to run them, participating in events and socials or starting their own.
What is Employability?
We understand that when you’re paying a lot of money to come to university, you’re likely to be to thinking about the kind of job you might get when you graduate and how much you might earn – your ‘employability’. You think about your university degree as an investment and you want to know whether or not it will provide you with value for money.
This is what we’ve been thinking about too, and so at Brunel University we offer the courses, support and environment in which you can learn, develop and succeed in your degree – and in whatever you choose to do when you graduate.
Helping you to prepare for work is something for which Brunel University is known. We pioneered work experience in our degree programmes; we continue this through our placements; and our strong relationships with business, the public sector, and charities create many openings for our students.
Our focus on employability for 50 years is one reason why Brunel University graduates are successful in the job market and more likely to earn higher starting salaries than graduates of many other Universities.
The Brunel view of Employability
Brunel University has a distinguished history as a pioneer in providing work experience within our degree programmes, either through placements in industry or through strong relationships with business. Our mission also explicitly recognises our role in providing society with talented and versatile graduates. The fact that Brunel has focussed on what is now known as employability for over 50 years perhaps helps to explain why Brunel graduates tend to be successful in the job market and are more likely to earn higher starting salaries than graduates of many other Universities. However at Brunel we passionately believe that employability is about so much more than this. For instance, it is about realising your potential, whether that is in industry, the arts or providing an essential service to society at large. “One size” definitely does not “fit all”.
Today’s employers are naturally looking for potential leaders who can analyse, plan, organise and demonstrate an awareness of commerce and the customer. But equally they are looking for enthusiasm, drive, flexibility and for well rounded individuals who can demonstrate values such as responsibility, respect and integrity. Many of these skills are built in to our degree programmes. Some can be developed by our award-winning Placement and careers centre, and still more can be acquired through participating in the exciting and rewarding range of volunteering and mentoring activities available both on and off campus.
At Brunel we see employability differently. We see it as a partnership between our students and ourselves, a partnership where the amount of effort each puts in provides benefits for all. As we have said, employability is about so much more than work experience. It is about the whole experience.
Student profile: Dawn James
Placement Role: PA to the Director/Marketing Assistant
"I love this job because it has been a great way for me to gain INVALUABLE [...]
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Quotes from employers who work with Brunel students
We’re delighted to be association with Brunel and work closely with the Placement and Careers Centre team. The graduates on our programme have demonstrated excellence in their commitment to addressing the social division – caused by educational disadvantage – by being outstanding ambassadors and role models for children, young people and communities in need. We’ve also been impressed by their commitment to continual learning and challenging themselves as young leaders.Eric Mtungwaz, Recruitment Manager, City Year London
We have been recruiting from Brunel for the last three years. We have over 10 Brunel students currently on placement at Interoute. Why? Two reasons. The students have made a significant contribution to the company and the service that the Placement & Careers Centre offers is excellent.Gareth Williams, CEO, Interoute