We've been rated by Which? as one of the top universities to get students 'job ready' and prepared for the world of work.
Developing employability skills while studying puts you in the best position for graduate success. More and more employers value the experience of extracurricular activities and achievements over a particular degree or final classification. So how you use your spare time while studying can really impact where your degree could take you. Achievements such as part-time roles, volunteering, involvement in clubs and societies are highly regarded by employers and will help build transferable skills and competencies.
Employability is about making yourself attractive to employers as a student, as a graduate, and throughout your career. Apart from your skills, employability includes knowledge (degree, sector knowledge), personal attributes (drive, determination, enthusiasm), as well as your ability to convey these effectively in the world of work.
Top skills employers are looking for
- Passion and enthusiasm
- Willingness to learn
- Oral Communication
- Problem solving
- Written Communication
- Commercial and financial awareness
- Customer and client focus
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
Build your skills during your time at Brunel
- If you’re a Level 1 student look into our Brunel Summer Internship Programme (BSIP) or our READY programme
- Placements help you gain the all-important hands-on industry experience that's directly relevant to your degree. Contact your Placement Adviser to find out more and to check whether your course offers a placement.
- Use the Academic Skills Service (ASK) - part of Brunel Educational Excellence Centre (BEEC) - for writing, studying and numeracy support, and Modern Languages for free courses
- Volunteer with Brunel Volunteers, on campus or elsewhere. It's a great way to develop office skills and experience of working with specific communities.
- Join student societies
- All kinds of jobs and experiences count - work experience, sport, travel and workthey give you transferable skills and experience you can draw upon in applications and interviews
Record your skills development
- HEAR The Higher Education Achievement Report is the official University hub for recording academic and non-academic achievements.
- Brunel+ is designed to give you recognition for non-academic activities during your time at Brunel by recording what you do to earn points to work towards gaining a Bronze+, Silver+ or Gold+ Award.
See our 'Finding a job' section for more information about securing relevant work experience.
Sometimes it’s not obvious what kind of career your degree will lead to. But as a graduate you'll have the potential to thrive in a wide range of industries.
The majority of employers (60%+) are looking for bright, engaged candidates with work experience who they can train, and are not so concerned about the subject you study as long as you demonstrate you have the capability to do the job. While there are certain careers such as Medicine that do require a specific degree, there are plenty of different directions you could pursue, regardless of your subject area.
See what career path possibilities are out there:
Once you know the kind of roles that interest you, you can start researching companies where you would like to work. If you feel that nothing appeals to you at all, stay positive and consider your strengths.
Booking a careers appointment will give you the opportunity to explore which careers might be a good fit for you.
Don't lose hope
Many graduates find themselves in a career unrelated to their degree. If you find that your degree cannot lead you to the career you want, you might have the option to complete a conversion, professional, or master's course to set you on your preferred path. Always seek the advice of your Careers Consultant before making these important decisions.
What Brunel Graduates do
As part of the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), each year universities contacted their graduates six months after completing their studies. The survey asked graduates whether they were employed, studying, both or neither, e.g. travelling or looking after family. Employed graduates were asked to give a brief description of their role, the kind of company they work for, and their annual salary.
The information was compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) who report national outcomes and provide the data for university league tables that are published in the national press.
- What do graduates do (WDGD) Presents findings from the DLHE survey giving graduate destinations/outcomes by subject. You can download earlier editions if you would like to compare statistics.
- Unistats Information by course - an Overview and more detailed information on the Employment and Accreditation tab - on outcomes for Brunel University London graduates. You can also compare outcomes for Brunel courses with those of other UK universities.
- What do researchers do? The Vitae website includes discipline-specific infographics highlighting career destinations, research roles and occupations, and publications on the ‘Early career progression of doctoral graduates’ that show trends in employment for doctoral graduates three years from graduation.
If you would like to find out more about possible opportunities once you have finished your course you can make an appointment to talk to a Careers Consultant.
The DLHE survey has now been replaced by the Graduate Outcomes survey, with the first data outcomes published due to be published in 2020. Please see our Graduate Outcomes tab for further information.