Throughout your time at Lancaster, we help you prepare for your life beyond University. Our careers service, the Students’ Union (LUSU) and academic faculties all work together to give you the broadest, most responsive employability support possible.
Securing a graduate job or postgraduate study demands a wide range of skills and knowledge. Our Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre offers one-to-one careers guidance from our dedicated, experienced and professionally-qualified team of Careers Consultants.
We are here to help you:
- identify and develop your skills for employment or further study,
- gain experience through our award-winning work experience and placements programme,
- meet hundreds of employers and organisations through our varied programme of on-campus events.
You can talk to employers at our Careers Opportunity Fair which attracts 100+ exhibitors or at our career insight workshops for specific sectors. You may prefer to learn from an employer or alumni mentor that we pair you with. We also give you opportunities to gain confidence through our career planning workshops and you can benefit from our courses in employability, enterprise skills and career management as part of your degree scheme. We can help you find part-timework and volunteering opportunities in the UK and overseas and we also advertise thousands of internships and graduate vacancies.
The Lancaster Award
The Lancaster Award recognises your extra-curricular achievements and demonstrates your skills to employers. You take the award alongside your degree by completing activities in employability and career development; campus, community and social development; work experience and additional skills. Find out more about the Lancaster Award.
Mahara is an online area where you reflect on your learning and development. It’s a great tool to help you prepare for job applications and interviews. Adding posts and giving and receiving feedback helps you build up a dynamic record of your experience, skills and qualities and makes CV-writing simple. Find out more about Mahara
As well as earning money, a part-time job can help you gain valuable transferable skills. JobShop is a free online service delivered by LUSU (Lancaster University Students’ Union), providing information about local, part-time job opportunities and employment. We advertise a wide range of jobs including bar, retail, restaurant, care, IT, languages and office work. See what’s on offer at the JobShop.
Volunteering is a great way to secure vital work experience and develop skills to enhance your employability. Through our nationally-respected volunteering unit, LUSU Involve, you can access many opportunities ranging from environmental field projects and local school placements to campaigning, fundraising or managing our own volunteer project. We’re led by students’ ideas and energy which makes our projects unique. To get involved, visit LUSU Involve.
We also help students set up their own businesses, providing support on everything from creating a company name to setting up accounting systems and developing a brand.
If you want to set up your own business alongside your degree, or have an idea you want to try out, LUSU Involve Enterprise is the place for you. We offer guidance, contacts, free workshops on business fundamentals and the opportunity to get start-up funds. Recent student start-ups that we’ve assisted include SDMV – named by PepsiCo as one of Europe’s most promising technology start-ups.