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We’ll help you fulfil your potential by giving you the tools to carve out the career path that’s right for you, or to open up new pathways within your existing line of work.

Our graduates are some of the most sought-after by leading employers. We are in the top 20 in the world for our reputation with employers (QS World University Rankings 2018), and we were marked out as the number 1 most targeted university nationally by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2017, High Fliers Research Ltd).

Stand out from the crowd

The value of a Warwick education is reflected in the high quality of job roles that our postgraduates take up after they leave Warwick. The average salary of postgraduates who completed their course at Warwick in 2014 was £40,100. Among graduates from all postgraduate courses, 94% who were available for work were working or in further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey of 2013/14 graduates).

Employer networking opportunities

We work proactively with a wide range of employers, from start-up organisations to multinationals across all job sectors. Each year we advertise over 7,000 vacancies from employers looking to connect with our students and we welcome nearly 300 employers onto campus to participate in careers events, workshops and other events.

Throughout the year, we host a number of major careers fairs, which are a great opportunity for you to network with industrial and commercial employers. Some of these fairs focus on specific sectors, including engineering, science and technology; business, finance and consultancy; and law. There are also two general fairs.

If you’re a PhD student, you can also benefit from our annual PhD employer networking event at the start of the summer term. Here, you can talk to employers about the opportunities available to you outside academia and discuss how you can use the skills you’ve acquired during your study.

Support to achieve your career goals

Your career path is unique to you, so our Student Careers & Skills team offer personalised support to help you develop your skills, plan or develop your career path and get experience. You can access a variety of support services from Student Careers & Skills at any point during your time at Warwick and after graduation.

Support includes:

  • Guidance from departmental careers consultants who have an in-depth understanding of their particular subject
  • Help with job applications and interviews
  • Face-to-face and online courses to help develop your skills, including leadership, enterprise and communication
  • Access to 1,000s of employer vacancies targeted at Warwick students and graduates
  • Over 8,000 opportunities available to gain paid/voluntary work experience
  • Academic and professional development

If you’re looking to pursue a career in academia or just to hone your research skills, we can support you to develop your academic practice through our extensive range of workshops, events and one-to-one support. Our Masters Skills Programme (MSP) and Research Student Skills Programme (RSSP) allow you to learn at your own pace and choose the options that suit you best.

Work experience

There are many flexible employment opportunities on campus and with local employers, which can provide extra income as well as useful experience and skills development.

Our temping agency Unitemps offers you the flexibility to apply for single shifts, particular days of the week, or even fulltime over several months.

As a research student, you may be able to access teaching opportunities through your academic department. Responsibilities vary, but could include seminar teaching, laboratory demonstrations, or exam and essay marking. We pay against the national pay framework for postgraduate researchers, which is competitive across higher education.

We also offer a number of work experience bursaries, which include help preparing for your placement and reflecting on your experience as well as financial support. We recommend that you check with your department before starting any part-time work to ensure it doesn’t impact on your academic work. If you’re an international student, you’ll also need to check your visa provisions and restrictions. You can find more advice about visas at www.warwick.ac.uk/immigration

Volunteering

Every year, over 1,000 of our students get involved with voluntary work. Our many student volunteers help to maintain our strong relationship with the local community and also contribute to wider humanitarian and environmental causes. If you’re keen to help others, you can access a variety of volunteering and campaigning opportunities through Warwick Volunteers, SU societies and special projects like Warwick in Africa.

Volunteering isn’t just a one-way experience. You’ll not only make a real difference to others, but also enhance your skills and boost your employability. You’ll gain experience of working with different groups of people and will build valuable transferable skills, including project management, communication and leadership.

£39,500 - average mean salary for all postgraduates. 93.7% in work and/or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014-15).
29th in the world for our reputation with employers.
No 1 most targeted university nationally by the top 100 UK graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2017, High Fliers Research Ltd.)