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1st most targeted university nationally by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers

(The Graduate Market in 2017, High Fliers Research Limited)

£40,100 average mean salary among graduates from all postgraduate courses in 2014

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey of 2013/14 graduates)

8000+ work experience opportunities (including voluntary and paid work) are currently available to our students

94% of graduates from all postgraduate courses available for work were working or in further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey of 2013/14 graduates)

Our graduates are some of the most sought-after by leading employers. The QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 have placed Warwick in the world’s top 100 universities for graduate employability. Ranked 66th out of 600 universities considered, we are among the top 13% in the world, and have risen around 20 places since last year. Our year on year scores have held or improved in every performance indicator considered by QS. We are also 27th in the world for employer reputation, our best performing indicator this year.

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.

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Alumni profiles

Siti Birkha Mohd Ali, MSc in Engineering Business Management 2002-03

After graduation, I returned to Malaysia to continue my role as an electrical engineer at Thermadyne. It is one of the leading US-based companies in the manufacture of welding equipment and related products. I stayed with the company for more than ten years and was appointed as an engineering manager in 2007.

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Sophie Pilcher, LLM, 2011-12

From Warwick, I took up an internship for the UN at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a court established to try the most senior and responsible members of the Khmer Rouge for violations of international law and serious crimes, such as the Cambodian Genocide.

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Pete Spencer, BA in Film and Literature (2006-09), MA in Film and Television Studies 2009/10

My Warwick degrees have been invaluable to a career in script development... I feel better equipped to research and develop new projects and ideas with writers. I’ve found this to be true when working with individual writers on one specific project at a time, and when working across a broad slate of films and television shows at various stages of development and production at Big Talk Pictures.

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