Prospective students

Careers support if you choose to study at LJMU

In this section we run through the many ways we will equip you for today's job market.

You’ll graduate with practical experience

When looking for graduate jobs, experience is invaluable. It’s something lots of graduates lack, so our degrees offer opportunities for work-related learning, which means that when you graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, you don’t just leave with a good degree, you can also leave with practical experience.

Here are some examples of the practical experience you can get while studying for your degree at Liverpool John Moores University:

  • Nursing, midwifery and paramedic students – use hospital-standard facilities and treat virtual patients. Student midwives will also be able to make use of our birthing simulator  
  • Creative writing students – are encouraged to go on placements. Previous students have enjoyed working at fashion magazines, fanzines, advertising agencies and newspapers
  • Engineering students – can join the Formula Student team and test drive a student-built racing car at Silverstone
  • Law students – can gain practical experience working in the pro bono Legal Advice Centre within the School of Law

Our graduate employment rates are improving year on year, with more and more students securing prestigious, graduate positions.

You'll improve your job prospects with our careers support

Our careers service can help improve your job prospects when you graduate. 

Architect? Journalist? Engineer? What’s your dream job?

Whatever you’ve got your sights set on – and even if you don’t have a clear idea what you want to do when you graduate – our careers service can transform your prospects by giving you the real-world skills employers value.

We'll help you:

  • Secure work experience, a work placement or an internship with an outstanding employer
  • Get support for your very own start-up
  • Write or improve your CV
  • Gain interview and psychometric test experience
  • Get onto one of our careers workshops where employers share top tips
  • Attend employer presentations, networking events and Q&A sessions

You’ll also have a dedicated faculty careers advisor who will give you tailored careers guidance.

Your facilities will be world-class 

Want to work in TV? Great. We have broadcast quality TV studios. Engineering more your thing? Fantastic. You’ll love our state-of-the-art engineering labs.

Our facilities replicate industry environments, which means that you can master the key skills you’ll need when you secure your first position.

The importance of industry experience

To make sure that you have an up-to-date and commercially relevant degree, you will be taught by academics who are involved within their industry. We also invite industry leaders to give guest lectures to our students.

You can make use of our fantastic links with employers

We have strong links with big-name employers both locally and nationally – from Tate Liverpool to Barclays – which means that we can provide you with valuable work placements, paid internships and industry master classes.

Careers support

The Careers, Employability & Enterprise Team are on hand to help whatever stage of your career journey you are at. As well as Careers Advisers, who can help with exploring your career options, you can also meet with an Employability Adviser, who can offer support with job applications, personal statements, CVs, interviews, postgraduate study applications, placement advice and much more.

You can also download a range of careers information and resources, including our annual, school-specific Career Planning Guides and career options infographics, from the Careers website.

Discover your talents, passion and purpose with Future Focus

The Future Focus e-learning resource and workshop have been designed to help develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. These resources will enable you to explore your employability skills and mindset – including proactivity, adaptability and resilience, and expand your awareness of the career possibilities open to you.

LJMU students are on a journey to a great future, and the Future Focus resources are embedded into the Level 4 curriculum to help students make a positive start on this journey. This includes completion of an interactive e-learning task focusing on self-discovery, career navigation skills and exploring the support available from the LJMU community. Following completion of this, you are invited to take part in a workshop where you can reflect on the learning from the e-learning task, start to identify areas of personal and professional development and gain an insight into how you can plan to achieve their development goals.

The Future Focus activities are embedded in one of your Level 4 modules and you will be given details of this as part of the module information. By completing these activities in Level 4, you will be encouraged take steps to engage with opportunities offered by the LJMU community to support your personal and professional development. These activities are delivered by LJMU’s Careers, Employability & Enterprise service, in collaboration with your programme team.

You can start your own business using our help

If you fancy following in the footsteps of entrepreneurs like Nick D’Aloiso, the creator of Summly, or beauty vlogger Tanya Burr, our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you.

Our Business Advisers are on hand to provide advice on setting up your business. We also offer funding for students who have great business ideas and organise high-profile business events.

You can get the experience you need by volunteering

Giving your time to a good cause won’t just improve other people’s quality of life, it will also impress your future employers. We have fantastic relationships with a wide range of charities within Liverpool.

Our JMSU also supports Volunteering Liverpool, an organisation that matches local volunteer opportunities to students’ skills and interests. Staff are also on hand to help you become the best volunteer possible. Find out more about volunteering while at LJMU.

You can make use of our fantastic links with employers

We have strong links with big-name employers – from Trinity Mirror to IBM – which means that we can provide you with valuable work placements, paid internships and industry master classes.

You can work with the Students' Union

JMSU employ around 150 students to work in a wide range of roles. This is a great opportunity to earn extra money (you'll be paid the living wage) and gain experience alongside your studies. Plus if you are considering taking a year out from your studies or seeking employment after you graduate, JMSU also offer full-time year-long placements.

The support doesn't end when you graduate

Graduates of LJMU are entitled to lifetime support from the Careers, Employability & Enterprise Team.