Employability – we'll kick start your career
Newsreaders, designers, judges, engineers – these are just some of the positions held by our graduates across the globe. Whatever your dream job, we're here to help you achieve your ambitions.
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.
LJMU's Centre for Entrepreneurship is the perfect example of the right support for students and graduates who want to set up their own business.
My tutor was really inspirational. He had worked in the product design industry and helped me get the design right. LJMU's Centre for Entrepreneurship also assisted me with a business plan and provided reassurance that we were on the right lines for launching the product.
The Careers Team operate out of Faculty-based Careers Zones. As well as Careers Advisers, you can also meet with an Employability Adviser in the Zones, who can offer support with job applications, personal statements, CVs, interviews, postgraduate study applications, placement advice and much more.
You can also pick up a range of careers information and resources in the Zones, including our annual, school-specific Career Planning Guides.
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart: Explore e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
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. For example, in 2014 we hosted the National Student Enterprise Conference.
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, including our corporate charities.
Our LiverpoolSU 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
You can work with the Liverpool Students' Union
LiverpoolSU 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, LiverpoolSU also offer full-time year-long placements. Take a look at the current vacancies on the LiverpoolSU website.
The support doesn't end when you graduate
Graduates of LJMU are entitled to lifetime careers support from the Careers Team.
Our students work all over the world
Once you've graduated you might want to work outside of the UK. If that's the case, we're on hand to help.
Our Goinglobal Database will provide you with all the information you need – from helping you find a position, to giving you information on visas, industry trends and local culture.