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Career development

When you're considering postgraduate study, you may be wondering how much of an edge a Master's degree will give you. Employers want people with specialist knowledge and while an undergraduate degree is a great starting point, a postgraduate qualification will make you stand out when you go for those specialised roles. Many employers also realise that an employee with a postgraduate degree has a lot they can teach their colleagues, as well as new ideas for their organisation.

We believe that, as well as enhancing your academic qualifications, university should prepare you for the world of work no matter what level you're studying at. As a result, we will encourage you to take as many development opportunities as possible while studying at BU to enhance your specific skills and knowledge. This focus on employability is one of the reasons why our graduates succeed when they leave us and why 91.1% of all BU postgraduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes survey, 2018/19).

Skills Development Programme 

Newly launched, it enables you to tailor your development alongside your studies - choosing when and how to develop new skills that will enhance your confidence, employability and overall ability. From preparing for placements to impressing potential employers, the BU Skills Development Programme is here to help you at every stage of your time at BU - and beyond.

The programme offers innovative skills masterclasses in collaboration with academics and industry experts, real-life challenges and access to digital resources. It recognises extracurricular achievements alongside study through structured pathways.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a fantastic way to do something a bit different and we encourage you to get involved in a cause you care about. It’s not only a rewarding experience, but will also improve your CV and give you great stories to share at your job interview. Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to establish a network of contacts, which could be beneficial when looking for a job after your studies.

Our Students’ Union (SUBU) works with over 200 organisations that all need help. You can choose the one you like and get involved to make a difference.

Careers support

You can use the Careers & Employability Service up to three years after you graduate. Our team of experts can help you prepare your CV, give you tips on writing a covering letter and run practice interviews with you, as well as help you find suitable vacancies to apply for.

Hear from our graduates

Vidyut Patra

Vidyut's story

Vidyut is an MA Broadcast & Film Management graduate, who is now Vice President for the Content Studio at Worldwide Media 

Lilliam Negrette, BU alumna

Lilliam's story

From Colombia to BU, Lilliam is now building a new career in Canada

Daisie Hutchinson

Daisie's story

Daisie is an MSc Investigative Forensic Psychology graduate who now works for the Office for National Statistics