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Get ready for the global workplace

Whatever your industry, you’ll find BU graduates all over the world. Find out how we’ll help you get ahead and stay ahead, both while you’re studying with us and once you graduate.


Studying towards the right qualifications is a huge part of achieving your aspirations – but there’s so much more you can do to make the best possible start in your career. That’s why we’ve developed a learning community that’s full of extracurricular opportunities and support to make you career-ready – wherever you want that career to take you.

In addition to courses developed in collaboration with industry, you can take advantage of career support services, networking events and our award-winning Global Talent Programme.

It’s all about expanding your horizons – from the day you start, to your graduation, and beyond.

The percentage of BU graduates who are in work or further study six months after graduating from BU (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, based on 2017/18 data)
Top 15
We’re ranked by Times Higher Education (2019) as one of the top 15 UK universities for employability

Work placement opportunities

All our undergraduate degrees and many of our postgraduate degrees offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your studies. They’re a key part of what we do and in testament to this, we’re ranked by Times Higher Education (2019) as one of the top 15 UK universities for employability, thanks in part to our commitment to provide work placement opportunities for our students.

Securing a placement brings with it many benefits – real-world experience, excellent networking opportunities and insight into your chosen industry – all of which will help you stand out. But it will be competitive. You’ll need to demonstrate confidence, creativity, determination and resilience to secure a great placement. Ultimately, it will be your responsibility to find and organise your placement, but we’ll be on hand to support you throughout this process.

And for many of our students, the hard work pays off as they return to their placement company or organisation in their first job role after graduating, having demonstrated their ability while on placement. 

Placements explained in more detail Read students' placement stories

Read Emily's blog

Emily Thorne

BA (Hons) Communication and Media student, on starting her own company when her placement was cut short due to lockdown:

Being put in a workplace and seeing how a company works has made me realise what I want in the future and how I am going to get it.

The Global Talent Programme

Through initiatives like our Global Talent Programme (GTP), we make sure that you have the chance to develop into the kind of internationally-aware professional that the world needs.

The GTP is a free, virtual, extracurricular award tailored to your needs, featuring employer-led workshops, self-directed e-learning, team assignments, business challenges, and over 100 extracurricular activities. It’s available to all our undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and can be accessed at any point during your time at BU.

The number of BU students who signed up to the GTP in 2018/19
The number of GTP activities completed by BU students in 2018/19
Read more global talent stories


BU graduate, on the GTP:

It is inspiring and really useful for finding jobs and handling interviews. I would recommend the GTP to anybody who wants to grow personally and professionally and stand out from others on their course.

There are four stages of the GTP and as you complete each stage, you’ll be awarded digital badges – great additions to your CV. Plus, once you’ve finished the programme, your achievements will be recognised at our annual Global Talent Programme Awards.

By taking part in the GTP, you’ll be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you have the range of skills expected of today’s students and graduates.

Find out more about our Global Talent Programme

Careers support

From your first day at BU to up to three years after you graduate, you’ll have access to a wide range of careers support to assist and guide you on your journey.

From our experienced and friendly Careers team and faculty placement staff, to our careers portal, MyCareerHub, and the Global Talent Programme, we can help equip you with the skills and experience you’ll need to make your mark.

Each year, we run 'Your Career Week', a week-long event offering networking and skill development opportunities, workshops and a two-day Careers Fair, attracting a wealth of companies and organisations. In addition, we also host recruitment fairs, part-time job fairs, weekly careers workshops and employer events, designed to help introduce you to employers and make that all-important first impression.

View highlights from YourCareerWeek 2019. As we all know, things are a little different at the minute, so our jam-packed calendar of career events went virtual this year – allowing students to engage with employers online

Find out more about BU Careers advice and resources

Working with industry

We have excellent relationships with many local, national and international companies and, as a result, we can tailor our courses to meet industry needs. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies too, meaning your degree is recognised by potential employers as being professionally relevant and up to date.

When it comes to valuable industry insights, a large number of our staff have worked, or are still working, in the industry that they lecture in, bringing the knowledge and understanding of best practice and latest developments into your lectures and seminars. 

What’s more, lots of our courses offer the opportunity to train with industry-standard equipment and in industry-standard facilities so that you’re familiar with how things work in professional settings – meaning you can hit the ground running when you graduate.

More ways to get ahead and stay ahead

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