Careers and employability
Competition for jobs is at an all-time high, and it’s not always enough to graduate with a good degree. Employers require you to have a range of transferable skills and first-hand experience of the workplace.
At Westminster, we believe the skills you develop at university should enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as we do on the academic discipline.
From the beginning of your academic journey and throughout your studies, we offer a range of tools and dedicated career support, to help your personal and professional development and improve your employability. For more information visit our employability page.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally-engaged graduates and over 84 per cent of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation.
1,000,000 businesses operate within 20 miles of the University of Westminster. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
“The calibre of the placement students from the University of Westminster continues to exceed our expectations. The staff’s dedication and contribution directly correlates with what the organisation and the student achieves throughout their assignment, laying a firm foundation for the student’s career.”
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers, to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award– the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
The Career Development Centre runs a series of programmes and careers events to provide you with access to employers, work experience and networking opportunities throughout the year.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centers. In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice during your time at Westminster.
For more help and support check out the Career Development Centre Blog.
In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work and most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during the holidays) to help support their studies.
At Westminster, we will help you to obtain a placement, a part-time job or a summer job while you study, not only will this provide you with financial support during your degree, it will also help you to demonstrate the skills employers are looking for.
“I strongly believe that the Career Development Centre has contributed to my professional success, giving me the chance to occupy various positions within the University of Westminster before entering the business world. The online vacancy service facilitated the communication between my current employer and me, making the application process easier and faster,”
Westminster Third Year Student, 2015