Careers and employability
At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.
Our courses seek to help students develop attributes that will be sought after by future employers, such as communication, presentation and problem-solving, alongside the more traditional attributes of academic knowledge and theoretical understanding.
Employers work with us in a variety of ways. Not only do they offer placements or internships, they also collaborate with us in the development and delivery of new courses and projects. Where relevant, many courses have the endorsement of the appropriate professional body, such as the British Psychological Society or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills that employers are looking for. 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 vacations) to help support their studies.
Career Development Centre
The Career Development Centre offers help and support to all students and graduates (even after you have left). The Centre can help you:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.
You are welcome to use the Career Development Centre services whatever your year of study. It is never too early to start using the Career Development Centre, and most students say they wish they had come to see us sooner.
Destinations of Westminster graduates
It is important for the University to know about the destinations of its graduates, so every year the Career Development Centre collects this information from students six months after they graduate.
Westminster graduates work in a variety of sectors:
- The private sector, including companies such as ITN, Barclays Bank, Sainsburys and HSBC.
- The public sector, including local councils, the Home Office, National Health Service, BBC, Metropolitan Police and the Civil Service.
- Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), such as IT start-up companies, media companies, architecture firms and hospitality organisations.
Your involvement in activities outside your studies is another extremely valuable way to demonstrate your employability to potential employers. The University's Students' Union co-ordinates a wide variety of sports clubs and societies.
Furthermore London is the centre of most professions in the UK, allowing students easy access to relevant professional bodies and events.
Westminster Business Consultants
The University of Westminster was the first institution in the UK to develop a student-run junior enterprise company. WBC is a real company that provides services to real business clients; it is managed by current students with the support of the University. WBC enables students from any discipline to gain valuable experience.