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Careers

At the University of East London, our students get more than just a degree. They also gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Career choice advice at UEL

Civic engagement means giving our students the opportunity for personal development by working on real-life projects that benefit communities locally and around the world. Our emphasis on civic engagement and learning by doing ensures our students leave equipped with the employability skills they need to launch into a successful career.

In addition, we make sure our courses are accredited by the relevant professional body, so our students study the most relevant material and get a head-start in the graduate employment market.

Encourage their interest

Ambition is important – a key part of finding a career path is that your child chooses something that they are passionate about. The drive to succeed and a genuine interest in what they choose to study will help them to get through all the hard work. 

Get support

It's important for students to choose a university that supports their career ambitions. Your son or daughter should choose a supportive university with careers and advice services; and ideally a university with a careers focus built into their teaching. This will help students to make the transition from study into work. 

Our dedicated Careers and Student Employability team are on hand to help our students achieve their ambitions. From job alerts to application and interview guidance, they offer all the expert guidance your son or daughter may require. You can contact them on +44 (0)20 8223 2424 or at CaSE@uel.ac.uk

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UEL's careers support

Make the grade with employers

Our dedicated Employability and Enterprise Team (EET) works closely with employers to make sure we give our students the skills and experience they’re looking for. The EET team can advise on internships, volunteering opportunities, professional mentoring programmes and how to apply for jobs. 

Many of our alumni have successful careers in the UK and across the world. Studying at UEL can be a powerful springboard to success. 

We have dedicated Skillzone tutors to help students with a range of study skills such as academic writing, mathematics and IT. The support we provide is open to all students at UEL in the form of drop-in sessions, one-to-one appointments and workshops. You can find out more about Skillzone by emailing skillzone@uel.ac.uk

In addition to a degree, each UEL student will complete our Professional Development Certificate, choosing from modules such as global citizenship, volunteering, mentoring, social media and communications, entrepreneurship, dispute resolution and coaching. These are all essential employment skills that help our students to stand out to prospective employers.

For the bigger picture, visit the employability section of our site. 

UEL’s Employability Hub

We also offer excellent part-time work for students to help them finance their studies. The Employment Hub at UEL is an exciting new partnership between Spring Personnel and our Careers and Student Employability Team. It helps find students temporary part-time work during their study – and permanent roles after graduation.


Justine Wright, Schools and Colleges team

We try to encourage parents to work with their kids. Very often parents want their children to follow professions and become doctors or lawyers. We try to help them understand that a degree in, say, Sports Science or Pharmacology can just as easily lead on to a flourishing career.''

Real-world teaching

Learning by doing

At UEL we put an emphasis on learning by doing. This means that our students get the chance to take their learning off the page and into the real world, whether in east London or further afield in regions such as the Middle East, South Asia or East Africa. 

We’ve made sure that every course builds in employability skills and work experience opportunities so that our students are prepared for the real world of work. Our internship, placement and volunteering activities are embedded within many of our courses. They’re designed to complement the curriculum, and put theory into action in the real world, working on real-life projects.

For example, our fashion students have designed uniforms for the NHS, our architecture students have worked on real design briefs and our sports therapy students have treated marathon runners in Berlin and footballers at West Ham and Millwall. 

Local links

We have strong links to local businesses. Through our network of connections among employers, we help to organise work placements and internships for our students. Many of our students end up securing permanent positions at the organisations where they undertook work experience. 

UEL has close links for placements and internships with:
  • Household names like Atkins, AstraZeneca, BBC, Endemol, Hitachi, Microsoft, River Island and Vivienne Westwood
  • Voluntary and political organisations such as the British Red Cross, Amnesty International, Medicins Sans Frontiers, Unison and Citizens UK Movement for Change
  • Government departments and international bodies, from the Home Office to the US Department for Justice, FBI and United Nations.


Broader horizons

Students interested in travelling can experience the world by studying and learning on real-life projects abroad. In a highly competitive job market, this gives our students an edge and helps them to stand out from the crowd.
Our students have spent time examining the music industry in India, getting hands-on experience with the creatives leading the recovery of Detroit, learning about the Great Depression in New York and studying business management in Seoul, South Korea. 

From a full academic year to a short-term study trip overseas, our students have the chance to add value to their degree and develop as a person by going international. The Erasmus+ scheme enables students to study or work in Europe with the help of European Union funding. Alternatively, students can apply for a UEL Going Global bursary to make a study-related trip to anywhere in the world.