Employability news

Alumni volunteering supports careers and the curriculum

Alumni volunteering remains a hugely important contribution to the Law School, impacting on all areas of Law School life. Read on to find out more.

Demand for Q-Step work placements on the increase

Find out what our students think of their data analysis placements as part of their Q-Step degree programmes.

SSIS Careers Week 2017

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is holding a Careers Week for all students from Monday 13th - Friday 17th February 2017.

International law student secures internship in Taiwanese law firm

Canadian law student, Michael Chan secured a two-month internship in leading Taiwanese law firm Lee and Li. Read more about Michael's account of his experience.

Politics alumni give advice to students at the Penryn campus

Alumni Dominic Wood and Georgia Clancy returned to the Politics Department in Penryn to talk to current students about careers.

Three Questions on Careers: Philosophy

To answer a frequently asked question; "What can I do with my Philosophy degree?", the Employability team asked Philosophy alumnus, James Bennett, to tell us about his experience of making decisions about career options.

Alternative Careers for Law students discussion

There's so much you can do with a law degree after graduation, if you decide that a career as a solicitor or barrister isn't for you. The College's employability team invited a panel of law alumni in "alternative" careers to discuss the topic with law students further.

Politics alumni reveal the secrets of their success

As part of the Employability team’s ongoing programme of alumni engagement in careers activities, we invited a panel of former politics and international relations students to come and talk to current students about what they did with their degrees in the years following graduation. The range of careers covered spanned working in parliament to emergency humanitarian relief.

Welcome to Careers and Employability in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Congratulations to all new freshers! Here's what you need to know about the careers support available to you.

Three questions on careers: a view from a law graduate

Ben Chester Cheong graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a first class degree in Law. Originally from Singapore, Ben’s undergraduate academic achievements at Exeter helped him secure both a place at the University of Cambridge to study for an LL.M and a training contract at Singaporean law firm Shook Lin & Bok LLP. We interviewed Ben to find out more about how his time at Exeter contributed to launching his career in law.

Spotlight on a career in lobbying

Lobbying is a career that seems a little mysterious and often referred to as a “dark art”. Bringing it in to the spotlight for Politics students at our Penryn campus were visitors from Prometheus Public Affairs.

In focus: Careers with a Politics degree

Recent Politics alumni discuss what you can do with a Politics degree

Successful internship in Taiwan

Kelvin Leong who is studying LLB Law, shares his experiences of a successful internship in Taiwan.

Penryn Politics students learn about working in the third sector

“Careers that Make Society Work” is an event held frequently by the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. The umbrella title reflects the demand from students to learn about a broad range of career options in the third and public sectors. Previous events have focussed on Child Protection and Social Work and on Police and Probation. The latest “Careers that Make Society Work” panel discussion took place at the Penryn campus, University of Exeter, bringing together Politics, English and History students to hear about a variety of third sector jobs.

Public Service communications and government communication careers explained

Students at the University of Exeter had the opportunity to hear from the Executive Director for Government Communications, Mr Alex Aiken, at a talk on the theme of Public Service Communications. The role of government communications was explained and Mr Aiken took a range of questions from students who were keen to know more about current developments in Mr Aiken's Cabinet Office role.

Women in the Law careers panel

When approached by Jane Player, a Partner in King and Spalding’s Disputes Group, about organising a Women in the Law panel event, the Employability Team in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies jumped at the opportunity to bring in an all-female panel of speakers from a variety of law backgrounds to speak and provide inspiration to our current students.

Global Careers focus: Working in the Middle East

We recently welcomed alumnus Chris Innes-Hopkins (BA Politics, 1975), back to campus to deliver a talk on ‘Working in the Middle East’. The event tied in with the Global Showcase fortnight (2-13 November), in which there were a host of international activities taking place to provide students with information on working and studying abroad.

Refresh Your Maths

This year the College of Social Sciences and International Studies has taken a fresh approach to tackling one of the most challenging parts of the graduate recruitment process: numerical reasoning tests and the general maths skills required in some application procedures.

Welcome to 2015 Freshers from your Employability team

Your future career is our business. To help you become informed, make decisions and improve your skills is all part of the service the Career Zone offer.

An insight in to Law Careers in Government

Exeter alumni deliver a fascinating insight in to working for the Foreign Office, Ministry of Justice, Crown Prosecution Service and about the Government Legal Services.

Careers with a degree from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Former students from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies give insights in to potential career and further study paths at the IAIS Careers Day 2015.

A summer in Shanghai: Law Student Jia Hao Kwek experiences both work and study in China's commercial centre.

Law Student Jia Hao Kwek experiences both work and study in China’s commercial centre. Here is his account of his time spent in Shanghai.

Former Law student begins an exciting Internship with a Special Tribunal at the Hague

Jerusha Owina, who has just completed her LLM International Human Rights Law has just begun an exciting Internship with a Special Tribunal at the Hague, tells us more about this opportunity.

Where will your degree take you?

The Employability team from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies extend a warm welcome to all new students joining us in 2014.

Ambition advantage for Abigail after active time at Exeter

A graduate from the University of Exeter is embarking on a career helping refugees, following her voluntary activity while studying. 

Pilot Research Internship programme launches

17 June 2014
The Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology Department in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies has adopted a new way of enhancing the employability of their students by offering paid research internship posts. 

Careers Day in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

28 February 2014

The IAIS Careers Day took place on 12th February. There were two panel discussions; an alumni panel discussion on "What you can do with a degree in Arab and Islamic Studies" and a discussion on "Careers in the Middle East". Students also had the opportunity to network with speakers at a drinks events.

Sociology students find out what a career providing humanitarian support is really like

February 3rd proved a very successful day for the SISS employability team, who in conjunction with the Sociology and Anthropology Society hosted a career’s talk by the Senior Service Manager, Humanitarian Action for the British Red Cross, Jamie Piriou. In this article, Ashley Kilgallon from the Sociology and Anthropology Society gives her assessment of the event.

Politics Internship Programme Bursary Success

New Bursaries available to students doing a placement on the Politics Internship Programme

NGO Networking and Discussion Panel Success at Penryn

Students at Penryn found out how to get a job with NGOs 

Law students explore new horizons on internship programme in Taiwan

Two law students from the University of Exeter’s Law School joined a prestigious paid summer internship programme at Lee and Li in July 2013.  Lee and Li Attorneys-at-Law is the largest law firm in Taiwan and offer up to thirty students a year the opportunity to immerse themselves in Taiwanese law and culture. The student’s had a wonderful and enriching experience: read on to hear how they got on.

New video helps students source and secure their own work placements

With funding received from the Annual Fund, the Employability and Outreach Manager from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies has put together a useful video for students seeking placements.

The path to a perfect career: start your journey now!

Thinking about what you are going to do after you graduate may seem like a very long way away. However, even at this early stage you can start to develop key employability skills and start to make links with employers. It's important to do this as employers offer opportunities to students in their first years so that they can spot talent early on.  

Exeter City Council Work Placement Success

Student and Exeter City Council both delighted with 'excellent' work placement in housing policy research.

Working in Westminster Workshop

The Department of Politics and International Relations recently held an event on Working in Westminster for students who were either going on to do an Internship with an MP or who were interested what it is like to work in Westminster.  

College of Social Sciences and International Studies hosts "Barrister's evening" with Lincoln's Inn

Understanding how to navigate the career pathway to become a barrister is one of the most challenging aspects of the profession for aspiring barristers. To dispell some myths and provide guidance to those wishing to pursue the career, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies joined up with with Lincoln's Inn to put on an evening of talks and networking with local barristers.

Department of Politics and International Relations appoints new Work Placements Co-ordinator

We are pleased to welcome our new work placements co-ordinator, Benedict Hill, into the Politics and International Relations department.   Benedict will be working to run and expand the work placement programme for Politics and IR students.

Enhancing Employability for Law Students on Cornwall Campus

The School of Law at Tremough has played host to a number of careers presentations, employer sessions and skills events this term.  All of these have been aimed at giving students an insight into a career in the legal sector and enhancing their opportunities of gaining employment. Supported by Nicole Priestley, the student Employability Ambassador for Law, who helps organise and publicise events, it has been a successful term. Read on to find out what activities have taken place.

Students practice networking skills with the Gilbert Stephens Young Professionals Network

On Wednesday 24th October students from the University of Exeter joined members of the Gilbert Stephens Young Professionals network for an evening of networking and talks.  Focusing on career development, the evening was designed to encourage students to make their own contacts and start learning networking techniques and etiquette.

Information for new students

The Employability and Graduate Development team will be running a two day programme of interactive graduate development and recruitment activities for all new students. This programme will be based on the key skills graduate recruiters are looking for: enterprise, teamwork, leadership and communications skills.

Employability boost for Sociology Society

The newly-reformed Sociology Society was one of the main beneficiaries of the 2011/2012 Employability Bursary scheme funded by the Annual Fund. Esther Craddock-Taylor, former president of the Sociology Society reflects on what having the extra support has meant for the society.

Law students present their survey results to Exeter City Football Club

On Friday 18th May 2012, six law students gave a presentation to Exeter City Football Club.  It was the culmination of five months' work on a data analysis project looking into the consumer behaviour of the Club's fans and of the wider public perception of the Club's community engagement work.

Students from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies receive internship bursaries

Eight students from Law, Politics and International Relations and the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies have received bursaries to support their summer internships.

ICM Research chooses Exeter to run pilot Academy programme

ICM Research has launched a new Academy which is looking for highly motivated graduates to join their Covent Garden Offices this year.  As a Graduate Trainee, successful Exeter graduates will gain experiences of working across several departments.  Details of how to apply are given below.

Placement students present their innovative project at Law Alumni Event

The award winning collaboration between Exeter City Football Club and the University of Exeter scored a goal at the recent Law Alumni Event in London this March

Exeter PGCE students train to become Duke of Edinburgh Award Leaders

Students on the Secondary PGCE course at the University of Exeter were given the opportunity to undertake the Introduction to the DofE Training course in December 2011.

My Life as an MP: A Careers Panel Discussion

Around 100 students turned up for ‘My Life as an MP,’ a panel discussion organised by the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Students learn about the growing integration of social media in political working life.

Alex Deane, Head of Public Affairs at Weber Shandwick, visited the University of Exeter on Friday 21 October to deliver a talk on Public Affairs and Public Policy.

Exeter Politics students spend an eventful summer in Westminster

Five University of Exeter Politics students were in the midst of the action at Westminster, on the Exeter Politics Internship Programme.

Student employability supported by Annual Fund Bursaries

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies has been awarded £5,000 from the Annual Fund to support and develop employability initiatives.

Law Alumni Panel: Careers Advice and Insight in to the legal profession

On 7 February 2012, six Law alumni returned to Exeter to provide candid and inspiring career advice to current Law students as part of the University’s Widen Your Options series of employability events. The event was organised by Steve Edge, Corporate Tax Partner at Slaughter and May and Law representative on the Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Network Group, in collaboration with the Law School and the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.