Careers and employability support

This is a university of bright futures. A university of opportunity, challenge and choice. So as well as courses that feature projects for real companies, work placements, practical lessons and assessments, we do even more to boost your employment skills and prospects. It might seem a long way off but trust us, you need to start thinking about your career as early as possible.

Building your experience

These days, employers want to see relevant experience on your CV as well as your qualification. To help you build that experience, our Careers and Employment Service can open doors to lots of opportunities.

Placements and internships

The Derby Internship Programme offers 100 hours of paid work experience to University of Derby students and graduates.

Many of our previous interns have been offered permanent jobs with their host companies

You’ll find that some of our courses offer year-long placements and during some of these, you can also work towards an extra qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice (subject to an extra fee.)

Part-time work

Part-time work will help stretch your student loan and also give you crucial skills to add to your CV.

Our Student Employment Agency advertises part-time opportunities both within the University and in the local area. For example, you could work as a student ambassador – who represents the University at Open Days and other events – or help out with office-based roles.


One way to gain experience and give something back to the local community is by volunteering. The Careers and Employment Service can help you find roles.

Our annual Volunteering Fair is also a good opportunity to meet local charities and find out how you can help them.

Futures Award - Get recognition for your efforts

The Futures Award gives you official recognition for positive things you’ve done outside of your course, including volunteering and work experience. It’s certainly worth having on your CV.

Professional qualifications

Some of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, such as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

This means they are approved by industry and can sometimes offer you a faster route to becoming a registered or chartered professional in your field.

Going self-employed

If your ambition is to have your own business – either while you’re studying or after you’ve graduated – we can offer you a studio or office in one of our incubation units. These units offer reasonable rent and a range of business support services.

We also run competitions every year to help you develop your business and enterprise skills. 

Other careers support

If you contact our Careers and Employment Service once you’re here, you’ll find expert knowledge and tonnes of support. For example, they can provide:

You can use the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after you graduate too – it’s our three-year promise.

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Support for current students and recent graduates

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