Employability at the University of Derby

Our culture of real world learning means we work with employers to make sure your time here will give you the best possible start to your career. This includes degrees recognised by industry, work placements and study abroad, and opportunities to turn theory into practice.

Prepare for your future career

We're serious about getting you started in your career, whether you've already decided what you want to do or need to find inspiration. 

With guaranteed work experience for every full-time undergraduate student*, plus opportunities for internships, volunteering and placements, our hands-on approach to study will ensure you're ready for the world of work.

96% of graduates were in work or further study within six months of finishing their course (HESA 2018).

*Minimum 30 hours of work experience at level 5.

Support available to you

Our Careers and Employment Service can offer advice and support with:

At Derby we also have opportunities for students to work within the University, giving you the chance to earn some extra cash and boost your CV. 

Exclusively for Derby students, our annual Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement (GRIP) Fair, is your chance to meet more than 60 local employers looking for graduates. Previous exhibitors include Boots, JCB, Rolls Royce, Thames Water and Next. Placements are guaranteed on some courses and actively encouraged on others – so you’ll graduate with relevant work experience and contacts to give you the edge in your career.

“While studying IT at University of Derby, I learnt a lot more than just IT. This led to my role at Pepsico.” Mariam Chaudhary, student on placement at Pepsico

“GRIP is a great event for students. When I was a student here I came to all these events and it’s what led to me getting the job here at JCB, so it’s a no brainer really!” Adam Collier, Mechanical Engineering graduate

“My placement year showed me the importance of getting early experience to help me find future jobs” Rikki Arya, placement student