The University of Bolton will help you to acquire the skills, knowledge and abilities to gain employment. We want to help you to take control of your personal and professional development to meet your career aspirations and realise your potential.


expand Employability and your course

Employability is embedded across all levels of study, ensuring you acquire key graduate skills that employers expect. All Faculties have a Champion for Careers and one for Enterprise. We have impressive links with employers, professional bodies and practice specialists so that employability skills you develop through your course are relevant. Involving employers in the design and delivery of programmes ensures the content of your course is up to date and meets the needs of the current graduate job market.

Whilst you are on your course you will learn about the world of work through a variety of different approaches:

  • Opportunities to undertake 'live' projects/assessment briefs set by employers.
  • Master classes with industrialists to help prepare you for work, progress in your current employment or consider the opportunities to become self-employed.
  • Employability and enterprise modules and activities to broaden your understanding of different areas of employment.
  • Placement and internship opportunities with employers, on a local and national basis.
  • Opportunities to gain credits for our career management modules.
  • Opportunities to spend part of your semester studying at our overseas campus in  Ras al Khaimah  (UAE).

expand  Opportunities for work experience

A significant amount of our courses arrange professional placements which have accreditation attached. Others arrange and encourage shorter placements, work shadow opportunities and employer visits.

Our Job Shop specialises in finding part time and vacation work, and in 2010/11 we have advertised over 2,000 different jobs. We have a Coordinator to source volunteering opportunities which can also enhance your CV. We hold a job and volunteering fair annually, we have paid opportunities available for students to work on campus, and we have an active  Student Union who advertise for paid and voluntary roles.

expand  Personal Development Planning (PDP)

We want to help all students make that transition from university to the world of work therefore we require all our students to produce a personal development plan, which will help you to record your achievements, skills and experience to present to future employers.

expand  Careers Support

All students can access the Careers Service for impartial information, advice and 1-1 guidance. Advisers are linked to each Faculty, to help you access placements and graduate schemes. We offer a range of skills workshops such as CV writing, completing application forms, interview techniques and self presentation. Employability information and resources are available for prospective students as well as current students and graduates to help plan future careers.

expand  Employability outside the curriculum

We provide opportunities to:

expand  After finishing your course

We encourage all graduates to join the  Alumni Association  and provide additional opportunities for further study at discounted rates.  All our graduates can access careers support three years after graduation.

Bolton prides itself on providing personal attention and support to all of our students.  We are recognised for our friendly and caring environment, which enables students from varied educational backgrounds to achieve successful outcomes and graduate employment.