Improving our students' employability and career prospects is a key priority.
Here at the University of Bolton, we want to help you take control of your personal and professional development so you can meet your career aspirations and realise your full potential. We are committed to helping you develop the right employability skills to help you compete in the graduate labour market.
Employability and the Curriculum
Employability is embedded across all levels of study ensuring that you acquire the key graduate skills that employers seek and that you are better prepared for the workplace:
- Our Health Professional students practice their skills in our brand new clinical simulation suite.
- Our Games Design students have the opportunity to test the latest in prototype games technology for some of the world's leading developers such as Codemasters.
- Students from the Sports Rehabilitation degree can learn and gain hands on experience in our Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic.
- Our Law students can develop and improve their legal and advocacy skills in our purpose built law court.
We have compiled a list of top ten skills and attributes that we expect all of our graduates to have achieved before they leave the university, from both your studies and also from the range of extra-curricular activities that are available to you. For more information on this, click on Employability Skills Defined.
Industry Links and Professional Recognition
We have impressive links with employers, professional bodies and practice specialists so that the 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.
Working with industry ensures we are able to bring in guest speakers, hold regular careers and volunteering events, develop networking opportunities, provide live briefs and projects, develop business competitions and provide a range of valuable work placements and internship opportunities.
Many of our courses are approved by Professional Bodies, some of which include the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT).
Find out more
Here are some of the other ways in which the University of Bolton is working to ensure you are more employable:
- The Careers Service is there to support you throughout your time at Bolton and beyond. We offer comprehensive and impartial careers advice, helping you to plan ahead for employment or further study opportunities. Other services include regular career events and workshops, access to jobs and work experience opportunities and career mentoring support.
- Volunteering can provide you with opportunities to gain practical knowledge and understanding of the skills and practices much sought after by prospective employers. Volunteering can increase your confidence, challenge your perspectives and help inform your future career choices, whilst at the same time enriching your student life.
- Enterprise support and advice is available for all students. We have nominated Enterprise Champions in each Faculty who can help to support and advise you about your business ideas. We hold regular workshops, give you access to business simulation resources and can provide you with a business mentor.
- The Unite with Business Scheme is open to final year students and graduates from the North West and provides paid opportunities to work in a business on a meaningful project that relates to your academic studies, and allows you to gain experience and develop your employability skills further.