Find jobs and opportunities
You will find a range of information and advice on this page to support you in your search for professional work experience, internships, placements and graduate roles. This includes information on role types,considering your preference on sectors and organisation sizes, where to look for opportunities and more.
Types of jobs and opportunities available
- Graduate Programme/scheme: a structured role (usually between 1-3 years in length) more common in larger companies, combining work and training and requiring a degree
- Graduate Internship: a shorter term role (usually between 1 month and 1 year) often within small to medium size organisations, working on a specific project or within a specific department/team
- Entry level roles: usually offered in more niche areas such as charities, journalism, social enterprises, sport and within small to medium size organisations in which you progress from entry level by demonstrating your competence and future potential
- A 45 week period of professional level work experience usually taken after the 2nd year of your undergraduate degree and before your final year
- A placement forms part of your degree for which you are awarded one of these additional qualifications: Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or Diploma in International Studies (DIntS)
- For more information go to Get a placement
Part Time Work
For further information on part time work at Loughborough, please see our PDF:
- A short period of professional work experience (from a week to several months) usually undertaken whilst you are studying in vacation periods
- Summer and vacation internships are increasingly being offered as opportuntities to students to gain experience and an understanding of a sector, company and job role
- We believe that internships should be paid opportunities and most now are, but in some sectors some internships are still unpaid
- Volunteering is about offering your time to do something useful e.g. helping a group, a charity, or an individual, but without receiving payment
- Voluntary roles are available in a range of sectors in the UK, on an ongoing or one off basis, and abroad over summer and other holiday periods
- Spending between 1 day to 2 weeks observing and 'shadowing' a member of staff in a company or organisation to get an insight into their job role, duties and responsibilities
- Work shadowing provides a great opportunity to see a job from the inside-out and can help you make decisions about your future career options
- An opportunity for you to benefit from advice and guidance from industry contacts and Loughborough alumni who are keen to help students progress
- A chance to gain inside information, advice and guidance on your mentor's job role, their industry sector and tips on job hunting
- We have launched an online mentoring community called Lboro Connect where current students can connect and ask to be mentored by alumni. Find out more please go to the Lboro Connect page of our website.
Sectors and organisation sizes to consider
It is important to consider what sort of employer and sector you would prefer to work for based on your own values and motivations. See the following examples of the most common sectors and organisation sizes:
- Charity: Charitable organisations run a kind of business that fits within the nonprofit organisation (NPO) category. They can be run publicly or privately. Some charities may be centered around religious, educational or other public interest activities that are philanthropic in nature.
- Public: The public sector covers areas run by government services (local and central). The composition of the public sector varies by country, but in most countries the public sector includes services such as the police, military, infrastructure, education, healthcare and safeguarding.
- Private: The private sector is not run by goverment services, but run by companies to make profit.
- Large graduate employers: these businesses have typically over 250 employees (and can be in any sector)
- Smaller businesses: are organisations with anything under 250 employees (again these can be within any sector). For more information on small to medium sized businesses, see our PDF:
- Working for a smaller business
To get a better understanding of your work preferences based on your personality, values and motivation, you can complete the Type Dynamics Indicator Form O. This can be found within Profiling For Success in the Online Tools section.
Where to look for jobs and opportunities
Careers Online is Loughborough University's own vacancy system. On this we advertise over 7000 graduate jobs, placements, internships, part time work and voluntary roles a year. These roles are often exclusive to Loughborough students and sent to us by our graduate employer partners wanting Loughborough talent.
*PLEASE NOTE - whilst we do our utmost to evaluate each role advertised via Careers Online please assess each opportunity carefully and consider whether or not your personal circumstances will be affected by taking up said opportunity. Whilst we have made every effort to check the roles advertised, we cannot always guarantee their authenticity*
We also produce a weekly graduate jobs and placements and internships bulletins for you to access new opportunities. Please see the latest edition of the bulletins below:
Many roles are advertised on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. further information can be found below under the Networking to find opportunities section.
You can also follow the Careers Network job feed @LboroJobNetwork to receive updates on new graduate, placement, internship and part time roles advertised by employers.
Below is a selection of popular websites relevant for finding a range of jobs and opportunities including placements, graduate roles and internships.
- All About Careers
- Graduate Recruitment Bureau
- Graduate Talent Pool
- Inside Careers
- Intern Avenue
- LinkedIn jobs
- The Graduate
- Rate my placement
There are a number of employer directories and listings available to help you research potential employers to apply for. The publications mentioned below are available online and also to take away free from Careers Network.
- Rate my Placement: The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers 2015 – 2016
- Targetjobs: Career guides and directories (City & Finance, Law, Engineering, Property, IT & Technology, Management Consulting)
- The Guardian UK 300 Top Graduate Employers
- The Job Crowd: The Top Companies for Graduates to Work For in 2015/16
- Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
There are almost always a number of business parks housing small and large businesses in all cities and towns. Search for local business parks, visit the area and see if there are any companies that take your interest. You can then contact the organisations and ask for work experience.
Job centres can support you in a number of ways ranging from job search assistance to financial support and offer courses to help you gain more experience.
Agencies help companies advertise positions. They can also help match job seekers to roles based on their skills and competencies. You will likely be asked to give the agency a CV and covering letter and also meet with them to discuss your plans and options. Please visit the “Recruitment Agencies” section on prospects.ac.uk for more information.
You are able to search for jobs on local council websites. Many often have graduate roles, placements and internships available.
Newspapers have a job section (often online) in which you can look for a variety of jobs from part time through to graduate roles.
Networking to find opportunities
Networking is described as interacting with people to exchange information and develop contacts. It is used especially to develop your career. Networking can be done in person on and off campus, and digitally including the use of social media platforms for the purpose of job hunting.
For in depth information and advice on effective networking please see our PDF:
Meet employers on campus
There are over 323 employers on campus at Loughborough University each year for you to network with. This includes 3 careers fairs throughout the year, over 97 employer presentations, skills session and drop ins. To see who will be on campus and to book your place at our employer events, please go to Careers Online.
Many opportunities are now advertised on LinkedIn and 93% of the top 100 employers have stated that they use LinkedIn in their recruitment process. It is therefore important to have a strong, coherent and complete LinkedIn profile that you engage with regularly.
For further help on LinkedIn, please book onto a DYC LinkedIn Talk or workshop. You can also work on your LinkedIn profile independently using our two part LinkedIn checklist
Social media and the web
Social media and the internet are essential networking and information gathering tools for your job search. It is great for company research as well as news updates within industries.
Having your own blogging and online portfolio site can also be important, particularly in the media, art, design, graphics and IT sectors to showcase your talent and abilities to potential employers.
It is crucial, however, that your social media profiles reflect a neutral if not positive impression of you, as employers now regularly look at candidates' profiles during the recruitment process to get a better impression of an individual. We call this managing your digital footprint. For more information please see our PDF:
Sources to research labour market information
The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) represent over 800 organisations that offer a high proportion of graduate opportunities in the UK. Here you will be able to find information on vacancy and salary levels.
Working Futures provides a detailed and comprehensive set of UK labour market projections giving a picture of employment prospects by industry, occupation, qualification level, gender and employment status for the UK and for nations and English regions up to 2020.
The research reports on the Graduate Market in 2016 including an annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries of Britain's leading employers. It also includes factors employers consider when deciding to hire a graduate.
This is from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).
This is from the National Careers Service which gives you information on average salary and more.
National statistics on graduate destinations are available from the Graduate Prospects website.
Information on recent graduates in the labour market by the Office for National Statistics.
A celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK examines the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy.
Labour market information from Vitae
A study of the early career patterns of graduates in practice-based art, design, crafts and media subjects.