Careers and employability

Your future career prospects are important, and we're here to help you prepare for the world of work.

ARU is ranked top 25% in the country and number one in the East of England for full-time undergraduate employment.

Student at the main entrance to ARU's Cambridge campus

Career development and support

We believe in empowering you to build your own unique professional profile and acquire employability skills. At ARU, there's a wide range of opportunities and support to help you on your journey to success.

Our teaching prepares you for the world of work, with Ruskin Modules and live briefs incorporated into courses:

  • Ruskin Modules are designed to enhance teamwork, build transferable skills, and challenge mind-sets
  • with live briefs, you can apply what you’ve learnt in the classroom, gain hands-on experience working with clients, and add value to a business.

Many of our courses also include optional placement years and internships.

"Undertaking a degree provides students with exposure to much more than their degree's content. Employment opportunities and the chance to develop confidence, especially, are something that ARU has given me."
Ciera, Media and Communication student

Our careers and employability services

Life at ARU is what you make it.

Getting involved with activities outside of your course – such as volunteering or becoming a member of a club or society – looks great on your CV and can showcase key skills that employers are looking for in graduates.

Careers advice and preparation

Our dedicated careers and employability service offers advice and guidance for students to amplify their career possibilities and stand out from the crowd.

Whether you're looking for jobs, work experience, start-up support, or want to learn a new language, we have the resources for you.

Our Employability Service works with you throughout your time at ARU and after you graduate.

We offer:

  • careers advice, including personalised appointments with our experienced advisers
  • help with your CV, job searches, applications and interview preparation
  • an online Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates
  • campus job fairs, workshops and employer visits
  • an online portal packed with useful careers resources.

Challenge yourself to embrace as many opportunities and build as many graduate attributes as you can throughout your ARU journey.

Work experience and placements

If you’re career focussed and thinking about your future, many of our courses include the opportunity to go on placement. Others have mentorship, industry collaboration or 'live projects' as a key part of the learning experience.

Placement years are available in most subjects and give you the opportunity to develop your transferable skills, while being paid.

If you're studying law, there's the chance to gain hands-on experience working with qualified solicitors in our Law Clinic.

If you're studying nursing, midwifery, medicine or other healthcare courses, you'll spend a significant amount of time on clinical placement.

We can help you to explore, seek, and secure work experience, placements and internship opportunities.

Paid part-time work

Enhance your CV, boost your income and gain experience and skills.

ARU Temps is our campus recruitment agency and part of ARU’s Employability Service. It provides paid temporary work including Student Ambassador opportunities to fit around your studies. It’s also a unique resourcing tool for employers.

Register online with ARU Temps before you start your course, and drop into see us on campus when you arrive.

International students are welcome to register too – though note there may be some restrictions to working hours, as stated on your visa.

Visit our online jobs board at any time to see the latest vacancies.

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering is your chance to get involved and give something back to your community. Gain life experience and develop skills that you’ll be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews with potential employers.

You could take part in our Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE) programme, working with organisations to apply problem-solving techniques and make a positive social impact. Recently, some of our students worked on a project that aims to create safer streets, led by Essex Police and Essex County Council.

Our Students' Union has a thriving volunteering programme, with hundreds of opportunities to get involved in the local community and develop skills that employers look for in graduates. These can include communication, team working, and emotional intelligence.

You could also become a Students' Union Rep or Officer, working with students and staff across ARU.

If you have a particular interest you want to indulge while you're at uni, join (or create) a society. You can choose from stand-up comedy, cheerleading, vegan, K Pop, LGBTQ+, Harry Potter, and about 100 more...!

Law students can volunteer in our Law Clinics in Cambridge and Chelmsford. You'll work on real-life cases under the supervision of qualified solicitors, and receive full on-the-job training.

Support for start-ups

The Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy is a hub for start-ups, ideas generation and innovative projects. We offer:

  • mentoring, support and guidance
  • seminars to help you develop ideas from concept to execution
  • interactive sessions on developing your presenting, team-building ad financial planning skills
  • opportunities to network with successful entrepreneurs
  • access to the Student Business Start-up Support hub, which offers online support and weekly drop-in sessions. Perfect if you've got a brilliant business idea that you want to develop – whichever course you're studying.
  • the opportunity to solve real-life social issues with our Impact 24 challenge
  • the chance to win start-up funding in our annual Big Pitch competition

Learn a new language

Learning a language can help to boost your employability – and your confidence.

Our Anglia Language Programme is open to all ARU students. We offer courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, and you can study on campus in Cambridge or Chelmsford. Visit our Anglia Language Programme page to find out more.

Questions?

If you’re thinking about studying at ARU and have any questions about employability and careers, please email them to placements@aru.ac.uk.

Already a student?

You can contact the Employability and Careers team whether you’re on campus or studying from home. You can arrange to attend a virtual drop in, speak with us on the phone or send any questions about job applications and interviews to us by email employability@aru.ac.uk

You’ll still be able to access the Career Centre 24/7 online at arul.ink/career-centre and you can also find out about our events and activities tailored to your course. If you can’t attend an event in person, we’ll have lots of online workshops and live events that you can join.

Our Placements Team offers online support and virtual meetings for anyone interested in placements and internships. Just email placements@aru.ac.uk.