Careers and employability

Student in university classroom

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

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

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Our careers and employability services are designed to break down barriers and help you follow your chosen career path, whether you're looking for jobs and work experience, start-up support, or want to learn a new language.

Careers advice and preparation

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

We offer:

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

Volunteering opportunities

There are loads of ways to get involved at ARU, try new things and gain valuable experience.

Our Students' Union has a thriving volunteering programme, with hundreds of opportunities to get involved in the local community and develop your skills.

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 new city-centre Law Clinic in Cambridge. You'll work on real-life cases under the supervision of qualified solicitors, and receive full on-the-job training.

Work experience and placements

We can help you secure work experience, placements and internships.

Many of our courses include these opportunities, either as part of a placement year or as modules. Others have mentorship, industry collaboration or work on live projects as a key part of the learning process.

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.

Visit the following pages for an overview of opportunities in specific areas:

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

Part-time work

Enhance your CV and boost your income while you study.

ARU Temps can help you find part-time work that fits around your studies, including Student Ambassador work. It's a great way to gain experience and skills.

You can 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 my be some restrictions to working hours, as stated on your visa.

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

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.

We're proud to hold an Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award. Originally established to encourage women's participation and career development in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine), Athena SWAN now recognises representation, progression and success for all.



Have any questions?

If you’re thinking about studying at ARU and have any questions about employability and careers, please email them to student.services@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