Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Plot your career path

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If you study with us, you will be able to access a wide range of practical careers advice, support and feedback. 

Bespoke careers advice and support

Careers specialist Annabelle Cross provides bespoke careers support to School of Education students. Annabel will help you plan what to do after university; search for job vacancies, work experience and opportunities; and help you improve your applications.

In particular, she can help you ...

  • make realistic decisions about your next steps
  • explore information about occupations, employers, postgraduate training and industry sectors
  • understand and assess the available opportunities
  • assess your own potential
  • choose wisely from all the options open to you
  • make and implement an agreed plan of action
  • help with your job search strategy.

Skills workshops and careers modules

Our University Careers Centre also offers the following services to students.

  • Workshops on interview skills, assessment centre preparation, commercial awareness, private sector careers
  • Help with work experience, placements, applications, and CVs
  • An online database of vacancies and events
  • Advice on professional postgraduate qualifications
  • Alumni advice and tips
  • Advice on career planning
  • Modules on career planning, career development and business awareness
  • Psychometric testing

Employability workshops

Our Careers Centre also runs sessions to give you the opportunity to analyse your own skills and attributes, and consider how employers may see you.

You can then relate your findings to your career decisions and consider the best ways of presenting yourself to prospective employers and leaders of new courses.

Our careers centre can support you with organising work experience to enhance your employability and explore career possibilities.

You may consider ...

  • a structured summer internship
  • vacation or part-time work
  • a work placement year
  • a work placement in Europe
  • a placement with the Leeds Internship Programme
  • Insight days
  • a self-created experience
  • any ad-hoc experience.

Work Placement Year

You can organise your own work placement year to sit between the second and final year of your degree.

The placement or placements (maximum of three) should amount to nine months in duration. You will receive support from a dedicated placement tutor, and you would keep a portfolio and give a formal presentation on your return to the university for your final year.  

You would be responsible for organising your own work experience, but our careers centre will give you guidance and support.

If you may wish to pursue a PGCE after graduation, a work placement year could give you the experience you need to strengthen your PGCE application and show you have areas of expertise that will promote national curriculum goals and objectives within an educational environment.   

Leeds Internship Programme

The Careers Centre offer a number of exclusive, paid opportunities each year to our undergraduates and new graduates. 

  • Summer internships for 1st, 2nd or penultimate year undergraduates in businesses, charities and university departments.
  • Twelve-month undergraduate placements working for the University of Leeds.
  • Winter internships in SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) for our summer graduates.

Applicants to the Leeds Internship Programme receive support through the application process and beyond.

Insight days

Insight days provide a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into a particular company or sector. 

Offered by large graduate recruiters, they give you the chance to spend a day in an office, discovering what the company does in order to get a better understanding of its business.

You can also benefit from plenty of practical advice about what makes a good appplication, and pick up tips about applications and interview techniques.  

For more information about work experience possibilities, please see the Careers Centre: work experience.

Work placement in Europe

This opportunity allows you to arrange a work placement in one of thirty-two European countries and have the placement recognised as part of your degree course under the Erasmus scheme.

For more information, please see Work Abroad in Widen your World.

As a University of Leeds student, you have access to online resources that will help you navigate potential career possibilities and identify your own skills and abilities.

Leeds for Life

Leeds for Life will help you to make the most of your time at the University of Leeds.

The scheme is a model of personal tutoring that provides you with structured one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor through-out your degree.

Leeds for Life has a web presence that allows you to prepare for your personal tutorial, access development and co-curricular opportunities available through your school and the university.

You also keep a living CV where you can access the information from your personal tutor sessions, your exam marks, and keep a copy of your personal statement.  

The Leeds for Life Foundation can also help you to make the most of your time at University. If you have an idea for a project that fits the spirit of Leeds for Life and will develop your skills, the Leeds for Life Foundation could help with a cash grant to make it happen.

If you study with us, you will have access to a variety of resources to help you improve your academic skills and organisational abilities.


Skills@library offers workshops, online tutorials, one-to-one drop-in sessions, and a range of online resources to help you develop your academic and organisational skills.

Areas covered through skills@library include improving maths, reading and writing skills, developing critical thinking, acquiring efficient note-taking and time management skills, and learning professional presentation skills, along with improving your exam technique. There are even audio-visual resources to help you improve your vocal presentation!

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