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Careers and Employability

Increasing employability

Not only will the University of Leicester’s reputation help you stand out in a competitive job market, you will also have the option to build your experience as you study, via work placements or part-time job opportunities.

The University of Leicester has earned an excellent reputation for employability:

  • 11th best university in the UK for producing CEO’s (Business leader 2021)
  • Top 25 university targeted by employers (Times Higher Education 2021)

Many University of Leicester degrees require students to complete a placement of up to a year as part of your course, meaning you’ll develop your practical and professional skills alongside your academic abilities. This depends on your course and is subject to availability and visa regulations.

University of Leicester alumni have gone on to work at the following companies:

  • NASA
  • BBC
  • Rolls Royce
  • Barclays
  • Natural History Museum

More than 94% of Leicester students are either working or continuing their studies within six months of graduating (DLHE)

Industry in Leicester

Leicester is home to a range of leading companies across a variety of industries. Some of the top employers in the city include:

  • Sytner Group
  • Next
  • Caterpillar
  • Walkers Crisps
  • Topps Tiles PLC
  • Leicester City Football Club
  • JCB
  • Leicester Tigers

As well as work placements, many students also work part-time during their degree. There are many opportunities for part-time work available in Leicester, but you should consider this carefully so that your studies are not impacted. You can keep up to date with available student jobs via the Students’ Union website.

Real student experiences

University of Leicester courses are designed with employability in mind, with careers-focused modules, placements, insight days and much more built into degrees.

Employability and jobs at Leicester

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