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Professional experiences

Giving you the best service and support as a student of Staffordshire University, and even beyond, is super important to us. We hit the next level of service and support by offering unique connected opportunities for you to enrich your learning and develop networks that could kick-start or help your climb the ladder in your career.


Our Student and Graduate Employability team are here year-round to help you make the most out of your university experience before and after you graduate. They offer a variety of different services for all ages and levels of study to make sure your studies and work placements and any additional experience align with the opportunities available in the industries of today and tomorrow.

The ‘MyCareer’ jobs and appointment portal is the first place to go to look for jobs and experiences and book on to a careers event, chat or book an appointment.

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Career Connect

As a Staffordshire University student, you have access to the Career Connect hub where you can get information, advice and guidance from award-winning peer-to-peer coaches and career experts dedicated to your career success.

  • One-to-one career coaching, including careers support tailored to your course, developed with academic and career experts.
  • Enterprise and Self-Employment support for those interested in freelancing and launching a Start-Up.
  • Coaching on interview techniques, CV writing and job applications.
  • Tools and opportunities to develop the ability to recognise and articulate skills you have developed throughout university.
  • Careers support for life from our dedicated Graduate team to support you after you graduate
  • Placements in the UK and Internationally, Study Abroad 
  • Employer events and access to 1000+ jobs via MyCareer jobs portal
  • Mentoring, you can sign up to:
    • Peer-to-peer mentoring to help you transition into university life
    • Professional mentoring, where you can work with your mentor to achieve your specific career goals
    • Graduate Mentoring, to explore next steps and help you secure your dream graduate job

Graduate Hub - support after you graduate

As a graduate of Staffordshire University, you have access to our Career Connect service for life, details on how we can continue to support you can be found on our dedicated online Graduate hub.

Our dedicated Graduate Employability team also offers 18 months intensive provision after university to help you to achieve your career goals. You’ll have access to:

  • an allocated Career Coach
  • bespoke one-to-one support
  • bootcamps
  • career workshops
  • the latest and greatest graduate vacancies, especially sourced for you

Unitemps Jobs

Unitemps is Staffordshire University’s own recruitment station, over the years they have developed strong links with local businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and North and South Staffordshire, offering work placements, internships, and employment to students, graduates and people from the local community. 

Work placements

Every student at Staffordshire University is guaranteed the opportunity to undertake a work placement or internship alongside, or as a part of, their course. Using our huge network of connections within the private and public sector, or even negotiating your own placements with the help of our expert advisors, you will be given the opportunity to gain real-world experience while studying with us. This will build your employability profile, allow you to sample your future career path, and in some cases could even lead to a job role after your graduate. These experiences can take place locally, nationally or even internationally with the help of our SU Global Connections team. The possibilities are endless...

James Cook
BSc (Hons) Computer Science

My placement was a year with Airbus in Bavaria, Germany. I worked in the department that developed software for application in military aircraft. I really enjoyed my time there. I worked with some of the best in the business, and because it is an international company I worked with many people from across the globe. The experience was invaluable and was certainly my favourite year being a student.

Imogen Belicki
BA (Hons) Education Studies

I chose to go into Education because I’ve always enjoyed working with children and working in the different settings that entails. The placement was definitely a highlight. I got to go into different settings from nurseries right the way through to higher education. The university supported me on that journey to get onto that placement

I also enjoyed the creative element of my course. We learnt about forest schools and local parks, and we did a full activity day in the nature reserve where we did a range of activities such as building rafts with an expert.

Jack Tordoff
Business Management

I have experienced first-hand just how relevant a Business Management degree from Staffordshire University can be. The theories we learn, practice, and apply to assignments can be similarly applied to real-life business situations. As part of this course, I completed a 12 month Industrial Placement with Aldi. Throughout the Placement I had the opportunity to lead various projects - looking at real business issues – where the models and approaches taught at Staffs proved to be instrumental. A Staffs Business Management degree is your competitive advantage!


Depending on what you’re studying or looking to study, there are events you can get involved on that provide invaluable industry networking opportunities. There are many opportunities to showcase what you’ve learned or projects you’ve created in events like our in-house annual Art and Design Degree Show, GradEx exhibition, or various external exhibitions where we offer event space for our students to present their work.

Digital Skills

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Enrich your university experience with the professional certifications and build your employability profile before you graduate. Our dedicated SkillSite area is open to all students and provides short courses ranging from introductions to software,  to advanced training in coding applications. Plus, many of our courses will open doors to professionally relevant certifications from the likes of CISCO, Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft – giving you the opportunity to graduate with more than just an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. 

Connected futures

As a Staffordshire University student, you will have multiple opportunities to attend careers fairs under our connected futures programmes. These on-campus events invite employers from our region and beyond to showcase the opportunities they have to offer our graduates, and provide a unique chance for your to connect with a variety of industry players before you graduate.