Employability at UONL

UONL in partnership with The University of Northampton (UON) has built on a global reputation as a leader in social innovation to create a unique employability offer that we believe will ensure that our Graduates will stand out from the crowd and become highly employable, digitally literate, global citizens of the future.

Employability is embedded as part of all UONL curriculum, ensuring our students are career-ready once they graduate and obtain graduate employment.

At UONL we are committed to developing graduates who are not only qualified to get their first graduate job but who have also developed the skills and attributes they need to progress their chosen career. With a strong set of employability skills and Changemaker attributes, a UONL graduate has a secure base for their future. At UONL both Employability and Changemaker are embedded into the curriculum and this is further supported by the extensive range of extra and co-curricular initiatives to enhance students’ employability and social entrepreneurship skills.

Experiential learning is important to our students as a valuable part of their development. Whilst we work with students to equip them with the skills and mindset for employment, time working in a business or community environment provides the practical element of our student's skills and personal development. 

Employability through Changemaker is an award-winning service:

  • It can help UONL students join the dots when seeking employment.
  • Provides a platform to capture student development.
  • Provides opportunities for paid work and volunteering.
  • Award programmes to celebrate successes and support to help students understand how Changemaker activities connect with future graduate employability.

Employability at UONL

The Employability Service at UONL supports our students to achieve career success through progression into a rewarding graduate role, postgraduate study or setting up their own enterprise.

Employability support is tailored to our programmes and embedded within the curriculum through:

  • Classroom visits from Employers and Careers Officers with specialist programme knowledge delivering sessions co-designed and co-delivered with academics. These sessions include sector insights, routes into graduate careers and strategies for success with the application process for programme-related roles
  • Module content that promotes successful progression into related graduate careers, including embedded resources from the CareerHub platform and specifically tailored multimedia resources
  • Assignment briefs and learning, teaching and assessment designed to develop the skills graduate employers require
  • Academics with recent and current industry experience, some of whom may offer mentorship to small groups of students
  • Internships, work experience or part-time work will provide opportunities to apply their learning and evidence their skills
  • Our students are introduced to a diverse range of relevant graduate employers and postgraduate programmes which enables them to explore a range of positive destination options that make the most of their degree.

Employability and Changemaker Scheme

UONL is proud to offer the Employability and Changemaker Scheme to all its students.

Throughout the year, our Employability team organises the “Employability Passport” programme to help enhance employability skills such as CV workshops, interview preparation, Introduction to LinkedIn and your personal brand to name a few.

The Employability Passport schemes are differentiated and help students to learn key career management skills within the curriculum and during extracurricular sessions, so our students are equipped to take control of their career options. Business and entrepreneurship sessions will be included that are equally relevant to self-employment or becoming an enterprising graduate employee. The Industry Engagement programme will offer an insight into careers students may not have previously considered and the opportunity to apply for graduate roles with prestigious public and private sector organisations with graduate employment opportunities. If students need support with the application process, 1:1 or group sessions are offered to enable them to fulfil their career potential.

Future Careers / Potential Career Prospects

Research suggests that employers find that many UK graduates are not yet ready for the world of graduate work. With this in mind, all our undergraduate degree programmes include a module Academic and Professional Skills to help build upon vital attributes, all of which contribute towards ensuring a successful future career.

Our scheduling of lectures and tutorials optimise the chance of meaningful part-time work. A part-time job in the right sector can help hone your understanding of business and help develop the graduate skills employers want to see upon graduation.

Graduate employment opportunities that might be available to graduates of the programme(s) offered at UONL include:

  • Accounting e.g. Auditor, Company Secretary, Finance Officer, Tax Adviser
  • Administration e.g. Administrator, Office Manager
  • Business e.g. Business Researcher, Management Consultant, Project Coordinator
  • Enterprise e.g. Founder/ Co-founder/ Director of enterprise
  • Health and Social Care e.g. Care Home Manager, Community development worker, Healthcare Manager
  • Hospitality and travel management e.g. Catering Manager, Event Manager, Hotel Manager, Restaurant Manager, Tourism Officer
  • Human Resources e.g. Contracts Manager, HR Advisor, HR Officer, Office Manager, Recruiter
  • Law e.g. Legal Executive, Paralegal
  • Marketing and Advertising e.g. Advertising Executive, Marketing Executive, Market Researcher, Public Relations Officer
  • Sales e.g. Retail Manager, Sales Manager
  • Progression to PG Study to access further careers: e.g. Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Teaching.

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