School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
We integrate employability into every degree in our school, so that our students develop a range of transferable skills which employers consistently rank as the attributes and skills that they most value in graduates. These skills, and the opportunities to develop them, are embedded in our degrees:
- in the way we approach learning and teaching;
- in the delivery of our programmes; and
- in their assessment.
Alongside your exploration of your chosen subject, you will therefore be developing skills in critical thinking, team work, communication and presentation skills, self-motivation and organisation, initiative and flexibility, all highly valued by employers in this competitive job market.
Evidence of these skills being valued by employers may be found in research including:
Internships, volunteering and work experience
Whatever job you go for and whatever your degree the most important asset in the graduate labour market is to have some relevant experience. This can be achieved through Work Experience, which is strongly encouraged and facilitated in all of our degrees.
No matter how good your skills and how much experience you have the secret to success in the graduate labour market is having a CV which effectively conveys /everything you have to offer and makes you stand out in the crowd. In all of our degrees throughout your studies we facilitate the ongoing development of your CV offering specialist input into its development and design and encouraging you to build a personal portfolio reflecting the full diversity and evolution of your skills and experiences at University.
A degree with SSHLS may lead into a wide range of jobs, as demonstrated by our guide to occupations.
Enterprise and entrepreneurship
The School aims to encourage its students to develop the confidence and optimism that allows them to convert their employability skills into entrepreneurial ones. Read more about enterprise at the university's careers and recruitment service, Purple Door Careers and Recruitment.
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