Careers and employment

portsmouth careers and employability staff in learning facility

Building the skills you'll use in your career

Portsmouth isn’t just about outstanding teaching and great facilities. We give you everything you need to thrive in whichever career you choose.

We’re number 1 in the UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist, 2017) – the average University of Portsmouth graduate earns £3,100 (13%) above expectations, 5 years after they finish their course.

Our graduate employment rates are also among the highest in the UK with 97.5% of our students in work or further study 6 months after finishing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE), 2017).

Work-related learning

We build our courses to make sure you're learning the skills you'll use in your career. You'll get to practice in simulated work environments such as our newsroom, mock courtroom, model pharmacy, forensic house and fully equipped TV studio.

You’ll also get to use your professional skills in the community. For example:

  • Dental students treat NHS patients in our Dental Academy
  • Sport and exercise science students run coaching courses at local schools
  • Law students run legal advice clinics for the public

Links with employers and professional bodies

Many of our courses are commissioned by employers like the NHS or accredited by professional organisations. So what you do on your course will always reflect what’s happening in the industry.

Professional accreditation also tells potential employers you have the career-specific skills and knowledge you need for your career, giving you an edge over other candidates when you're applying for jobs.

We also organise visits from employers who run events such as career-specific seminars. These give you the opportunity to mingle with future employers and get a feel for your chosen industry.

Work experience and volunteering

My experience through volunteering has been one of the best in my life. I was a 14 year old who wanted to rebel and do nothing with my life before I starting volunteering at Active Communities Network (ACN). Now I am 20 years old and attending the University of Portsmouth studying Social Work

Tayah Kalli, ACN volunteer and BSc (Hons) Social Work student

We make it easy for you to get relevant work experience during your course, helping you put your knowledge to use. Each faculty has a Placement Office, which can help you organise work experience with local, national and international employers.

You can also apply your skills and get valuable professional experience through volunteering. Portsmouth students volunteered over 54,000 hours of their time in 2016/17. We'll support you in finding volunteering opportunities that match your career aspirations.

Expert help and support

Our Careers and Employability service gives you expert, tailored advice on getting a job and developing your career.

You get:

  • Extensive information on career planning, applying for jobs, graduate opportunities and working globally
  • An annual Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair
  • Help and advice on setting up your own business
  • Interview training with mock interviews

You can use the Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you graduate.