Employability Statement – University of Bolton
The University of Bolton will help you to acquire the skills, knowledge and abilities to gain
employment. We want to help you to take control of your personal and professional
development to meet your career aspirations and realise your potential.
Employability and your course
Employability is embedded across all levels of study, ensuring you acquire key graduate
skills that employers expect. All Academic Groups have a Champion for Employability and
Enterprise. We have impressive links with employers, professional bodies and practice
specialists so that employability skills you develop through your course are relevant.
Involving employers in the design and delivery of programmes ensures the content of your
course is up to date and meets the needs of the current graduate job market.
Whilst you are on the course you will learn about the world of work through a variety of
different approaches:
Opportunities to undertake ‘live’ projects / assessment briefs set by employers.
Master classes with industrialists to help prepare you for work, progress in your
current employment or consider the opportunities to become self-employed.
Employability and enterprise modules and activities to broaden your understanding of
different areas of employment.
Placement and internship opportunities with employers, on a local and national basis.
Opportunities to spend part of your semester studying at our overseas campus in
Ras al Khaimah (UAE).
Opportunities for work experience
A significant amount of our courses arrange professional placements which have
accreditation attached. Others arrange and encourage shorter placements, work shadow
opportunities and employer visits.
Our Job Shop specialises in finding part time and vacation work. We have a Coordinator to
source volunteering opportunities to enhance your CV. We hold a job and volunteering fair
annually, we have paid opportunities available for students to work on campus, and we have
an active Student Union who advertise for paid and voluntary roles.
Personal development planning (PDP)
We want to help all students make that transition from university to the world of work
therefore we require all our students to produce a personal development plan, which will
help you to record your achievements, skills and experience to present to future employers.
Careers Support
All students can access the Careers Service for impartial information advice and 1-1
guidance. Advisers are linked to each Academic Group, to help you access placements and
graduate schemes. We offer a range of skills workshops such as CV writing, completing
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application forms, interview techniques and self presentation. Employability information and
resources are available for prospective students as well as current students and graduates
to help plan future careers.
Employability outside the curriculum
We provide opportunities to:
Join our clubs and societies
Get involved as a student representative
Gain experience through part time work
Take part in our Bolton Employability Award
After finishing your course
We encourage all graduates to join the Alumni Association and provide additional
opportunities for further study at discounted rates. All our graduates can access careers
support three years after graduation.
Bolton prides itself on providing personal attention and support to all our students. We are
recognised for our friendly and caring environment, which enables students from varied
educational backgrounds to achieve successful outcomes and graduate employment.
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