Careers and alumni

Your future

Bristol postgraduates are highly attractive to employers. Our employment record is among the UK's best. Many major organisations have strong links with the University, often recruiting directly from campus.

Careers Service

The University's Careers Service offers a wide range of services to help you to:

  • develop your skills;
  • make well-informed career decisions;
  • look for jobs;
  • complete applications;
  • prepare for interviews. 

Skills and employability training

Being able to market your skills to an employer is essential.

Our full programme of workshops and events aims to enhance your employability skills.

Tailored workshops and activities will help you to:

  • develop an awareness of available opportunities;
  • identify and reflect on the skills you are developing;
  • present yourself effectively;
  • think about academic and non-academic career interests.

Individual advice and guidance is also available.

If you are on a one-year Master's course, come and see us as early as possible, as your year will go by very quickly.

Bristol PLUS Award

More than 1,000 students are participating in the Bristol PLUS Award. This rewards students who have gained significant skills and experience outside of their studies. Recognised activities include volunteering, work experience, societies and sport.

Many leading graduate recruiters endorse the Bristol PLUS Award. These include Airbus, Cancer Research UK, NHS and Unilever.

University of Bristol Internship Scheme

We work with small and medium-sized organisations offering a range of high-quality, paid internships.

You'll find plenty of opportunities to gain the work experience you want. You can either work part-time alongside your studies, or full-time during the vacations.

Participating organisations have included publishers, research consultancies and financial organisations.

Our alumni

Bristol alumni are extraordinary people. They're innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers. They make an impact across the UK and overseas in a wide range of fields.

When you graduate, you'll automatically become a member of this inspirational network. It's a global community of more than 119,000 Bristol alumni in 170 countries. This goldmine of talent and experience will bring you invaluable career and social benefits throughout your life.

Get ahead in your career

You'll have many opportunities to meet Bristol alumni while you're a student. They often return to share experiences across many professions, including the environment, management and law.

Through mentoring and networking sessions, you'll gain insight into different careers. You will benefit from practical help and advice on enhancing your own career prospects.

With our support, you can also make the most of our alumni network after you graduate. You can keep in touch online via our alumni websiteLinkedIn group and Facebook page. You can join us in person at the many alumni events that take place around the world.

A lifelong relationship

Bristol alumni have a long tradition of supporting upcoming generations.

Many organise reunions and networking events in the UK and overseas. This is a great way to meet new people and keep in touch with old friends, while strengthening ties between Bristol's past and present.

Many alumni also donate money to the University because they want future students to have an experience as rich and rewarding as theirs.

Their donations help fund bursaries and travel grants. Through the Alumni Foundation, they support the student societies and sports clubs that make Bristol such an exciting and vibrant place to study.

The careers fairs and employer presentation evenings put on by the Careers Service have definitely helped me decide what I want to do.

Jason (MSc Economics, Finance and Management)

Celebrating your success

We are proud of our graduates' successes and the contribution they make to society. You can see profiles of some of our successful alumni.

Find out more about what Bristol graduates have gone on to achieve by joining our Bristol alumni LinkedIn group.

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