Careers and alumni

University of Bristol graduates are highly employable and in demand - we're the third most targeted university by The Times Top 100 UK Employers. As a graduate of Bristol, you'll be joining a network of talented alumni, developing careers in over 170 countries worldwide.

Preparing you for the future

At Bristol we are committed to helping you develop your employability and find the career that's right for you. That's why our graduate employment record is one of the best in the UK; we are rated 6th in the UK in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016/17 and are the third most targeted university by top UK employers (High Fliers Research, 2017).

Find out more about the different careers paths taken by our alumni.

Careers information and guidance

Located at the heart of the University campus, our Careers Service offers a range of services to support you in your career choices.

  • Our experienced staff can help you to explore your options, develop your employability skills and make successful job applications.
  • Online resources are available for you to research employers, browse job vacancies and practise for employer selection activities.
  • Dedicated resources are available for international students and postgraduate students.
  • We offer advice on postgraduate study options and funding.
  • Access to the Careers Service remains free for three years after you graduate.

Make the right connections

We have long-standing relationships with hundreds of employers, from small businesses to global organisations. They provide input into our degree courses to make sure they are up to date and frequently visit the University to share their knowledge at careers fairs, presentations, networking events and practice interviews.

Our student enterprise and support service Business Basecamp is an entrepreneurship hub, allowing students to develop their business ideas and pursue start-up funding through numerous competitions and challenges.

Students in the Faculty of Engineering also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific industrial links for students. 

The University of Bristol Law School offers a Professional Mentoring Scheme, enabling second-year Law students to meet regularly with Bristol alumni working in the legal profession. 

University of Bristol internship scheme

The University of Bristol Internship Scheme provides opportunities to get high-quality, paid work experience with a variety of small to medium-sized organisations. Joining the scheme is a fantastic way to try out a new career, develop your professional network and enhance your CV.

Stand out from the crowd

The Bristol PLUS Award, endorsed by leading graduate recruiters including Deutsche Bank and IBM, rewards students who have developed significant professional and life skills through work experience, volunteering or other extracurricular activities.

Teach First enjoys a very special relationship with Bristol. Their students care passionately about making society a better place and make the most of the amazing opportunities the University offers. Bristol students apply successfully in high numbers making them one of the most important universities to us.

James Darley, Director of Graduate Recruitment, Teach First

A network for life

When you graduate you will automatically become a member of our Alumni Association - a global community of 120,000 Bristol graduates from 170 countries. It’s a goldmine of talent that will bring you invaluable career and social benefits throughout your life.

Over 300 companies take part in employer events on campus each year.

Bristol had a huge influence on my career. Being editor of Epigram, Bristol's independent student newspaper, led to loads of great opportunities including work experience on NME and part-time work for Island Records. I met some truly inspiring and influential people very early on.

Krissi Murison (BA English 2003), Associate Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine
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