Employer Connect

This programme matches eligible students to local professionals who can help you to explore and progress your career goals.

This programme is all about opening doors for Lancaster students.

What are the benefits?

The Careers team works through business networks such as the Federation of Small Businesses to identify suitable professionals within their membership to act as a point of contact for our students.

This could be to help a student:

  • Gain a better understanding of career options with small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • Explore career ideas in different sectors of employment
  • Learn about what employers expect from their graduate recruits
  • Identify how recruitment and selection decisions are made
  • Seek out work experience opportunities/ spend time work shadowing
  • Experience the workplace first-hand
  • Determine the actions required to achieve career goals

Employer Connect is not a formal mentoring programme. A member of the Careers team will begin the conversation with you, help you to prepare for your first meeting and give your support to develop networking skills. Once matched by one of our partners it is down to you to make the most of the opportunity.

Help with travelling expenses is available.

To learn more about the value of networking skills, this video gives a good introduction. Sign in using your Lancaster student ID and password.


This programme is funded through Office For Fair Access (OFFA) and is aimed at UK undergraduate students who are from under-represented groups in higher education including:

  • Students with a disability
  • Students from an ethnic minority
  • Mature students
  • Students who are care leavers
  • Students who are first the first generation in their family at university 

If this programme interests you and you're thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, take a look at Lancaster's innovators in these inspirational start-up stories.


If you would like to applly please contact us at careers@lancaster.ac.uk or drop in to chat to Careers staff directly by visiting The Base, Alexandra Square, Lancaster University.