LEC degrees provide excellent employment prospects. Here's why.
Focussing on careers from day one
All of our degrees are designed to enable you to attain the highest levels of academic achievement. But, at the same time, we encourage the development of skills and abilities that make you highly attractive to a range of employers. All of the courses studied as part of a LEC degree are designed with a philosophy of embedding transferrable skills relevant for future careers alongside subject-specific material. We also provide dedicated careers courses to help you prepare for the job application process.
Student employability opportunities (Youtube video)
Enterprise & Business Partnerships
The Enterprise and Business Partnerships (EBP) team is one of LEC's unique features. EBP interfaces with around 30 environmental companies who have offices on site to take advantage of the Centre's environmental expertise. This is where the LEC's pioneering research can be utilised directly to formulate environmental solutions to World issues.
EBP has contacts with over 500 other companies across the UK and this experience is used to guide your training as an undergraduate student. EBP run taught modules studying the links between enterprise and the environment, as well as offering dissertation projects linked with specific businesses to provide you with embedded work experience at graduate level. Combining these opportunities with employability training provided throughout your Lancaster degree gives you the best possible start on graduation.
Professional careers training
In the second year of your degree, you complete a course where professional careers advisors from Careers help you produce and assess your CV, job applications and cover letters.
In addition to a range of careers fairs run by the University Careers Service, we hold our own LEC Careers Fair every year providing a chance for you to discuss employment opportunities with a wide variety of businesses, charities and professional bodies in the environmental sector. Video clips from the most recent Careers Fair are available on our Youtube channel.
Enterprise for the Environment
You can take the LEC module 'Enterprise for the Environment' as part of your degree. This is taught through our Enterprise and Business Partnerships centre and focuses on development of your academic and practical skills relevant to gaining employment with companies and organisations specialising in environmental issues.
Do Your Dissertation as a Work Placement: We also offer you the option of undertaking your final year dissertation as part of a work placement. This is organised using the contacts secured through EBP, and gives you a fantastic opportunity to undertake a novel research project housed within a company or charity seeking environmental solutions to a real problem.
If you are interested in gaining experience in industry beyond our dissertation work placement scheme, we have good links with many organisations through our summer internship programme and through our faculty internship programme.
Students interested in training as a teacher are given a unique opportunity at Lancaster to develop their skills as part of an assessed and government recognised programme. This involves teaching Geography in a local school for one afternoon a week for a term. You receive feedback from the teachers you work with and produce a portfolio documenting your experiences.
The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
CEH is the UK's Centre of Excellence for research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. One of the four national centres is based within LEC. CEH works in partnership with the research community, policy-makers, industry and society, delivering world-class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH staff support teaching activities on several of our modules, and provide unique opportunities for undergraduate projects and work experience.
The Lancaster Award
All of our students are encouraged to enrol for the Lancaster Award. This formally recognises and rewards voluntary work, work experience and participation in careers training programmes offered by Careers.
Gaining real world experience
Lancaster University Student Union runs Green Lancaster, providing plenty of opportunities to get involved at the weekend and gain practical skills. Green Lancaster offers external placements so students get the chance to gain volunteering experience working in the local community, in partnership with the RSPB, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and other partners.
Extra curricular activities
Extra curricular activities are a great way to improve your CV and your career prospects, whether you volunteer, do a summer internship, go on expeditions or join the many clubs and societies on offer at Lancaster.