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Hello Future

University is more than an experience, it's preparation. We're here to help you find out what comes next, with a rewarding future that's right for you. 

When you arrive in Lancaster, you might not have a plan for after you graduate, but when you're ready to to take the next step, we're here to help you.

As you go through your course at Lancaster, you'll always have the chance to focus on your future and you'll have academic employability tutors to turn to, ready to offer advice or point you in the right direction.  For lots of our students, there's a chance to get a taste of professional life with work experiences or internships. We can also help you find a part-time job to fit around your studies. 

By the time you leave Lancaster University, you should have much more than a degree. You could also have experiences, skills and a good idea of where you're heading. We're the 3rd best university in the country for graduate prospects according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and Complete University Guide 2020.

A career for Jennifer

Jennifer Jones (Pendle) is in her third year of a Religious Studies degree. She came to Lancaster with little idea of her potential career path. But help from the university's Careers team (where she is now a Careers Ambassador), plus a valuable work experience placement, has allowed her to plot a path for her future.

Jennifer's story

Toby's arts marketing internship

Toby is a third year BSc Sociology student. He has a great interest in the Arts and is an editor for the student newspaper, SCAN, but had never considered a role in Marketing. At the end of his second year, Toby completed a 14-week summer internship in the Marketing team at the Dukes, a professional producing theatre in Lancaster. This helped him explore the field of marketing within the Arts, and has opened his eyes to a career path he wouldn't have otherwise considered.

Toby's story

Securing my career - an alumna's story

Kelsey made the most of opportunities on offer at Lancaster, undertaking internships and leading societies, which helped her build her skills ready to start her career.

She graduated with a degree in Marketing in 2018 and now works for Google as an Associate Account Strategist.

Kelsey's story

Part time work and internships

Digital Content Ambassador Maddy is in her third year of an English Language degree. In this blog she shares her experience of finding part-time work to support her studies and taking part in internships and work experience to prepare her for a career after graduation. 

Finding a job at Lancaster

Specialist support for financial careers

If you're interested in a career in finance, Paul McCormick is Lancaster's specialist Financial Careers Coach:

"I've spent a career working in finance, as a bond trader at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Barclays, before branching out into electronic trading, sales, regulation and graduate recruitment at Thomas Reuters. Now, at LancasterUniversity, I put all that experience into helping our students find their own careers in finance. 

"As the specialist Financial Careers Coach here, I help more than 50 graduates each year make a start in financial markets and investments.

"Charlie Littlemore is just one of the success stories we’re proud of. An Economics & Politics student, he came to me in his first year, having been referred by our Careers team. We worked together to help him gain an internship with Jupiter Asset Management – something that’s pretty rare in first year. That experience put him in good stead for applying for another internship the following year, and he had offers from Coutts Private Banking, NASDAQ and Aviva Investors. He went to Aviva and it went very well. In fact, he was offered a spot on their graduate programme, before he’d even started his final year.  

"I’m here to support any student looking at a career in finance – not just those studying business-related subjects. For instance, Liam Cartz is a History student I met when we put on a talk on financial market careers. I then helped him secure a prime second-year summer internship with M&G Asset Management, and an offer to join their graduate programme soon followed."

Lancaster's financial careers coach with two students

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