Careers and Employability
Studying in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies prepares you for a huge variety of different career options, and our graduates are in high demand from prospective employers across the world. We can help you achieve great things through our opportunities in the CLAS Work Placement and Employability Programme, which works in partnership with the Careers and Employability Service.
Over 80% of our students graduate with a 2:1 or better and those who enter into full-time employment directly after graduation can expect an average starting salary of £18,571.
Work Placement and Employability Programme
To be competitive in the current job market you need more than just a degree - you need to gain and demonstrate key skills for the work place. The Work Placements and Employability Programme helps that happen, giving students the opportunity to gain first hand practical experience and to meet and network with a wide range of employers, helping you to find your passion and give you the best start to a long and fulfilling career.
With a range of employability modules in the School, there is a chance to undertake a local placement as part of your module choices and learn more about the transferable skills you are gaining as a Nottingham student.
Do you want to host a Saturday morning breakfast radio show? Or help run a film festival? Want to see what areas of business you can use your languages in? Then Nottingham is the place for you!
Find out more about our placement student experiences:
More than a degree
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Find out what our students think about the Work Placement and Employability Programme
A brief interview with student Sally Jollands about her experience at the University of Nottingham
Libby Fox talks about her work based placement experience
The following are modules currently offered as part of our Work Placement and Employability Programme
Careers Skills for Linguists Module
The Careers Skills for Linguists Module (10 credits) takes place in the Autumn term and is available to registered full time University of Nottingham undergraduate students as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award scheme.
This module aims to help students to prepare for, and think actively about using their language skills in their future careers. This could also be a useful introduction to the Work Placement Module.
The Careers Skills for Linguists Module is a 10 credit module and can be taken either on their own or students may wish to register for this module and the CLAS Work Placement module and gain 20 Nottingham Advantage Award credits, as these modules complement each other.
Accredited Work Placement Module
The Placement module is a year-long module with preparation sessions in the first semester followed by a period of placement in the second semester. The preparation sessions run from September - December followed by the start of the placements which will commence in January – May with an evaluation session at the end of the module.
This module aims to support the personal development of CLAS students and encourage them to feel more confident and at ease in the job market. Sessions include ‘Planning for your Work Placement’, ‘Transitional Skills: The CV and Covering Letter’, ‘Interview Workshop’ and a final evaluation session to give students the opportunity to discover more about themselves, their personality and career dreams.
During this module students will get the chance to undertake a work placement in a company or organisation local to Nottingham. The placements will last for approximately 50 hours, usually carried out over an afternoon a week for 8-10 weeks. These placements are voluntary and are accredited as part of the degree programme of the students.
Work Placement Module
The CLAS Work Placement Module (10 credits) will be introduced in the Autumn semester with work placements commencing in the Spring. The module is available to registered, full time, University of Nottingham undergraduate students as part of the Nottingham Advantage Award Scheme.
This module aims to support students’ personal development and empower them to feel confident and at ease in the job market. Moreover, it should make them reflect on, and make them aware of, what they need in order to achieve their career goals
The Work Placement Module is a 10 credit module and can be taken either on their own or students may wish to register for this module and the CLAS Careers Skills for Linguists module and gain 20 Nottingham Advantage Award credits, as these modules complement each other.
Year Abroad Work Placement Module
The CLAS Year Abroad Work Placement Module is an optional module which forms part of the Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) Scheme.
Students undertaking a placement for 5 months or more will be awarded 20 credits, and students undertaking a 3 month placement will be awarded 10 credits. In order to obtain the award, participating students will be expected to submit a reflective portfolio showing evidence of the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the placement, and, once the student has returned from their year abroad, they will also be required to attend a compulsory consolidation session to help prepare for job applications.