Preparing you for your future career in the global graduate jobs market shapes your student experience from the day that you enrol. Alongside our industry-engaged approach to teaching, we have a dedicated, award-winning Careers team to support you throughout your time at Lincoln and beyond.
Lincoln graduates have gone on to secure jobs at major companies and organisations around the world, including the BBC, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Boots, GSK, Lloyds Bank, and Rockstar Games. 91% of the University of Lincoln’s most recent graduates were in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their course, and more than 70% were working in highly skilled employment, according to the Graduate Outcomes survey 2017/18.
At the University of Lincoln, our dedicated and award-winning team of employability and careers professionals are here to help you develop the knowledge, skills, confidence, and experience needed to kick-start your chosen career.
Our Careers and Employability team has been acknowledged nationally for its innovative approach to careers education and guidance, winning the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services Award for Excellence in Employer Engagement (2016). The University was also ranked in the top 20 UK universities for careers support by Student Hut in 2019.
Each school has a dedicated Careers Advisor and one-to-one appointments are available to support students as they explore their career options and gain industry specific knowledge. Advisors are also on-hand through daily drop in sessions which can develop practical skills, such as creating a CV and preparing for interviews.
Students can sign up to receive updates on student employment, work placement, and graduate-level opportunities with a range of regional, national, and global organisations through our vacancy platform CareerLinc. Here, students can also access the Campus Jobs service to gain part-time work to fit around their studies.
The University is recognised as setting a blueprint for excellence in industry engagement through its pioneering approach to working with employers. Our unique relationships with companies such as Siemens, the Lincolnshire Co-operative, and Santander demonstrate our innovative industry-engaged approach. This has been acknowledged through a series of national awards over the past decade, including a prestigious Lord Stafford Award (2011), a Times Higher Education Award (2012), and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service Employer Engagement Award (2016).
In addition to the expertise of our academic teams, students at the University may also have the chance to learn from visiting staff who are well-known and respected in their industries and professions. This provides the opportunity for students to gain insight into a range of career paths and job roles. Through our annual ‘How to get a graduate job with’ event series, students can meet representatives of the UK's 300 top graduate employers, who offer information and advice on their recruitment processes.
Many of our courses are designed to produce graduates with the skills and experiences required to meet the needs of industry. The University often engages with industry experts to address specific skills gaps by launching new programmes, or pursues cutting-edge research to solve real-world challenges.
Students can get involved in a range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities to fit around their core studies at Lincoln. These provide the opportunity to learn and develop new skills while boosting employability.
These may include employability mentoring via our platform Lincoln Connect, which pairs students with professionals from our network of employers; our Careers and Employability workshops, taking place throughout the year which support students to build employability skills; and our employer-partnered projects which offer an opportunity to take part in real-world challenges set by employers.
The Lincoln Award is an employability framework built around the benefits of extracurricular activity which is run by the University’s Careers and Employability Service. It enables students to acquire transferable skills to complement those developed on their academic course by completing a series of chosen activities. Students completing the award are expected to have developed employability skills and learned how to demonstrate these to employers.
Students looking to further enhance their skill set in an increasingly globalised economy can also take advantage of language courses offered by our Lincoln International Business School. These include French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. A cost is associated with these courses.
As a graduate of the University of Lincoln you can continue to access careers support via the University for up to 15 months after finishing your studies, helping you establish your chosen career path. You can benefit from one-to-one careers support, including CV advice and help with interview preparation.
You can also join our global Alumni Network – a family of almost 100,000 former Lincoln students located all over the world. Many successful alumni return to share their experiences with current students and recent graduates.
If you have ambitions to start your own business, the University’s on-campus business incubation centre, Sparkhouse, has helped hundreds of graduate start-ups over the years. It provides access to business support services, funding advice, training events and networking, and affordable, flexible business premises to help you turn your concept into reality.