University of Reading Employability Statement

Employability is about developing yourself, your skills and experience to equip you for life beyond university. At Reading, we help you to do this through your studies and a wide choice of employment and experience options. We value the diversity of our student body and aim to provide suitable opportunities for every student and graduate.

Being 'employable' means recognising and taking responsibility for your own academic, personal and professional development, during your time at Reading and beyond. We support you through our personal tutoring system, resources for recording and reflecting on your personal and academic development, skills development and language courses, alongside high-quality programmes of academic study. Our Reading Experience and Development Award gives formal recognition for part-time and voluntary work, and helps you to recognise, evidence and communicate the skills and experience gained as a result in future job applications.

Real-world experience

We know the value of real-world experience in preparing you for life beyond university. All of our courses have integrated or optional placements, and there are numerous other opportunities for gaining experience with a small business, professional practice, charity, or major company, or for volunteering at the University or in the wider community, studying abroad, or working alongside University researchers during your vacation. Some of our placements are in selected supportive environments, to help students with particular challenges overcome potential barriers to employment by gaining essential professional experience.

Our highly practical modules on entrepreneurship and social enterprise are open to most undergraduate and postgraduate students. These combine theory and practice to help you set up your own business or simply to develop valuable entrepreneurial skills to use in paid employment.

Working with employers

Reading engages widely with business for research, teaching and enterprise. We are the leading regional centre for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, where graduates work on challenging projects central to the development needs of a company and enable knowledge to flow between the University and the business.

As our more vocational programmes must meet the particular needs of some employers, many are accredited by professional bodies or have significant industry input into curriculum development and teaching. We also ensure that our many non-vocational courses offer students every opportunity to develop the generic skills that all employers look for.

Diverse careers support

Our work with regional, national and international employers enables us to promote employment and internship vacancies to all our students and recent graduates, as part of our wide careers services. Careers fairs, employer presentations, skills development sessions, work on effective applications, interview practice, and career guidance sessions will help you to identify and make the most of your opportunities at Reading.

Undergraduates have timetabled space to shape their career ideas and learn from employers, professional bodies and alumni, through the Career Management Skills (CMS) programme. CMS is tailored to your own subject and features taught sessions and online work supported by our award-winning Destinations® site. We also have dedicated provision for postgraduate students, international students and students with disabilities.

More details are in our prospectuses and website.


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August 2011

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