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Careers and employability

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We take the future careers of our students very seriously

It's important to us that we prepare our students for the world of work.

We are dedicated to giving our students the skills and specialist knowledge needed to pursue their chosen careers. On each course page you will find details of work placements, employability and case studies of past students’ careers.

Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Management

Our graduates usually find employment in fields directly related to their course. Past students have gone on to be assistant HR managers in hotels, hotel managers, travel consultants and tour operators. Many students have pursued exciting roles in airline and events management, worked for national tourism offices and set up their own businesses.

From Easter to September in your first and second year you will undertake a work placement, which we help you source. This may be in any field from the tourism, hospitality and leisure sectors. By dividing the placement into two distinct blocks you can experience more than one sector or progress from one level of employment to another.

I spent my placement year working at Movenpick Resorts in Dubai. It was pre-opening year so I got intense training for the first few months and then in operation I got to work in reception and guest relations. I learnt so much about the industry.

Ahlam Benyakhlef, BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality

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Planning and Housing

Qualifications in the planning and housing sectors can lead to a wide range of careers. Many of our past and current students hold key positions in their organisations and professional bodies, often as senior managers and business owners. 

Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so this is a good time plan for your future career in these fields.

We believe that it's really important to give our students a real sense of future employment opportunities. So, all our courses feature a study visit and fieldwork opportunities. There are also practice-based modules and our highly successful Buddy Scheme pairs planning practitioners with planning students to provide voluntary work experience.

Taking the part-time option whilst working gave me the opportunity to progress my career and build confidence. Now I'm an Assistant Planner my role is very varied. I write planning summaries, produce the company's newsletter as well as monitoring local development frameworks and coordinating public consultations.

Caroline Legg, BA (Hons) Urban and Environmental Planning
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