Skills for employment
As part of your course you will take three employability modules specifically designed for self-development. The modules are called: ‘Employability Skills’, ‘Developing Career Prospects’ and ‘Applying Critical Reflective Practice’. These represent 60 credits out of the total of 360 credits for the programme.
The employability modules complement the broader skills that you’ll gain in understanding how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions and how to lead change in organisations.
85% of business graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduating (2010 Destination of Higher Education Leavers Survey). Examples of companies that have recruited students from Sunderland include leading names in IT (Microsoft, IBM, Intel), consumer goods (P&G, Nike, Adidas), banking (Lloyds TSB), hospitality (Marriott Hotels, Starbucks), and the public sector (NHS).
Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of management position that you may one day hold. Examples of past speakers include Divine Chocolate’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Sunderland Football Club’s CEO, and representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.
Visiting speakers help you relate academic learning to the real experience of people who have already progressed in their careers. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four year course. Placements are paid, with an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.
Student Business Society
The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.
It is usually possible to take a module from the University Language Scheme, which will earn credits towards your degree. Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme:
The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience.
CV-enhancing opportunities include:
- Work placements
- Graduate internships
- Studying abroad
- Student Ambassador Scheme
- Starting your own business
- Student jobs and volunteering
- Careers advice
For full details, please see our Employability page.