Graduate Employability

The Edge Hill University Business School experience is designed to prepare all students for their future careers. We have an excellent track record in graduate employment and the latest figures show Edge Hill as top in the North West for the third year running (1). Over 95% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating (2,3).

Major employers are involved in the design of our degrees, and many of our programmes carry additional professional accreditation. For example, the Accountancy degree provides exemptions for a number of professional exams, while our Marketing Degrees meet the entry criterion for the CIM Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (with additional work experience requirements). Management students who also study accountancy or marketing also enjoy partial exemptions depending on their choice of modules.

In addition, Accountancy students can also gain a number of discreet professional qualifications that are recognised by all employees – those include the ECDL (European Computer Driving License), ECDL Advanced Spreadsheets Certificate, CIMA Accredited Sage Foundation Certificate and CIMA Accredited Sage Advanced Certificate.

During your degree you will develop both intellectually and personally, gain confidence and acquire the skills employers are looking for. In addition, depending on your choice of degree, your programme can include:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate Enterprise
  • A sandwich year working in industry
  • A Personal Development Portfolio

The school regularly hosts visiting lectures by major employers and real-world practitioners – recent examples within the Business School include visits from representatives of international companies such as Matalan, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and RSM Tenon to talk about career opportunities and sandwich placements.

In addition, all students of the Business School have access to our award-winning Careers Centre. From the moment you start your degree, you have access to a highly dedicated and passionate team who can provide friendly, impartial and confidential guidance.

Support continues after you graduate, with continued access to the Careers Centre, and special employer events such as workshops to help you hone your CV and interview skills, networking events run in conjunction with professional bodies, and a lively Alumni Network.

Footnotes:

1. From the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Performance Indicators 2009-10

2. HESA: full-time first degrees

3. HESA: all undergraduates, full & part time, first degrees and other undergraduate qualifications from full universities in England

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