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Durham University

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Developing your skills

Employability is not just about getting a job - it is about having the skills, knowledge and attitude that will make you successful in your chosen career.

Gaining Work Experience

In an increasingly competitive graduate job market a good degree, even from a world-class university, may not be enough to secure a job. Work experience is crucial to success in selection processes for the top employers’ graduate programmes as it will help you identify your own skills, enable you to discuss the sector knowledgeably during the recruitment process and get a real sense of what it is like to work in your chosen industry.

Careers & Enterprise provides support to enable students to access a variety of work experience opportunities to find what suits you best; a summer internship, a placement year, part-time term-time experience. As well as supporting large graduate recruiters in promoting internship schemes to all students, we also create bespoke work experience programmes, dedicated to the individual needs of students. Opportunities have included Explore Work Experience internships in the public sector, third sector, arts, media or heritage sectors and with Small and Medium sized Enterprises as well as a research and leadership programme.

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