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Students studying here at Southampton Solent University have access to a dedicated careers advice and employability service - Solent Futures. They offer a range of support services and can help put you in the best possible position to pursue your dream career.

You can use this service even if you haven't yet enrolled at Southampton Solent. Get in touch using solent.futures@solent.ac.uk to find out how your choice of course could support your future career.

Should you choose to enrol, career advice and support will continue throughout your time here and after you graduate. Solent Futures works with course teams to make sure employability is embedded in your curriculum. They also create great online resources and offer workshops on popular employability subjects throughout the year, all to ensure that you are fully prepared to secure employment after graduation.

Why is employability important?

Developing your employability is more than just having a degree. Employers are looking to recruit graduates who also have the right skills, attributes and mind-sets that will make them an asset for their organisation.

As well as industry specific skills (the kind you will develop through your degree studies), employers are typically looking for graduates who: 

  • work well in teams,
  • generate innovative ideas,
  • are confident and proactive,
  • have a positive/can-do attitude, and
  • have a range of workplace experience.

Opportunities to develop many of these skills will exist within your course, but you will also be able to enhance your employability further by participating in extracurricular activities and gaining work experience.

Work experience

All Solent students are encouraged to pursue work experience throughout their studies. In some courses this work experience will be an essential part of the curriculum. In others, it may be entirely optional.

No matter which type of course you are on, it's a very good idea to get as much industry experience as possible. Solent Futures can help you find and apply for relevant placements, offering practical advice and drawing on their national network of employers.

Students are also encouraged to seek guidance from their course teaching team. Many academic staff have extensive experience in industry and may be able to put you in touch with someone from their own professional network.

Part-time work

We are often asked by potential students, “Is there part-time work available in Southampton?”

The short answer is yes. Hundreds of students work in the city every year in retail, hospitality, catering, care, leisure and tourism. Many students also work on campus as student ambassadors or support staff.

Solent Futures can support you as you look for part-time work, helping with CVs and application forms or advise you on where to look for opportunities.

It is important not to think of your part-time work as 'just a part-time job' - any work experience will help develop essential employability skills. A degree is rarely enough on its own, so making the most of a part-time job can give you an essential edge over the competition.

Graduate employment

Getting graduates into relevant and rewarding jobs is our number one priority. To ensure this happens, we offer a range of support services to those who are nearing graduation:

  • We link employers advertising graduate vacancies to targeted courses.
  • We run a mentoring scheme where students are matched with employers in their industry sector.
  • We run a jobs database (Solent Graduate Jobs) which is exclusive to current Solent student.
  • We offer a traditional one-to-one careers guidance service.

Many of our students and graduates start their own business or enjoy successful work as freelancers in their chosen industry. We support them with one to one advice, through the curriculum and with practical help such as business space or initial funding.

To find out more about the career support we offer to our graduates, visit our employability events page.

For more information about graduate opportunities in the south, visit Solent Graduate Jobs.

Support after graduation

Solent Futures has a commitment to continue to support graduates after graduation. The services offered include one-to-one advice and guidance, mock interview practice, and access to a large employer network.

If you're thinking of starting a business, Solent Futures offers the opportunity to pitch for up to £2,000 in initial funding. You'll also be eligible to apply for office space where you can start your business alongside other enterprising graduates.

Contact us

Come and see a Solent Futures adviser from 11am - 4pm, Monday to Friday. You'll find Solent Futures in the Reginald Mitchell building (RM001), near the shop and the Student Hub.

You can also talk to them at any of our open days.

Solent Futures
Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace
Southampton
SO14 0YN
T: 023 8201 3883
E: solent.futures@solent.ac.uk

If you are an employer and are interested in working with our graduates or students, please contact employers@solent.ac.uk.

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