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Southampton Solent University's Employability and Enterprise Service provides help to students and graduates as they look for suitable career development or employment opportunities. One of the most effective ways of providing this service is by developing mutually beneficial relationships with employers related to our five academic schools.

There are many ways your business can get involved, developing early connections with up-and-coming professionals and benefitting from easy access to graduate talent.

Advertise with Solent Graduate Jobs

Solent Graduate Jobs (SGJ) is the University’s tailor-made recruitment site, putting students in contact with employers who are offering placements, graduate jobs, work experience, internships or volunteering opportunities. To advertise any positions within your organisation, simply register an account at

Once you have registered an account, your company profile will appear throughout the website. This will:

  • allow users to click through to your website,
  • help make the student community aware of opportunities at your business,
  • and help promote your recruitment activities.

We can provide the following opportunities for your business:

Part-time/casual work

We have thousands of students who are actively looking for part-time work, whether directly related to their course or not. Available in the evenings, weekends and at occasional times during weekdays, students can bring a unique perspective and enthusiasm to any business.

Work experience

Work experience is extremely valuable to students as it shows evidence of their skills, commitment and understanding of the industry. We know that without experience, particularly in sectors such as media, advertising and journalism, it can be very difficult to compete for work, and for many students, unpaid work experience provides a route into these industries.

Some employers are able to offer unpaid work experience or work shadowing for students and recent graduates during the vacation periods, on a part-time basis throughout the year or for a short time period. Unpaid work experience shouldn't put students out of pocket and, where possible, we're grateful if employers can pay reasonable travel expenses and/or provide lunch vouchers.

Benefits to your business:

  • Increase your short-term resource for a specific project or busy period
  • Get to know the strengths and skills of prospective future employees

In some instances we recognise that what starts out as a temporary period of unpaid work experience may develop into something more and we understand that this may benefit our students' long term. Where this is the case we advise employers to take the necessary actions to meet all legal requirements in relation to contracts, pay and deductions.

We ask employers to consider that if students are contributing to the profitability or objectives of the organisation, expected to behave as employees, working on more than a casual or short-term basis (more than 4 weeks), or asked to agree to any contractual agreement as an employee, employers must pay them a proper wage. For more information about the National Minimum Wage visit the Gov website.


A placement is a role in your organisation undertaken by a student for a planned period of temporary work. For a student, it is an approved period of assessed learning within a workplace and should be relevant to their course.

The aim of a placement is to bridge the gap between academic study and vocational graduate experience by providing students with the opportunity to apply the theory and skills gained during their course to practical and professional work.

Benefits to your business:

The majority of employers highly value taking on a student in a placement role and there are a number of benefits associated with this. A placement offers:

  • Additional resource to complete specialist projects and short-term objectives.
  • Motivated students with specialist knowledge and cutting edge ideas.
  • A means of identifying potential employees for future employment.
  • A low-risk recruitment method through 'growing your own'.
  • An opportunity to develop closer links with the University.

We'll discuss the job role, recruitment, selection and interview arrangements that suit your requirements. We can arrange for you to give presentations to potential candidates and deliver selection interviews at our site, if it suits you.  Short-listing and final selection remains the prerogative of the employer.

We will ensure that your vacancy is promoted to the appropriate students and course staff. To do this, we require a job description including details of the nature of work the student would undertake.

Employ a graduate

Employing graduates into your business or organisation can be extremely rewarding. Graduates represent some of the brightest and well-educated sectors of the employment market. Most businesses would benefit from recruiting new talent possessing drive, enthusiasm and fresh ideas:

  • Graduates have great enthusiasm and are highly motivated.
  • They acquire many skills whilst at university which they can apply to the workplace.
  • Graduates are enthusiastic learners and become productive at a faster pace.
  • They can effectively and efficiently adapt to new environments.
  • Graduates are the ideal target for career development and succession planning.


Professional mentoring

Develop your employees’ leadership and mentoring skills through the popular student mentoring programme at Solent. Meet talented students and help them consider their career path while developing your own personnel's skills. Being involved with mentoring is an invaluable experience for both parties.

For both mentor and mentee, it encourages development of personal and professional skills such as listening, how to hold productive meetings, goal setting, diary management and communication skills.

Live briefs

Get a fresh perspective on a project or challenge – deliver a live brief to groups of our innovative, creative students, and pick the best ideas from the talent pool. This approach is ideal for starting or developing areas which you otherwise would not have the resource to deliver. 


Volunteering offers valuable experience to individuals whilst supporting non-profit organisations.

At Solent University we encourage students to undertake volunteering activity during their time with us, either during the holiday periods or in term-time, as long as it doesn't affect their studying.

Please note that volunteering is normally done in the non-profit or charity sector. If your volunteering vacancy doesn’t fall into this category you should be aware of contravening national minimum wage legislation.

If you have any further questions about recruiting volunteers please contact Back to top