The University of Winchester has excelled in the number of graduates from its undergraduate programmes who are in employment and further study, placing it in the top 10 universities in the country. Winchester is also the highest placed university in the region.
The figures are revealed in a new report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020 is the largest survey of employment and further study outcomes for UK graduates and looked for the first time at what happens to students after they leave university.
Our careers team offer impartial and up-to-date information, advice and guidance about occupations, graduate employment, further study/training, volunteering, and other opportunities.
Either through face-to-face appointments or via email/telephone, our professional qualified Faculty Employability Advisers provide a wide variety of talks and workshops to support your transition into your desired career.
In addition, we also offer:
- CareerConnect which advertises part-time job vacancies both on campus and locally, vacation work, and national graduate job vacancies
- A volunteering service promoting many local opportunities
- The HEAR - a single record of your academic and other achievements during your time at University
- The chance to develop your leadership skills through the Frontrunner course
- The Winchester Employability Fund, enabling eligible undergraduate students to carry out activities to enhance their employability and receive up to £500 funding
- Help and advice to students who wish to leave university prematurely
All information about careers, qualifications, courses and training is accurate, up-to-date and reflects a commitment to equality of opportunity. It includes information for our student body that reflects all needs including those, for example, relating to:
- sexual orientation
Assistance in accessing resources is available for students with disabilities and information can be made available in alternative formats on request. Our premises are accessible by people with mobility impairment. We are also an active member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and associated regional groups. This relationship ensures that the information available to students is extensive and professional. Through AGCAS, Careers Service staff also benefit from excellent communication channels, events, support and training
We recommend Prospects (UK's official careers website for students and graduates) as a major source of information on all graduate career areas.
As a former Winchester student, you how have free careers advice guidance and support for life! You may use the Careers Service for as long as you need us and may book to have an appointment with our professionally qualified staff. When seeking a detailed career plan, register and book an appointment on CareerConnect, virtually, over the phone or through email with a Faculty Employability Adviser.
Discover all our opportunities below:
CareerConnect: your jobs and opportunities platform
If you are keen to acquire employability skills, enhance your CV, and earn money whilst you study, then our CareerConnect website is the first place you should look for vacancies.
CareerConnect advertises part-time paid work either on campus or in Winchester and surrounding areas. It also advertises full-time graduate job vacancies suitable for final-year students and graduates to apply for, vacation work, placements, volunteering and paid work experience/internship opportunities. Last year, we advertised over 2,400 vacancies with a wide range of organisations.
We have a good working relationship with local employers, many of whom have been advertising their job vacancies with us for years, and we are constantly adding new employers to our website. Typical part-time vacancies include: working with the University Campus and Conference Services or other departments in a variety of roles; jobs within the local area such as retail, childcare, bar and office work. Work can be part-time, temporary and also seasonal.
How do I search for vacancies?
As soon as you arrive at Winchester you’ll be able to access CareerConnect. When you see an opportunity that interests you, you will be asked to contact the employer/organisation directly in most cases.
What can I do before I arrive at Winchester?
If you want to get ahead of the game there are several things you can do before you begin your studies at Winchester. Do remember though that you may not know your timetable until you enrol, so be careful not to commit to hours that you may not be able to fulfil.
- Make sure that your CV is up-to-date: Shops in Winchester often advertise vacancies in their windows and it makes sense to have copies of your CV ready to hand out. For information about writing a good CV, look at prospects.ac.uk where you will find several examples in the careers advice section.
- Consider transferring your current part-time job: Do you already work for a big national company? If so, why not talk to your home store and ask if it operates a transfer scheme so that you can work in the Winchester branch whilst at University, and in your home store during the vacations.
- Contact employers directly: You could try a speculative approach if you know there's somewhere you would particularly like to work. Have your CV ready to email, together with a covering letter.
- Check the ‘Find a job’ service and contact recruitment agencies: You can search for local vacancies on gov.uk/jobsearch. There are also several recruitment agencies in Winchester (see yell.com or rec.uk.com) and some of them may advertise local part-time job opportunities suitable for students.
- Word of mouth: Friends and family may know of vacancies – or maybe you will know of a student who has recently graduated and is looking for someone to replace them where they work.
Please note: we recommend that full-time undergraduate students work no more than 15 hours per week during term-time so that their employment does not interfere with their studies.
Volunteering or community activity can offer a valuable variety of experiences to develop skills that equip you for life and for work
Volunteering is a great way to:
- Gain new skills and achieve personal development
- Complement your studies
- Enhance your CV and employability
- Enhance your confidence in different situations
- Gain practical experience for career choices
- Make a difference
- Enjoy something different and new!
Examples of students’ volunteering opportunities include youth work activities, fundraising, event organisation, and sports coaching. Volunteering providers often appreciate the individual for what they can offer, as one student expressed: “When I’m volunteering I’m not known as being a student but as being me. I’m acknowledged for the personal qualities and skills that I can offer to help others.”
For details of numerous varied opportunities and for guidance when considering the choices, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Accredited Volunteering Module
Give a little, gain a lot
Take the University of Winchester’s Accredited Volunteering Module and gain valuable experience and life skills, whilst making a positive contribution to your local community and gaining credits. The University works closely with many local, national and international charitable organisations sourcing fantastic voluntary placement opportunities for students.
The module involves students completing a placement within a charitable or non-profitmaking organisation during what would normally be class contact time. Students are then required to complete an assessment at the end of the module, usually a reflective piece on the volunteering experience, their contribution to the organisation, the nature of charitable and non-profitmaking organisations and the skills and experience they have gained.
Here are some comments from students who have completed the module:
“The Volunteering Module gave me the ability to volunteer within the environment where I want to pursue my future career so I’ve gained experience and skills which will look great on my CV when I start to look for roles beyond my degree.”
“I suddenly realised the issues that charities face in order to continue to do what they do and it made me consider a career within an area which I’d never thought of before.”
“The Volunteering Module gave me an insight into what real life was going to be like beyond University.”
“I gained a great sense of personal achievement from my volunteering placement for the Module which motivated me to work harder on my course to get where I want to be.”
For further information please email email@example.com
Future Leader Experiences
Learn more about what it means to be a leader. Learn how to lead!
Future Leader Experiences is run on campus every year by Common Purpose. It's an exciting course for university undergraduate students who want to improve their capacity to lead.
What happens on the course?
Future Leader Experiences is an active three day leadership course where you will:
- visit organisations from every sector
- meet leaders from a range of backgrounds
- consult on real-life business challenges
- try your hand at leading teams
- gain experience working with people from other cultures
During the three days you will:
- understand what it means to lead, using the experience of others
- improve your ability to ask questions that get you the answers you need
- test your leadership skills through applied practice
- practice working collaboratively
- learn to give and receive constructive feedback
What will I get out of it?
- accelerate your leadership skills
- increase your employability by adding value to your CV
- develop communication and presentation skills
- develop your ability to adapt and thrive in multiple environments
- collaborate with peer students and form long lasting networks
- foster an ability to work with senior leaders
Who could I meet?
Winchester students taking the course have met leaders from organisations such as:
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
- Winchester City Council
- Diocese of Winchester
- Theatre Royal Winchester
- Hampshire Constabulary
- Community Action Hampshire
- Southern Daily Echo
- Age Concern
What do other students think about Future Leader Experiences?
"I was sceptical about the course at first and didn't really know what to expect. However, I can honestly say that it is the best thing I have had the pleasure in taking part in at University, both in terms of the skills I have learned and the inspiring, focused and like-minded people I was able to meet. I recommend Future Leader Experiences 100%!" - Year 2 Psychology student
"The course was fantastic. It was a real insight into how the city is run and where power lies within it and the speakers were from a wide range of backgrounds and opinions. I felt that the course was very successful in helping us (the students) to identify the leadership skills that we already possess as well as encouraging understanding for the need for lifelong learning. It has given me the inspiration to focus my attention on making change happen within an area of industry that is very important to me and I have already begun planning my 'five year plan' to do just that. The timing of the course was perfect for me as, now in my second year, I am starting to think about my dissertation and I now have a clear direction in which to head!"- Event Management student
How do I find out more?
Winchester employability fund
The Winchester Employability fund has been set up to assist students in genuine need of financial support. Eligible students can apply for a maximum of £500 to recover travel and other project expenses.
We reserve the right to refuse any application and due to limited funds we will decide on a case-by-case basis.
Further details can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to: Full-time undergraduate Home or EU students who began studying at the university in or after 2012
Criteria: See below
Access agreement: Yes
Additional information: Up to £500 for volunteering or unpaid work experience/internships
How to apply: Contact email@example.com
Am I eligible?
To be eligible to apply to the fund, you must:
- be an undergraduate Home or EU student of the University of Winchester who began studying at the university in or after 2012
- have a household income of less than £42,875 (as determined by Student Finance England)
- be studying full-time
- meet the other requirements set out in the Winchester Employability Fund Terms and Conditions
About the volunteering or unpaid work experience/internship
The experience must:
- Give you the opportunity to develop transferable skills, enhance employability or apply learning from your studies
- Be unpaid
- Have been found by you – it may also be part of your degree programme, including the accredited volunteering module
Please note: we will request a proof of placement from the voluntary organisation or employer.
The fund does not cover:
- Contributions to fundraising targets to work experience schemes
- Work that you have already completed
- Educational or cultural exchange programmes
Higher education achievement report (HEAR)
The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) gives you a single record of your academic and other achievements during your time at University. It includes information about your achievements such as volunteering, Student Union activities, and prizes awarded, as well as information about module marks and your final Degree Classification.
This formal, University-verified document will help you to maximise your employability; it includes information about your course and University-approved achievements on one online document. There are all kinds of exciting activities to get involved with - from positions in the Student Union to Student Ambassador roles, to Winchester Music Centre activities - and much more!
Taking part in additional activities will not only be fun, they will help to make you more employable - and allow you to show your future graduate employer that you have developed a range of important employability skills. You can choose to share your HEAR securely with employers and universities when you come to apply for graduate jobs and/or postgraduate study.
To find out more about the HEAR, please view the video on the HEAR website
Current University of Winchester students also can find out more by searching 'HEAR' on the intranet.