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Actions speak louder than words Working in partnership with industry

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Employability is central to the education we deliver. Our courses are developed in partnership with industry and we go to great lengths to ensure our graduates leave Ulster with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace. In addition to well-designed courses, we have a wide range of services that support our students:

Professional Accreditation Our degree programmes are developed with industry and professional bodies. Many offer an additional professional qualification. Career Planning Our Career Development Centre (CDC) staff offer friendly and impartial help and advice. We publicise graduate vacancies for permanent employment, placement experience and vacation and part-time work. We also organise regular fairs and forums for meeting employers and professional bodies.

Work Experience At Ulster, many of our courses offer the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience or to study abroad. According to the Graduate Market 2013 Report, most employers are looking for graduates who have undertaken work experience. Over a third of this year’s graduate vacancies are likely to be filled by applicants who have already worked for the employer. Work experience can also be gained through a number of work-based programmes, such as the Science Shop and Tutoring in Schools. For further information see, access/tis

Giving the EDGE On average there are over 60 applications for every graduate job. Employers are placing more emphasis on recruiting graduates who not only have a degree, but who are also equipped with key transferable skills and have a desire to learn more and improve these skills. The EDGE award provides official recognition and evidence of activities outside of study. It is awarded in addition to the degree and will give the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities that boost career prospects and show a commitment to personal development. For further information see

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