Two students sitting with a career advisor

Student career services

Become career ready at Liverpool John Moores University.

Career support with the International Study Centre

We know how important developing your career prospects while you study is, so we have developed a number of innovative preparation programmes to help support your career progression and prepare you for life after university.

CareerAhead

At Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre, we will ensure you become familiar with the world of work. We know that graduate recruiters and top employers are looking for a specialist range of skills and we will help you develop these as part of your course.

To give you a head start, you will undertake a variety of CareerAhead activities as part of your course to help you become a confident, professional, employable graduate. We will help you to work on skills to improve your employability, such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. You will also write a personal development plan, setting goals for your time at university. 

Career support at Liverpool John Moores University

When you progress to Liverpool John Moores University you'll benefit from award-winning careers support, including world-class facilities, work placements for students, internships and expert business advice. All staff will help you get the most out of your degree at Liverpool John Moores University, and maximise your chance of success in the job market. This helps make our students successful.

Career services offered by the University include:

Students can receive individual career support at the University at our campus-based Careers Zones. The Zones are the focal point for careers support at Liverpool John Moores University where you can book one to one appointments with our team of Careers and Employability Advisers for careers guidance interviews, CV and application form reviews, help with postgraduate applications and much more.

You can also pick up a range of careers information including our school-specific Career Planning Guides, programme level Career Insights and Careers Mini Guides as well as a range of other careers literature. The Zones also host regular visits from a range local and national organisations where you can meet, network and talk to them about job, placement and other opportunities.

A range of digital careers tools are available via the Careers website to enable you to work on vitally important employability and transition skills at your own pace, in your own time, both on or off campus. Tools include CV Builder, interview simulator, careers newsroom, psychometric testing and assessment centre testing portal, an e-Guidance system, job search websites and the GoinGlobal database, which allows you to search for job and internship opportunities in 40 countries around the world.

In addition, you'll benefit from access to a vacancy website for internships, placements and graduate jobs, employability workshops and webinars, employer events and careers fairs.

Competition for professional jobs is tough but LJMU are confident that our career development and employability programme, CareerSmart, will enable you to compete against the best candidates and win.

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

The University also funds a number of internships each year, giving you the chance to work with an organisation for 20 days to gain invaluable work experience. The internships are flexible enabling you to work a day a week alongside your university work or complete the internship in a block during the summer.

Liverpool John Moores University’s facilities are designed to replicate industry environments, so you gain the skills and experience relevant to your chosen career. These include:

  • Science, technology and engineering laboratories
  • Broadcast-quality TV and radio studios
  • Clinical practice suites for midwifery, nursing and paramedic students
  • Forensic scene-of-crime laboratories
  • Theatre and rehearsal facilities
  • Mock courtroom
  • 360-degree ship simulator
  • Art gallery

Your right to work in the UK

Your Student visa allows you to work up to 20 hours a week, so you can gain career skills alongside your studies. A requirement of your Student visa is a 100% attendance rate for your classes at the International Study Centre. By not attending all of your classes, you risk losing your Student visa and your right to study and work in the UK.

The main focus of your time in the UK should be your studies – so you can gain the skills needed for an international career. 

Work after study

After graduating, you will have the skills needed to start your international career with opportunities available all over the world. In the UK, you can access the Graduate Immigration Route – a 2-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities. You can find out more information on this on our visa page.

FTSE companies

and leading business organisations developed the Careers Programme in partnership with the University.

Maryam, an international student, on LJMU's campus

CareerSmart helped me a lot. It gave me an idea of what type of skills I need to develop, what type of skills I already have, what type of person I am and how this degree suits me. It has opened my mind to many, many things.

Maryam from Oman
Studied Extended International Foundation Year in Business and Law
Progressed to BA (Hons) Human Resource Management